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Holgorsen Names Trickett WVU's Starting QB

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 A quarterback race that lasted well into the regular season a year ago is already over, according to West Virginia football coach Dana Holgorsen.

The fourth-year head coach announced on Tuesday that rising senior quarterback Clint Trickett would start for the Mountaineers this fall after not taking a single snap in the spring.

“Clint is 100 percent healthy and is ready to play,” Holgorsen said in a statement released Tuesday afternoon. “He worked hard last season and showed a lot of ability and leadership and deserves the chance to lead the team as a senior. He will be our starter.”

Trickett appeared in eight games, starting seven, in his first season at WVU after transferring from Florida State. On the year, he racked up 1,605 yards on 123-of-233 passing with seven touchdowns.

He was the last of three candidates to get a chance at starting quarterback after junior Paul Millard and freshman Ford Childress each had two opportunities in the first four games. Trickett’s first start was a home game against No. 11 Oklahoma State in which he helped guide West Virginia to a 30-21 upset win.

In that game, Trickett overcame two interceptions to throw for 309 yards and one touchdown on 24-of-50 passing.

This spring, Trickett was recovering from shoulder surgery and did not take any team reps, while Millard, junior college transfer Skyler Howard and Logan Moore rotated under center. The Mountaineers have also welcomed true freshman William Crest to the position this summer.

West Virginia gets its 2014 campaign underway with an Aug. 30 opener against Alabama in the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game. 

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