By now, most WVU Football fans know plenty about senior quarterback Clint Trickett.
The son of a college football coach and Preston County native, Trickett affectionately displays his pleasure of being back home in the Mountain State any chance he gets.
He has also been known to speak his mind, using honesty as a virtue to showcase his personality and character to the local media.
On Tuesday night, he demonstrated his honesty in front of an array of cameras and microphones inside the WVU Milan Puskar Center team meeting room, proving why he may be the best and most comical sound bite that WVU Football has to offer.
Trickett was asked a question about his relationship with fellow West Virginia native and Alabama Head Football Coach Nick Saban. Trickett's father, Florida State Offensive Line Coach Rick Trickett, coached alongside Saban while at Louisiana State University.
One would be led to believe that the previous statement would be the extent of Trickett's relationship with Saban. But in typical Clint Trickett form, his response was just getting started.
“He worked with [my Dad] at LSU. I know him from there. His daughter was also my first kiss – Kristen. That was back in the day,” he added, garnering a noticeable and rather obnoxious cluster of laughs from the surrounding media.
“So yeah, I don't know if I should've said that. She's actually engaged now,” he said.
In a room full of television and print journalism reporters asking serious questions to other WVU Football players about their level of focus in preparation for the biggest game of the year, Trickett offered a bombshell of a comment to break the night completely open.
He specified his comment with a follow-up not too long afterward.
“For clarification, we were like six years old – just so everyone knows that,” he explained, amassing another episode of laughs.
His lighthearted and playful charisma has been even more evident since the spring, offering a looser and more comfortable version of Clint Trickett.
It's comments like that, which although maybe not politically correct, offer a level of evident relaxation, not only under Dana Holgorsen, but also as a student at West Virginia University.
Holgorsen has publicly applauded Trickett's understanding of the offense during the spring, summer and fall camp workouts. It's been widely regarded that Holgorsen's offense is not something that can be learned overnight, involving a certain type of signage and verbiage that can only be understood over an extended period of time.
Trickett did not have long to figure out Holgorsen's offense last year after entering the program in August. The results showed on the field, ultimately ending with a 4-8 overall record.
But according to Trickett – oh what a difference a single year can make.
“Man, I didn't fully understand why I wasn't starting at the beginning of the year last year at the time. But I do now – I wasn't ready to go. But now I am ready to go. So on a 1-to-10, I would say I was a 1 [last year] and a 10 [this year],” he said.
Holgorsen will be banking on Trickett's understanding of the offense to point the Mountaineers back in the winning direction. With a flurry of talented and experienced offensive weapons at his disposal, it will certainly take a bit more pressure off his plate as opposed to what he dealt with last year.
Not only was Trickett dealing with a brand new offense, but also was slugging it out with two other quarterbacks on the roster for playing time. It's the same thing that Alabama junior quarterback Jacob Coker is enduring at the moment. Trickett and Coker played alongside each other while at Florida State in 2012, forging a friendship in the process.
Trickett admitted he had a few words of wisdom for his counterpart, yet good friend prior to Saturday's big game.
“Not this week, but I talked to him [Coker] last week,” he said. “I wished him the best of luck. I was in the very same situation last year and just said ‘hey, it's going to be a long year.' No matter what happens, there's going to be ups and downs, and [I just told him] to not get too high or too low.”
Under Nick Saban, Alabama has been considered a favorite more times than not. On Saturday, the Crimson Tide will be favored to defeat West Virginia by 27 points – or in other words, nearly four touchdowns.
Not to mention, Alabama is the No. 2-ranked team in the nation. Does that mean the Crimson Tide is unbeatable?
“Absolutely not. They've been beaten before. They're a great, phenomenal team. But everyone has been beaten before. There's no such thing as an unbeatable team. Any given Sunday, any given Saturday – same thing,” he concluded.
After talking about Alabama and West Virginia for the last six months, the day is finally approaching. It's real now.
Nonetheless, in order for the Mountaineers to turn victory into reality, they will need Clint Trickett's experience and poise to step up while the lights are shining the brightest.