West Virginia Mountaineers head coach Dana Holgorsen announced on Thursday that transfer quarterback Clint Trickett — awesome name, by the way — will start for the Mountaineers this upcoming weekend in the game against No. 11 Oklahoma State.
Trickett will be the third quarterback to start for West Virginia this season. Paul Millard was initially named the starter, but he was benched in favor of Ford Childress after losing to Oklahoma in the second game of the season. Childress won his first start but suffered a pectoral injury in West Virginia’s 37-0 loss to Maryland last weekend and has not practiced all week.
Trickett transferred to West Virginia after spending two season backing up E.J. Manuel at Florida State. He never received a lot of playing time but did reasonably well when he was able to get on the field, throwing for seven touchdowns and almost 1,000 yards over the course of his two years there. When it became clear that phenom Jameis Winston was going to be the FSU starting quarterback in 2013, Trickeet decided to leave.
Hopefully the transfer QB will be able to energize a West Virginia offense that’s looked dead in the water this year. The Mountaineers are only averaging 18 points per game and are ranked 74th in the nation in passing yards, a far cry from where they were last year with Geno Smith at the helm.
The game against Oklahoma State will begin a noon (ET) on ESPN.