Former Florida State quarterback Clint Trickett is transferring to West Virginia, Cole Harvey of The Orlando Sentinel reports via Twitter.
— Coley Harvey (@os_coleyharvey) May 1, 2013
Trickett confirmed via his Twitter account:
It’s official, I will finish my academic/athletic career at WVU. This is a dream come true to be playin for the state I love. #CountryRoads
— Clint Trickett (@ClintTrickett9) May 1, 2013
Trickett is immediately eligible, perhaps giving West Virginia Mountaineers head coach Dana Holgorsen is answer at starting quarterback. West Virginia replaces Geno Smith, who threw for 4205 yards and a nation-leading 42 touchdowns in 2012.
Paul Millard operated as the Mountaineers’ first string quarterback during their April 20 spring game and passed for three touchdowns. Millard appears to be Trickett’s most likely competition for the starting job come preseason camp.
Holgorsen installed a pass-happy, air raid spread offense at West Virginia. But it won’t be as simple as step behind center, rack up big numbers for Smith’s successor. The Mountaineers lose several key pieces from last season’s 39.5 point per game offense, namely wide receivers Stedman Bailey and Tavon Austin. The explosive duo caught for nearly 3000 yards and 37 touchdowns.
West Virginia beat out USF and Auburn for Trickett’s services. Like WVU, both ended spring practices with question marks at quarterback. USF lost four-year starter B.J. Daniels, while Auburn has had a revolving door at quarterback since Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton left for the NFL.