Statistics have shown that quarterbacks always succeed in their second season under Dana Holgorsen. This year is no different for Senior Clint Trickett who is putting up impressive numbers including 2203 total passing yards which is best for 3rd in the nation and best in the Big 12 conference at the midway point. Trickett is also 3rd in the nation in yards per game at 367.2.
Through Holgorsen’s coaching tenure as either offensive coordinator or head coach QB’s have put up big numbers in his “air raid” offensive attack, especially in their second season. In 2009 Case Keenum threw for over 5671 yards in his second season under Holgorsen. He also ended the season with a QB rating of 154.8. For comparison Geno Smith threw for 4205 yards and ended the season with a QB rating of 163.9. Trickett currently as a QB rating of 153.8. (NOTE: Geno Smith did have more passing yards in 2011 but he combined 4205 yds and 42 TD passes in 2012, his second season under Holgorsen). Interestingly enough, the 42 TD passes in 2012 was a Mountaineer record and tied him for 20th all time with Chad Pennington of Marshall who threw for the same number in 1997.
With Trickett currently sitting at 2203 yards at the midway point of the season it is very likely he will surpass the 4000 yard plateau which would rival many of Holgorsen’s past successes such as Smith, Graham Harrell (2006 Texas Tech, 4555 yds), and Brandon Weeden (2010 Oklahoma State, 4277 yds). It also sets Trickett up to break the top 5 in career passing yards in Mountaineer history. The #5 spot currently belongs to Oliver Luck with 5658 career passing yds. Trickett currently sits at 3808 career passing yards.
With weapons such as Kevin White, Mario Alford, and an emerging Jordan Thompson Trickett has the ability to put up numbers this season that will give him his place in the Mountaineer record books. If Trickett were to keep his average of 367.2 passing yards per game for the rest of the season we would end the 2014 campaign with 4406 passing yards. This would rank Trickett as 4th all-time in Mountaineer history with 6011 career passing yards putting him right behind WVU legend Pat White at 6049 and beating out both Oliver Luck at #5 and Chad Johnston at #4. Moreover it would set a WVU record for most passing yards in a single season which is currently held by Geno Smith (4385 yds, 2011).
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