WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen announced yesterday during his press conference that Clint Trickett has been cleared to return to practice and participate in the Liberty Bowl which takes place in just 10 days. When asked whether Trickett would be the starter against Texas A&M Holgorsen stated,
“I don’t know yet. It’s about how they look in practice. Regardless of position, it’s always going to be who gives us the best chance to win.’’
Trickett suffered a concussion against Kansas St on November 20th that has sidelined him since. Skyler Howard started the final game of the season in a win against Iowa State. There has never truly been a question as to who the starter is for the Mountaineers. If you recall, even before Trickett was cleared to return after his offseason shoulder surgery Holgorsen was steadfast that Trickett would be the man.
There is a different between that time and now though. The staff has gotten to see and develop both Skyler Howard and William Crest. Crest was sidelined early in the season due to a shoulder injury that resulted in Holgorsen placing him on medical redshirt. However, since Trickett’s injury both Howard and Crest have shared first team reps in practice.
The fact that Trickett has not taken any reps over the last month could ultimately lead to him not seeing the field in his final game as a Mountaineer, something that is quite frankly sad to see given everything the senior QB has endured while at WVU. Even though both Crest and Howard have split reps in preparation for the Liberty Bowl Howard will be the starter if Trickett is unable to go. Holgorsen insinuated that it could come down to a game-time decision between Howard and Trickett.
“Trickett is ready to go. He hasn’t been taking reps over the last month, so we’ve got to evaluate him in practice; not only here, but in the bowl game as well; to see where he’s at,’’ Holgorsen said. “If you don’t take reps it’s going to hurt you. Skyler’s been taking a lot of those reps, so we’ll monitor it here in practice this week and when we get down there we’ll look at it and make a decision.’’
Trickett has just over a week to get back to game ready form.