When Clint Trickett made the decision to transfer from Florida State to West Virginia, some thought it was crazy to make the move. After all, Trickett could have played behind Jameis Winston and won a national championship, or he could leave the Noles and find playing time elsewhere.
Trickett would always be asked if he had any regret about leaving the Florida State program. While the decision was hard, Trickett said he didn’t have any regrets.
“It definitely was tough to leave FSU. It would’ve been tougher if I wasn’t going to a place I was familiar with, like West Virginia, but since I was so familiar with it, that made it a lot easier. Still, you know leaving those guys that I’ve grown to love and then of course my family, you know that’s that’s never easy.”
“Regrets? No. Absolutely not,” Trickett said. “This was my dream, you know, to play for West Virginia. I think it all worked out. Hell, I coulda gone to Auburn, Florida State, or West Virginia. Two of the three are playing in the National Championship, but you know, I think I’m in the right spot, as far as playing and everything else in my personal life. I love the people up there, so it worked out for everyone.”
Trickett’s decision couldn’t have been better for the Mountaineers.
After coming off a rough 2013 campaign that saw a surgery in January to repair a torn labrum, AC joint and rotator cuff in his throwing shoulder, his outlook for the 2014 season was unknown, although reports out of Morgantown had him ready to go.
And boy was he ever ready to go.
Trickett has since extended his West Virginia all-time school record with 8 straight 300-yard passing games.
On Saturday, Trickett threw two of his three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter leading the Mountaineers to a 41-27 upset over No. 4 Baylor in Morgantown.
He spent most of Friday with the flu, then reports surfaced on Saturday afternoon that his father, current Florida State offensive line coach Rick Trickett, wouldn’t coach tonight against Notre Dame due to health reasons.
With his dad on his mind and overcoming his own heath issues, Trickett willed his way to another victory, much like he did last season against Oklahoma State.
On of Trickett’s favorite targets, Kevin White talked about his quarterback after the game.
“Clint did a great job,” White said.
On the season, Trickett is 197 of 289 for 2525 yards, 15 touchdowns and 5 interceptions.
With the nation’s leading receiver in Kevin White on the outside and other high profile games on the horizon, Trickett has time to build on his legacy.
WVU travels to Stillwater next weekend to face Oklahoma State. The game will be televised by ESPN with a 3:30 kick.
***The BGS.com staff extends our thoughts and prayers to Clint and the entire Trickett family. We wish Coach Trickett a speedy recovery.***