When you reach this point of the college football season, training rooms are filled with players.
The West Virginia University football team is no different. One hot topic around the program centers around the status of quarterback Clint Trickett.
Trickett, who was knocked out of the Kansas State game with a concussion, did not practice on Tuesday and hasn’t been cleared by the medical staff. WVU head football coach Dana Holgorsen believes Trickett should be good to go on Wednesday.
“He’s dinged up right now. It’s still unknown as far as what’s going to happen,” Holgorsen said. “We’ve got all those guy repping right now. We’re going to continue to evaluate the situation today, tomorrow, Thursday and even on Friday to see exactly who’s going to be getting the reps.”
“He got dinged up and they took his helmet, so I guess that means he had a concussion. Yes. So did Jordan Thompson, and Jordan is cleared and ready to go.” he said.
Besides Trickett and Thompson, Daryl Worley and Terrell Chesnut have been dealing with nagging injuries on defense.
“He’s got a lingering shoulder issue. Again, guys, keep in mind that we’re in week 12 now,” Holgorsen said. “What we’re dealing with is what everybody else in the country is dealing with. There are going to be guys banged up. Worley went out in the third quarter. (Terrell) Chestnut went out in the second quarter. Those two guys have been banged up all year. They play hard. Chestnut has been cleared and is ready to go”
While those players are important pieces of the puzzle, the focus continues to center around Trickett, who Holgorsen says has done nothing to lose his job.
“Clint (Trickett) is our starting quarterback,” he said. “He’s been our starting quarterback for 11 games. He’s been a huge part in the success that we’ve had offensively. He’s done a great job for us. He’s dinged up right now. It’s still unknown as far as what’s going to happen. We’ve got all those guy repping right now. We’re going to continue to evaluate the situation today, tomorrow, Thursday and even on Friday to see exactly who’s going to be getting the reps.”
If Trickett can’t go on Saturday, Skyler Howard will get the ball. The staff has been pleased with the progress over the last few months and give him credit for giving the team a spark against Kansas State.
“After watching the tape, it did nothing but confirm what I said on Thursday night, I was extremely happy with how he went in there and the spark that he gave us. He’s been here for almost a year now and has taken a lot of reps.” Holgorsen said.
WVU offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson also discussed Howard.
“Execution wise I thought he went out there and did well. The biggest thing was that he gave us a spark,” Dawson said. “He re-energized us and put us back in contention to try and win the game, I thought he did a really good job.”
With the status of Trickett in the air, don’t be surprised to see Howard under center when the Mountaineers face Iowa State this weekend in Ames, Iowa.
If the Mountaineers can get by this weekend, it would give Trickett a month to rest and prepare for a bowl game. Given the situation, it may be best that Trickett take the weekend off.
Then again, we may have seen the last of Clint Trickett in the old Gold and Blue.
Quotes via – WVU Sports Information