Obviously, Clint Trickett is a pretty big John Denver fan.
Over three seasons at Florida State, Trickett backed up two first round NFL draft picks in Christian Ponder and then EJ Manuel. Finally, the 2013 season was supposed to be his in which to shine. However, he was overtaken on the depth chart by redshirt freshman star Jameis Winston in the spring and instead of carrying a clipboard for a fourth consecutive year, Trickett decided to transfer out of Tallahassee.
On Wednesday, Trickett announced that he would be following those country roads on out to West Virginia, the former stomping grounds of Mountaineers star Geno Smith (Tangent: In a very loose connection, EJ Manuel’s first round selection by Buffalo is one of the reasons Smith dropped to the second round of the 2013 Draft, so now both the 2012 and 2013 WVU quarterbacks have reasons to dislike Mr. Manuel).
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’s father, Ryan, is the current Florida State offensive line coach, but he originally began his coaching career with the Mountaineers.
As for son Clint’s eligibility, Trickett graduated from FSU in three years, making him eligible to play right away as a graduate student transfer.
For the rest of the analysis, let’s send it on down to the one and only John Freakin’ Denver: