Former Florida State QB Clint Trickett to transfer to West Virginia

Florida State Seminoles quarterback Clint Trickett (9) during the second half of the game against the Savannah State Tigers at Doak Campbell Stadium. (Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports)

Former Florida State Seminoles quarterback Clint Trickett (9) is taking his talents to Morgantown, West Virginia. (Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports)

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).

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:

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  • PA Guy

    This is the best news for Mountaineer football since their last BCS bowl blowout against Clemson. I have nothing against Millard or Childress but they lack real game time experience and their spring performance shows it. I was disappointed when Tanner McEvoy chose Wisconsin over WVU. The availability of a mature Clint Tricket, who already played well against the Sooners when Manuel was hurt, is a windfall that will benefit our program that struggled at the end of last season. I don’t expect WVU to win the Big 12 but with Tricket the team will be much more competitive, especially in those close games that we had a chance to win. Combined with a more experience defense and a Top 25 incoming recruitng call. Trickett can make a real difference. As the son of a native West Virginian, Trickett is fond of WV and WVU. I think Mountaineers will show instant love like they did for Jeff Hostetler who transferred from Penn State years ago and ended-up marrying the coach’s daughter. lol

  • Barry Rose

    How about getting his Father’s name correct: Rick.

    • Gamedayr Media network, LLC

      Thank you for the correction on that, Barry.