Quarterback Clint Trickett transfers to West Virginia
MAY 01, 2013 1:42p ET
The former Florida State quarterback, who decided he would transfer on April 17, announced on his Twitter that he would land at West Virginia, and WVU football spokesman Mike Montoro confirmed Trickett's transfer Wednesday.
"It's official, I will finish my academic/athletic career at WVU," Trickett announced Wednesday. "This is a dream come true to be playing for the state I love. #CountryRoads"
Trickett lived in West Virginia from 2001-06 when his father, Rick, was the Mountaineers' offensive line coach. The Trickett family moved to Tallahassee in 2007 when Rick took over as Florida State's offensive line coach, a position he still holds.
Clint Trickett threw for 947 yards, seven touchdowns and four interceptions in his Seminoles career. A pocket passer, Trickett played eight games last season as EJ Manuel's backup and went 22 of 34 for 272 yards. In 2011, he started games against Wake Forest and Clemson. He passed for 336 yards and three touchdowns at Clemson.
He entered the spring as the No. 1 quarterback but opted to transfer days after Jameis Winston impressed in Florida State's spring game. Trickett completed 22 of 32 passes for 259 yards during the spring game, but redshirt freshman Winston was the star and seemed to establish himself as the front-runner to start this season. Sophomore Jacob Coker is also in the mix.
The junior is on target to graduate this month and can transfer and be eligible to play in the fall. He will have two years of eligibility remaining.
West Virginia is replacing quarterback Geno Smith, who was drafted in the second round by the New York Jets. Ford Childress and Paul Millard have been competing to win the job.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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