West Virginia University football coach Dana Holgorsen made his official decision that redshirt senior Clint Trickett will be the starting quarterback for the Mountaineers this season.
"Clint is 100 percent healthy and is ready to play," Holgorsen said in a piece by Mike Montoro on WVUSports.com. "He worked hard last season and showed a lot of ability and leadership and deserves the chance to lead the team as a senior. He will be our starter."
Trickett was inserted as the starter on the depth chart following West Virginia's spring practice sessions earlier this year after suffering a shoulder injury that required surgery in January. During those practices in March and April, Holgorsen ran the offense with Paul Millard, Logan Moore and Skylar Howard.
In eight games played for West Virginia last year, Trickett completed 123-of-233 pass attempts for 1605 passing yards along with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions for West Virginia. The best of those eight games came in West Virginia's 30-21 upset of then-No. 11 Oklahoma State, the same game where his shoulder was injured, on September 28, as Trickett completed 24-of-50 passes for 309 yards and two touchdowns.
With the bruising style of football played by the Alabama Crimson Tide under Coach Nick Saban, Trickett should avoid taking another big hit like ones he took last year in West Virginia's season opener in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff game in Atlanta on August 30.
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