By Kyle Lovern
MORGANTOWN – There is not as much pressure on WVU’s Clint Trickett who was named the starting quarterback heading into camp despite having surgery on his shoulder in the off-season.
Trickett said he is getting back in shape. He addressed the media earlier this week.
“I’m a lean guy. I’m not the biggest guy there is. To not have to worry at the end of the night about that is really nice. I’m eating better, and I’m overall healthier. It progressively got better, along with my shoulder,” the Florida State transfer said.
Trickett transferred to Morgantown last summer and eventually became the team’s starting signal caller. However, injuries forced him to the sideline.
“I started out doing nothing, then walking, jogging, putting my arm over my head, and so forth. It’s mainly been doing a lot on the left and not a lot on the right, but now it’s even. I’ve been lifting, and I’m finally doing the same weight on both arms, so that can only help me,” Trickett said.
When asked about his shoulder strength, Trickett said, “I’m completely fine. Last year, I took a lot of stuff to mask my pain. This year, it’s fine. It was a long offseason, thinking that I might not be normal again. To go out there, and it actually be okay and to get positive results is a huge relief.”
Trickett, like the other two quarterbacks, is getting a workout in practice. The WVU staff has them throwing a lot of passes in practice.
“Last year it caught me off guard how much West Virginia throws. However, I’m used to it now so I’m fine. The coaches are extremely cautious with me. Sometimes they have me slow it down. When I’m doing individual drills for quarterback, I’m not lobbing them in the net 100 percent. If I can maintain 60 percent and save my arm, then I’m good,” Trickett added.
He said camp was going good so far.
“This time of year I’m used to going against two or three guys, but I’m still competitive. I care so much about it that it literally ate me up inside last year. My celiac and stuff really kept me away from focusing, but this year it’s different. Four practices in, I can see that we’re doing a really good job with everything,” Trickett said.
WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen has been pleased with Trickett’s performance in preseason practice sessions.
“Clint Trickett is doing really well at it. Wide receiver Mario Alford and wide receiver Kevin White are light years ahead of where they were last year, technique-wise. We’re able to get real specific on technique, because we’re not teaching them what to do all the time. The timing and the continuity between Clint and those guys is light years ahead of where it was last year,” Holgorsen said. “A lot of it goes back to that. It takes more than just a fast kid to run down field and a quarterback to throw the ball down there – it takes more than that. It takes technique, and it takes practice. They are much more on the same page than they were at any point last year.”
WVU opens the season with highly ranked Alabama in the Chick-fil-A Bowl game on August 30.
(Kyle Lovern is the Sports Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)