Why West Virginia Is Best Transfer Option for Ex-Florida State QB Clint Trickett

Lisa HornePac-12 and Big 12 Lead WriterApril 19, 2013

Florida State quarterback Clint Trickett is transferring, according to ESPN and other media outlets, and is reportedly considering South Florida and West Virginia.

CBS Sports columnist Bruce Feldman is reporting that Trickett is planning to visit West Virginia this weekend.

Trickett doesn't have a big arm, but that may be just perfect for Dana Holgorsen's offense. Short, timed passes to receivers flooding the zones could be just what Holgorsen needs to rebound from life without Geno Smith. 

Redshirt freshman Ford Childress and junior Paul Millard appear to be battling to replace Smith. Holgorsen has indicated that he's not ready to make a decision at quarterback or any of the other vacant starting spots. More from the Daily Athenaeum:

We have done a lot of teaching and a lot of evaluating. We have a long way to go on all three sides of the ball. We are not prepared to name any starters, and in my mind, I am not prepared to figure out what type of team we will have yet.

So, would West Virginia be a good option for Trickett? 

Playing in a BCS conference under a coach with a genius offensive mind is a good reason to consider West Virginia. After all, Smith was a Heisman contender in 2012.

Contrary to what many believe, Holgorsen's offense is not that complex—he installed his modified Air Raid offense in three days when he became West Virginia's head coach prior to the 2011 season. What Holgorsen preaches is practiced repetition and allowing the quarterback freedom to make adjustments at the line. 

Scout's Mike Bakas had this to say about Trickett as a prospect out of high school:

He has a live arm, he can make plays with his feet, he throws a very catchable ball, he's very accurate, and he won a couple state championships at the prep level that showed off his leadership skills. 

Trickett would be a great addition to this offense for several reasons, but the most important one is this: As a transfer, the playbook isn't that difficult to memorize and Trickett would have all summer to practice it with receivers in a non-school-sponsored setting.

Trickett has thrown for 947 yards, seven touchdowns and four interceptions over the last two seasons. According to an ESPN report, Trickett is expected to be eligible to play this fall:

Trickett is on track to complete his degree, meaning he would be able to transfer to another FBS school without having to sit out a year, under NCAA rules for graduate students.

Unless Wisconsin—a recent haven for quarterback transfers—shows interest, West Virginia looks like a great transfer option for Trickett.