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Clint Trickett named West Virginia's starting quarterback

Nick Bromberg
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West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen speaks with quarterback Clint Trickett (9) during a timeout in the second quarter of their NCAA college football game against Iowa State in Morgantown, W.Va., on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013
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West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen speaks with quarterback Clint Trickett (9) during a timeout in the second quarter of their NCAA college football game against Iowa State in Morgantown, W.Va., on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Christopher Jackson)

West Virginia didn't want to wait until the conclusion of preseason camp to name a starting quarterback.

The school announced Wednesday that Clint Trickett would be the Mountaineers' starter for the season-opener against Alabama.

“Clint is 100 percent healthy and is ready to play.” Holgorsen told 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 had surgery for a torn labrum in January but was atop the team's spring depth chart.

He served as the backup to Florida State's E.J. Manuel in 2012 and transferred at the end of the season. (Jameis Winston redshirted in 2012, though Trickett told CBS Sports in January he transferred because of the dynamic with his father on staff. His dad Rick is an assistant at FSU.) He played eight games in 2013 and was West Virginia's leading passer. He went 123-233 passing for 1,605 yards, seven touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Trickett's announcement as the starter for the first game of the season also means it'll likely be a battle of former FSU quarterbacks as former FSU QB Jacob Coker will probably start for Alabama.

After not playing in three of the first four games of the season, Trickett got his first start of 2013 in West Virginia's upset win over Oklahoma State – the highlight of an otherwise moribound season for the Mountaineers. Paul Millard and Ford Childress also saw time at QB for West Virginia in 2013 but they too weren't incredibly succesful. Both threw for as many touchdowns as interceptions as well.

In January, Childress left the team after he wasn't enrolled in the spring semester.

For more West Virginia news, visit WVSports.com.

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