MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Clint Trickett’s right shoulder reportedly is fine. Dana Holgorsen’s voice is not.

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Clint Trickett was 24-of-50 fo 309 yards in WVU’s win over Oklahoma State 30-21 in Morgantown.

Through raspy and hoarse tones he feared could be the onset of laryngitis, West Virginia’s head coach announced Thursday night that Trickett would start against No. 17 Baylor on Saturday in Waco, Texas.

Trickett’s status had been uncertain since he absorbed a fourth-quarter pounding from Oklahoma State defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah. Though Trickett missed only one play and returned to finish the final two drives in the 30-21 upset victory, he favored his right arm noticeably and was deemed questionable by coaches early in the week.

Holgorsen, as has become almost a weekly occurrence on his radio call-in show, used the platform to announce his starting quarterback. Though Trickett was 24-of-50 for 309 yards against Oklahoma State, his first start as a Mountaineer was marked by communication lapses with Holgorsen. The coach, who said he required a steroids prescription for his sore throat, joked about losing his voice from screaming at Trickett during practice, frustrated by the Florida State transfer’s inability to pick up signals from the sideline.

“I can’t just be deliberate with the signs,” said Holgorsen, citing his need to be quick and cagey with sideline motions in order to prevent opposing defenses from stealing playcalls.

To that end, Holgorsen said Trickett is showing improvement not only with understanding Holgorsen’s signs, but also relaying them to the offense at the line of scrimmage. That’s why Holgorsen sensed the junior gives WVU its best chance of defeating Baylor, even though the coach said Ford Childress (torn pectoral) and opening-day starter Paul Millard are healthy and available.

“Clint’s getting better,” Holgorsen said. “This is what he’s waited for a long time. He doesn’t want to screw it up.”

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Comments

  • eduardo

    Mind boggling to me that only alumni support Luck while the Wal-Mart Mountaineers have "there" doubts lol. We cannot afford to pay him what Texas will. They will triple his salary. Hope he doesn't take Coach with him.

  • Big Larry

    I'll bet Oliver Luck goes to texas for sure. I would. All that beef brisket you guys talk about......

    Baylor - 70
    WVU - 4

  • Rob T.

    Luck is a business man, he would be a stupid one not to listen to offers or oppertunities. You guys think this is the first one!!!!! Besides if we really think we are one of the big boys in CFB we should expect our coaches and directers to take calls, just the nature of the beast! GO MOUNTIES!!!!!

    • Pat

      Agree. And if he leaves we'll find a qualified replacement with fwd thinking like Mr Luck.

  • Magic Mike

    This will be an embarrassing loss.

  • Rock Solid

    Hey maybe we can get the the car tipping guys to play offensive line, and help us instead of embarrassing us. Amazing what alcohol can do to slow brain function and get courage up against a defensless car. Way to go to students. Really sad!

  • Rock Solid

    We won the ok-state game for two reasons, and two reasons only. Clint would not let us lose, and his attitude flowed to the other players, offense and defense. Have not seen that kind of determination in the last 2 years. Hats off to Clint, hope our slow players on the line don't get him killed. He truly shows Mountaineer pride. Hope it is contagious!

  • J the C

    The key to the rest of the season is getting some effective performance from the O line. My understanding is that it comes down to teaching these guys how to execute. We won't get any consistent scoring from the offense until Trickett gets a little time in the pocket, and the running backs get a little daylight at the line of scrimmage.

  • Bim

    Baylor has not played anyone that would give them a challenge on either side of the ball. I am thinking WVU will be the same team that played OSU and give Baylor their first real test.

  • leroy j gibbs

    Luck will be AD at Texas no doubt in my mind

  • cutty77

    I'm not and have not been a Trickett Fan. He's a Great Kid,comes from a Great Family. He is not the future of WVU Football,because he can't hold up to the Beating he is already taking after one game.This Team is lead By The Defense,make no mistake about that. Our Screen Door OL line can't protect anybody,thats why we will need 3 QB's all year.It will be last Man or QB standing. lol

  • clarence burgess

    I am a loyal fan of wv.we can win against baylor we have to score on defense as well as offense.if we hold them an put major pressure on the qb we will win go mountaineers

  • Chef Camille

    Luck is a big fan of beef brisket. The Austin stop is part of his 30 best brisket places to eat in the US.

  • MojoJojo

    Oliver Luck is stopping by Austin on his way to Waco today. Wonder what will be discussed in Austin??

    • Steve

      If true he will probably be discussing the AD job. When you make a University an extra $30 million in 3 years, people take notice.

      • Greg

        MojoJojo must be Luck's travel agent if she knows this.

  • leroy jethro gibbs

    texas looked like a big east team last night
    iowa st looked pretty good
    dont think they will be pushovers

    • Chet Ubetcha

      Iowa state is terrible, and I mean terrible. Not sure what that means for Texas other than Mack Brown is surely fired

  • wvu dad

    Main thing is qb does not cost the game. Play the healthiest let the team win the game. Three keys 1. Keep sticking and punishing running backs and receivers.
    2. Get a punt returner that can catch and make decisions.
    3. Left tackle must protect blind side.
    Was at last years score fest Baylor had trouble with up tempo and deep passes.
    A win would be awesome but odds makers give us no chance.