DALLAS, Texas — Dana Holgorsen, explaining his midsummer appointment of Clint Trickett as West Virginia’s starting quarterback, said he was trying to combat the team’s leadership void.

“The leadership aspect of it is something that we were missing,” Holgorsen said Tuesday at Big 12 media days. “We had a bunch of guys coming back that played a lot of football but there wasn’t any leadership that was present at the quarterback spot, at the skill spot.

“(Trickett) will be able to take that to another level. People follow him. He understands what it takes to be successful.”

A fifth-year senior transfer coming off an underwhelming debut season at WVU, Trickett reportedly has recovered after missing spring practice with shoulder surgery.

“He’s healthy, 100 percent,” Holgorsen said. “Arm strength is awesome, body weight is good.”

Even before sustaining a labrum injury in the upset win over Oklahoma State, Trickett was hampered last season by communication obstacles with his coach. Holgorsen expects Trickett’s first full offseason with the team to create better on-field chemistry and timing.

“He’s been out there working with our guys all summer,” Holgorsen said. “There’s a rapport that needs to exist with him and the receivers in order to be successful. They need to understand each and every one of their little nuances when it comes to being able to get open and sign language and a nod here and a cut‑off there. And all that’s starting to exist with him right now with him and the rest of the guys.”

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  • slapmeimsilly

    No such thing as fate and no time like the present, but for people to be so negative and at the same time still watch every game regardless; I call you sirs hypocrites. Can you do a better job? NOPE! Start at midget league and tell me how good you are!

    • slapmeimsilly

      And to ducks in a row Mountaineers!

  • pat

    I have a feeling tricky trick is going to be just fine. He's not going to take a big hit this year unless it's blind sided. Three seconds then throw away and live to play another down is going to be the rule. I hope!

    • uncle phil

      Better put that excitement on cold ice. It's Holgorsen's job to get everyone all excited to spend money and buy tickets. Do I hope we perform well this year? Of course. But, I also believe it's difficult (not impossible) to change "who" you are as a team in one year. And in case you forget - we were a lousy, awful team last year.

      In the interest of self-preservation, taper that enthusiasm a tad.

      Good luck.

      Phil

      • pat

        I'm a fan. Can't help but believe good things will happen. We'll see how I feel in November lol.

  • Mister Man

    Clint, hopefully, will show something against Alabama to give the Mountaineer fans an inkling of what to expect the rest of the season. I realize, however, he could have a bad game and pick it up the rest of the season.

  • Rick A.

    Check last year's statistics-turnovers. Eliminate them and we'll have a chance.

  • Chris

    Listen up. The 2014 Mountaineer team is going to look very different from last year. Clint is healthy and understands the system. Bradley is going to vastly improve the D. We have skill guys in skill positions.
    O line is solid. We finally have some depth. Take WVU and the points vs. Alabama and expect 9 wins.

    • Jason

      EXPECT 5 or 6 "moral" victories at most.

      • Art in Ohio

        I will take the 6 and hope for a bowl victory.

        • Aaron

          I would love to see some bowl match a bowl eligible WVU against Marshall.

  • cutty77

    If Dana stays with Clint he will leave with him to. OUT THE DOOR.

    • pirate

      Please get a life

      • Mike

        Pirate, go back to East Carolina, wherever that is.

  • David

    Sasquatch, you're an idiot.

    • Ole Sasquatch

      I got 2 dollar shoes on my feet and I ain't gonna be treated this a way!
      https://archive.org/details/straybirds2014-04-09.mtx.flac16

      Song # 20
      Coming to Morgantown soon.

    • Aaron

      I don't agree with Sasquatch very often but to label him an idiot for expressing his opinion reflects more on you then it does him.

      • Mister Man

        *than.

  • Ducks In A Row

    Clint will do fine. A backup to two Heisman candidates, one winning it, says enough. How many college QB's sit behind, and relieve upon injury as Clint did at FSU, a Heisman winning QB? He was injured for goodness sakes. He produced three good quarters of football along with the upset win over oSu. I think we'll all be surprised at his ability, and capability, as he is healthy this year. Let's Go!!!!!!!

  • Ole Sasquatch

    Again, we here how tough it is to play in the big 12. If I had 1 penny for every time I've heard that from Holgorsen and staff I would be a millionaire.
    Now we hear it may be the toughest schedule in the country. Sounds like he's trying to protect himself before the year even starts.
    Tell me if I'm wrong but did'nt we just blow the doors off Oklahoma in a bowl game not too long ago? Did we not put shame to the great Southeastern conference just before that with the win over Georgia. Is the Big 12 suppose to put fear in Ole Sasquatch. Well, hell no.
    That being said I'm willing to give Holgorsen this year to get back on track because he does show the passion necessary to win in games unlike the rest of his staff. They could take a lesson from Trent's father who raised the roof when his offensive line did not perform. Now he coaches the number 1 team in the nation.

    • Aaron

      I'm not making excuses but there is a difference in having six weeks to prepare for a ball game and playing these teams week in and week out.

      Saying that I think we can compete because West Virginia faced similar teams in the Big East. The difference is the number of teams. While each conference has a couple of easy games, the Big 12's 9 game schedule is tougher than the Big East' seven game schedule.

  • squad

    he may be a leader but i've seen him up close at the coliseum and i was surprised at how small he is physically. if he can develop a doug flutie like ability to glance off and roll away he could last a good while. but I think dana's mention of his health is the key. I just wish we had someone else ready behind him so the drop off wont be so big. chances are..and im talking 80% or so in 2014 we will need another qb at some point in the season (hopefully temp unless our balto phenom is ready). trckett is not gonna be able to sit back there like a stick and get hit straight for sacks-it will never last, he's gonna have to roll the pocket a bunch..if we only really have him, then his fragility will be an issue. no question. this is the big 12. he's gonna get hit.

    • Protechcpa

      I could not agree more. I have been a big fan of Trickett since the day I heard he was transferring. He is our guy. My concern is he may not last through the Alabama game. If he is knocked out of that game no one will be surprised and it likely will be simply because no one on our O line can match up with anyone on their D line. What a shame that would be. I hope DH is working on a lot of hot routes that will give Clint a chance to survive.

  • Aaron

    Given the injuries sustained by young Mr. Trickett during his first action, I disagree with Mr. Taylor's assessment in that his performance was underwhelming. Mr. Taylor's assessment is based purely on numbers and does not take into consideration Mr. Trickett's injury. By overcoming the injury and participating in seven more games, Mr. Trickett's performance was remarkable despite what Mr. Taylor states.

  • Hop'sHip

    Bad column, Mr. Taylor! Did you have to bring up Trickett's injury? You obviously hate WVU. How did I do, GoEers? Did I sound less jealous and miserable?

    • PhotoBoothe

      You sound nothing but jealous and miserable. Bringing up Trickett's in jury means that Mr. Taylor is guilty of..., *gasp*, doing his job!!

    • Aaron

      Two things. I understand your comments or sarcasm but still, the article was par the course for Mr. Taylor and Mr. Bartlett contradicted the New York Times article regarding the effective tax rate.

      • Hop'sHip

        The Bruce Bartlett article appeared in the Times. I dispute your interpretation, but this is the sports section where we come to escape politics. But I hear you saying that Mr. Taylor rolled in his par putt (I'm going for a record on using this new word I discovered). I think Mr. Taylor is often informative and sometimes falls short on his attempts at humor. I wouldn't know what that is like because that is not the way I roll.

        • Aaron

          And here I thought humor was Taylor's strong point.

          You can dispute my claim but it's on the other thread in black and white.

  • justin

    its all about defense this year

    • justin

      if the defense can make stops we should have a decent season

      • modlin

        I have to agree. Defense will be make or break us if we can score!

        • Aaron

          The offense put up 24 points a game and 400 yards last year including the fifth most passing yards and WVU history.

          Defense was the problem last year as well.

          • Aaron

            That's not spin as I agree completely. For the offensive numbers one of their major weaknesses was far too often they went 3 and out and put the defense back on the field. Or they turned the ball over.

            The Maryland game was a microcosm of those issues. West Virginia out gained Maryland in both yardage and first downs but short fields and time of possession both went to Maryland. The result was a drubbing.

          • JTL

            I have to agree but let me put this spin on it... Our defense was better than the year before but they simply got worn out toward the end of games and completely worn out at seasons end. YES the defense needs to yet improve but the offense also needs to help them out by keeping them off the field and letting them rest. Way too many short 3 and outs by our offense last year.

  • Stephen W

    WVU going to surprise in '14 with average quarterback play last year WVU would have won 8 games the defense played well enough but QB play lost 8 games

  • don

    Good luck with the communication when he's laying flat on his back with a 300 lb lineman on top of him. Better pick his backup because he obviously can't stand up to the constant pounding. I hope he has gotten away from those sack saving hail Mary's that the opposing defensive backs grew to love last season.

    • ViennaGuy

      Can't entirely blame Trickett for those Hail Mary passes - remember, the offensive line was not so good, either.

      • Stephen W

        Trickett had what? 6 weeks in the offense before ok st. Trickett gets the ball through week 6 if the team is 3-3 or better keep going . Worse than 3-3 start Howard.... Find out what he's got if not much start '15 with Crest