West Virginia took care of the biggest piece of offseason business June 24, long before the Mountaineers started preseason practice Thursday at Mountaineer Field. Clint Trickett was named the starting quarterback despite missing spring football and watching Paul Millard, Skyler Howard and Logan Moore attempt to distinguish themselves in his absence.
Never, though, did one of them do enough to keep Dana Holgorsen from pulling the trigger from a distance. While Holgorsen never saw Trickett play in the 15 spring practices, he saw a scenario in which a healthy Trickett was the best option for an offense that needed a figurehead.
Holgorsen just needed a healthy Trickett following surgery in January to repair damage done to the AC joint, labrum and rotator cuff in his right/throwing shoulder. The fifth-year senior was given the green light just before Holgorsen named him the starter and Trickett took it from there during workouts. He began his second season with the Mountaineers as the unquestioned leader throwing crisp passes in easy drills Thursday.