Florida State quarterback Clint Trickett to transer
[dropcap]F[/dropcap]lorida State quarterback Clint Trickett has been granted a release and will transfer.
Though Jimbo Fisher has yet to name a starting quarterback, redshirt freshman Jameis Winston was the only quarterback to take all of his snaps with the first team offense in last Saturday’s spring game. The battle to replace E.J. Manuel will now focused on Winston and sophomore Jacob Coker.
Trickett appeared in 10 games as a Seminole, starting two when Manuel was injured. Last season, Trickett he completed 22-of-34 for 272 yards in a relief role.
“After a long meeting with Clint, he expressed he’d like to explore another playing opportunity, and I’ve signed off on his wish,” Fisher said in a statement.
“Clint has not only been a great player for our program, but a great young man and ambassador for Florida State who will graduate in a few weeks. He’s been a part of this program for a long time and we wish nothing but the best for him in his future endeavors.”
Trickett, the son of FSU offensive line coach Rick Trickett, took to Twitter to thank fans.
“Wanna thank everyone for their kind words of encouragement,” Trickett tweeted. “Will always be an FSU alumnus!”
According to the Orlando Sentinel, Trickett is rumored to be interested in visiting South Florida and West Virginia, among other schools. Though Trickett played high school ball in Tallahassee, he spent his early years in Morgantown while his father was an assistant coach for the Mountaineers. USF and West Virginia lost starting quarterbacks B.J. Daniels and Geno Smith, respectively.
Winston, a former 5-star recruit from Hueytown, Ala., was 12-for-15 for 205-yards and two touchdowns in the spring game. He threw a 58-yard scoring strike on the opening play.
The performance had fans and media buzzing, and he is considered the favorite to win the job this fall.
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