West Virginia QB Clint Trickett named starter for opener vs. Alabama

Clint Trickett, the listed No. 1 quarterback, sat out the spring after undergoing shoulder surgery. (USATSI)
Clint Trickett, the listed No. 1 quarterback, sat out the spring after undergoing shoulder surgery. (USATSI)

West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett has been named the starting quarterback for the 2014 season, Dana Holgorsen announced Tuesday. 

Trickett will face arguably his toughest challenge of the season right away, facing the Alabama defense in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta on Aug. 30. After transferring from Florida State, Trickett shared the quarterbacking duties with Paul Millard and Ford Childress to mixed reviews in 2013. Trickett was listed with the first-team on the post-spring practice depth chart, and Holgorsen indicated that he has fully recovered from shoulder surgery and will hold that starting position heading into fall camp.

"Clint is 100 percent healthy and is ready to play," Holgorsen said. "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."

The backup quarterback spot will likely be up for grabs between Millard, Logan Moore (former wide receiver) and Skyler Howard (junior college transfer expected to redshirt) during fall camp. 

When Trickett takes the field against Alabama, it is possible that he will be facing a former Florida State teammate in Jacob Coker. Coker is eligible for 2014 after transferring this summer, but Nick Saban and the coaching staff have indicated that the job is open heading into fall camp.

West Virginia and Alabama will kickoff at 3:30 p.m. ET at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Earlier this month, the Golden Nugget set the Tide as 27.5-point favorites. 

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Chip Patterson has spent his young career covering college sports from the Old North State. He's been writing and talking about football and basketball for CBS Sports since 2010. You may have heard him... Full Bio

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