QB Clint Trickett will transfer from Florida State

FSU QB Clint Trickett is transferring. (USATSI)
Florida State quarterback Clint Trickett is transferring. (USATSI)

The battle to replace EJ Manuel as Florida State's starting quarterback might be a little clearer now. The school has granted junior Clint Trickett a release from his scholarship. He will graduate from FSU in May and then transfer to a still-to-be-determined school.

FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher released the following statement on Wednesday:

"After a long meeting with Clint, he expressed he'd like to explore another playing opportunity, and I've signed off on his wish. 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, whose father is Florida State's offensive line coach, is the most experienced quarterback on the FSU roster with 106 pass attempts the past two seasons. He started two games for an injured Manuel as a 2011 redshirt freshman and performed well, with his best game being a 336-yard, three-touchdown performance against Clemson. He also served as Manuel's backup in 2012.

Because of that playing time, it was thought that the 6-foot-3, 180-pounder entered 2013 spring drills with a slight advantage over sophomore Jacob Coker and freshmen Jameis Winston and Sean Maguire.

However, the highly-touted Winston (who also plays baseball for the Seminoles) has now emerged as the favorite to claim the starting job after going 12-of-15 for 205 yards and two touchdowns against the first-string defense in this past Saturday's spring game.

It's likely that Trickett sees the writing on the wall regarding his future at FSU and no longer wants to play the role of backup. 

The Charleston Gazette reported late Wednesday that Trickett will consider West Virginia as a possible transfer destination. Per Gazette sources, Trickett will pay a visit to Morgantown and could arrive in time for the Mountaineers' spring game on Saturday.

With Trickett's departure, the Noles enter the fall with just one quarterback (Coker) who has taken a snap in a real game.

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