WVU quarterback competition, other Mountie notes

By Kyle Lovern

July 28, 2013

The talk among many WVU football fans is wondering who will get the start at quarterback this year. The heir apparent has big shoes to fill. WVU lost record breaker Geno Smith to graduation, who is now with the NFL’s New York Jets.

The three candidates are Florida State transfer Clint Trickett, who is the son of former WVU offensive line coach Rick Trickett. He grew up in Morgantown, before moving to Florida with his family. His dad is still coaching for the Seminoles.

The other two are redshirt freshman Ford Childress and junior Paul Millard. Both of these signal callers are from Texas. Millard has the most experience from a WVU standpoint, but Childress has the size at 6-5, 235 lbs.

It should be interesting once practice starts in a few days. It has been a while since the Mountaineers actually had a competition at the quarterback position. The last few years, going back to Pat White, Jarrett Brown and then Smith, fans knew who the starting QB was going to be.

The thought here is that it will be Trickett, who has seen action with Florida State. However, after the Seminoles brought in a big-time 5- star recruit (Jameis Winston), it looked as though Trickett would be on the bench again.

Thus, he decided to move back to Morgantown for his final two seasons of eligibility. I don’t think he would have transferred if he didn’t think he had the chance to play right away.

It may be seven years away, but it looks like West Virginia and Penn State are on the verge of renewing their football series.

Officials with the two programs are reportedly finalizing a home-and-home contract that wouldn’t begin until 2020. Considering the series has been in hibernation since 1992 (Penn State’s final year as an independent), what’s another 2,555 days.

Justin Scott of Woodland Hills, Calif. / Pierce C.C. became the eighth member of the 2014 recruiting class on Thursday evening when he publicly committed to WVU and head coach Dana Holgorsen.

Scott is a 6’5” 290-pound offensive tackle who is set to enroll in December and compete immediately for playing time next fall. He has three years to play two seasons. Scott gained interest from major programs and collected scholarship offers from Cincinnati, Kansas and Washington State, in addition to the Mountaineers.

… Former five-star running back and Pitt transfer Rushel Shell is expected to make his decision this weekend. He has reportedly narrowed his choices to Kentucky and WVU.

… Da’Sean Butler is one closer to getting back on the basketball court. The former WVU forward and graduate assistant flew to Belgium this week to meet with representatives from Generali Okapi Aalstar. That is the same team that former teammate Alex Ruoff played for most recently in Europe.

(To contact sports editor Kyle Lovern phone 304-235-4242, ext. 33 or e-mail him at klovern@civitasmedia.com)