"I'm just a younger guy that has a lot more to learn and can get better that way,'' he said. "I've got more room to grow. There's not really a ceiling for me yet.''
If coach Dana Holgorsen has a preference at this stage, he's certainly not saying. At least through the first three days of practice, all three quarterbacks figure to split the reps evenly. Perhaps the real work begins Monday, when Holgorsen's three-day installation begins repeating itself, the team is really into its first full-scale padded practices and the game begins resembling football instead of walk-throughs.
Already, though, Trickett seems to have impressed both Holgorsen and the other quarterbacks.
"He's just a veteran guy who knows what to expect and what's going on,'' Childress said. "He's been on a successful team, so he knows how to carry himself.''
As does Sims, who has just one year of eligibility remaining - Trickett has two - and transferred essentially so that he could spend that year showcasing his ability at a higher level than Houston. Sims is already considered one of the top five backs available in next year's NFL draft, so he's not at WVU to sit and watch.
And that's just fine with Buie, who was the team's leading rusher a year ago.
"There's good competition in the room and you want to play against good competition. That's what makes you better,'' Buie said. "It's good to have good competition.''
"It puts a chip on your shoulder when a coach obviously feels like he needs to bring in another guy. But regardless of that, you still have to go out there and do your job and try to get better every day.''
Of course, Trickett and Sims are trying to fit into an offense that is being almost completely rebuilt as far as personnel. With the quarterback, the top three receivers and the middle of the line all gone from last season, there are plenty of job openings and plenty of candidates to fill them. The two new guys just add to the pool.
"Nobody on our offense is proven,'' Buie said. "Even if you were at another school and you made plays, they still haven't made those plays here. We have a lot to prove as an offense, not just in the running back room or the quarterback room or the wide receivers.''
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com or follow him at twitter.com/dphickman1