"He reacted well. I was happy with how he reacted,'' Holgorsen said Monday after further evaluating Trickett's performance against OSU. "And I kind of had a sense that he would do that because he's got experience and he's been around the game his whole life.
"Having Clint out there really gave our guys a sense of calmness because he's got experience."
The one thing Trickett doesn't have is experience in West Virginia's offense, which was the reason Holgorsen went five games into the season without really giving him a chance.
Until Saturday, the Florida State transfer - who didn't arrive on campus until May and has been taking snaps in the offense less than two months - had been given just two series this season, both in the opening game against William & Mary.
"How we coach offense is foreign to him. How we play offense is foreign to him,'' Holgorsen said. "So it's going to take some time for him to really grasp that. We've known that, but being able to get him out there and just watch him react to the game of football, he did well.
"He got the ball out of his hands, he kept the play alive a lot [and] he kept his eyes downfield. He got knocked around a little bit, but that doesn't bother him. He jumps back up and gets ready to play the next snap. He reacted well to the situation. I was really proud of how he did that.''
If Trickett is able to overcome his shoulder injury and play Saturday night in Waco, Texas, it can do nothing but help the Mountaineers. Through the first five games, the Mountaineers have used three starting quarterbacks, made almost weekly changes to the depth chart at receiver and on Saturday shook up the offensive line. Being able to settle at least on a starting quarterback would certainly do no harm to an offense that seems yet to have created an identity.
"It still doesn't look very good. We've got a lot of work to do on the offensive side,'' Holgorsen said. "I've said this from day one with the offense: I don't know when the finished product is going to be available for people to see. But we're far from being there at this point.''
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