MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Clint Trickett will get his second start at quarterback for West Virginia Saturday night when the Mountaineers play at No. 17 Baylor.
This time, though, it's not by default.
Coach Dana Holgorsen said Thursday night that all three of his quarterbacks are healthy, but apparently the decision to start Trickett was an easy one.
"Clint's going to start,'' Holgorsen said during his weekly radio show. "He did a great job last week and he's only going to get better and better each week.''
Trickett, the junior transfer from Florida State, became WVU's third starter at quarterback in the first five games when he got the call against then-No. 11 Oklahoma State. He helped the Mountaineers to a 30-21 win, easily WVU's most impressive performance of the season to date.
But he only started, in part, because the starter the previous two games, redshirt freshman Ford Childress, was sidelined by an injured pectoral muscle and couldn't practice all week.
Trickett ended last week's game injured after being thrown to the ground in the fourth quarter and played the end of the game in obvious pain. It was his condition this week, perhaps more than anything else, that left a question regarding the starter for Saturday's game at Baylor.
But Thursday night, Holgorsen said that not only is Trickett healthy enough to play, so is Childress. The team's starter in the first two games, junior Paul Millard, is also available.
"All three quarterbacks are healthy,'' Holgorsen said. "All three quarterbacks took reps this week. All three quarterbacks looked good. We're good to go.''
Holgorsen also said Thursday night that he had settled on a new set of kickoff return men, true freshmen Daryl Worley and Wendell Smallwood. Smallwood had been used in that role before. Worley replaces Ronald Carswell and Charles Sims, who have also returned kicks, although ineffectively.
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