MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Clint Trickett is not a candidate to be the poster boy in one of those campaigns about doing the right thing in regard to concussions.
An example perhaps of what can happen when one ignores the signs? Well, he might have been closer to being that.
Trickett, West Virginia's junior quarterback, missed the Mountaineers' most recent game against Kansas when doctors would not clear him to play. He'd suffered a concussion a week earlier in a game against Texas and hadn't passed all the tests required to return to action.
And there was a reason he hadn't passed them. Turns out, his bell-ringing incident against Texas wasn't his first time.
"It was the second one in three weeks,'' Trickett revealed Tuesday. "I had one at Kansas State that I didn't tell anyone about.''
"Yeah, I played through it,'' Trickett said. "I obviously would have tried to play through the one at Texas if I wasn't completely unconscious.''
Indeed, the concussion that Trickett suffered Nov. 9 against Texas was not one where he could hide any symptoms. In the first quarter of what turned out to be a 47-40 overtime loss, Trickett was knocked unconscious. He stayed that way momentarily while medical personnel attended to him on the field. There was no way he would be cleared to return that night.
The hit he took at Kansas State, though, apparently did not knock him out, so he was able to fool everyone into thinking nothing had happened and returned to that Oct. 26 game. He would also play a full four quarters the following week at TCU.
In retrospect, Trickett admits that probably wasn't the smartest thing to do. He knows the emphasis being put on concussion prevention and treatment at all levels of football.
Still, he has also always been one to tough things out. He did so with a shoulder injury he suffered during his first start this season against Oklahoma State, playing the rest of that game and most of the one a week later against Baylor before getting a week off to heal.
"The ones you can't fight through are the toughest,'' Trickett said. "You can fight through the pain of a shoulder. It's not like that with a concussion.''