Also, Florida State had 11 players - eleven - taken in the most recent NFL draft. That's a lot of talent to replace, especially when you consider the Seminoles will play at both Clemson and Florida this season.
But the 'Noles have that talent. They have at least six players projected to be drafted in the first two rounds of upcoming NFL drafts - and that doesn't include Winston. Again, 10 overall.
"When we beat Notre Dame in the Champs Bowl in 2011, we had four true freshmen along the offensive line," Trickett said. "Now they're four juniors."
Many WVU fans have been yearning for Trickett to return and coach the Mountaineer offensive line since he left for Tallahassee. One Bleacher Report article criticized him, but Clarksburg native and FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher rewarded Trickett with a three-year contract extension.
Anyway, I understand Florida State has fizzled many times over the last decade. But I've never pointed to them in that time frame. Fisher and company, though, had the nation's No. 1 recruiting class, according to Scout, in 2011. They had the No. 6 class, according to Rivals, in 2012.
Keep in mind the Seminoles play in the ACC. Keep in mind that this year the target is on Clemson in that league.
Oh, and while Trickett was on the line, yes, I did ask about his son, who is gunning to be the new Mountaineer QB.
"I hope Clint does well," Trickett said. "I know he really likes it there. I know he likes Dana [Holgorsen]. Clint is a little bit of a gunslinger and I think so is Dana.
"What I know is you won't find anyone who will compete harder than Clint. And he always wanted to play for WVU. He could have gone to a number of schools, like Auburn and Oklahoma State, but he wanted to play at West Virginia.
"We'll just put it in the Good Lord's hands."
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