MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Here's a refreshing change. For perhaps the first time this season, West Virginia will begin preparing for an opponent with a clear-cut starter at quarterback.
The Mountaineers (3-4, 1-3 Big 12) face Kansas State (2-4, 0-3) Saturday afternoon in Manhattan, Kan., the first of two straight road games. The 3:45 p.m. (ET) kickoff will be televised by Fox Sports 1.
And barring the unforeseen, Clint Trickett will be WVU's starting quarterback, Dana Holgorsen said Monday.
"The current situation, yes,'' Holgorsen said when asked if Trickett was clearly the starter.
Of course, the situations have tended to vary dramatically so far this season.
Trickett is West Virginia's third starting quarterback this season. Paul Millard got the call the first two games, Ford Childress the next two and Trickett the last three.
But while Trickett has started three straight games, it's not always been clear that he would heading into the week. Prior to a win over Oklahoma State he beat out Millard during the week after Childress was hurt. When Trickett injured his shoulder against the Cowboys, it was well into the week before it was clear he could play against Baylor.
And then after he played and the Mountaineers were humbled by the Bears, Holgorsen went right up until game time before deciding to send Trickett out over Millard against Texas Tech.
Trickett wasn't always sharp against the Red Raiders, but he did make progress.
"I do think he played his best game,'' Holgorsen said Monday after a day of dissecting tape. "It wasn't a winning performance, but I do think he played his best football up until this point.''
Trickett went 27 of 43 passing for 254 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions Saturday. His 63-percent completion rate was significantly better than his 41-percent rate prior to that.