Report: Former FSU QB transferring to community college

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When a player transfers to a community college from a power conference juggernaut, it can be quite the transition. Fortunately for John Franklin III, he will be moving to a program with a coach who may have a good understanding of where he is coming from.

Franklin III will transfer from Florida State to East Mississippi Community College, according to a report from Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports. His new quarterback coach will be former Florida State quarterback Clint Trickett. Trickett himself once transferred from Florida State, moving to West Virginia where he later became a starter for the Mountaineers. If anyone can understand Franklin III’s situation, it just might be Trickett.

Franklin III was a three-star recruit in Florida State’s Class of 2013, but he just happened to arrive at a time when a guy named Jameis Winston was taking over the starting job. Now Florida State may be seeing the starting job go to Notre Dame transfer Everett Golson, or perhaps Sean Maguire. Whatever the case, Franklin’s chances of starting in Tallahassee appeared to be limited at best. Franklin announced his decision to transfer shortly after Golson’s arrival.

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Report: Former FSU, WVU QB Clint Trickett lands JuCo coaching job

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It was only a matter of time.

After concussions forced an early retirement from football, former Florida State and West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett has reportedly joined the family business. According to FoxSports.com‘s Bruce Feldman, Trickett will be the quarterbacks coach at East Mississippi Community College.

Clint’s father, Rick, is a longtime offensive line coach at West Virginia, Auburn and Florida State (where he currently coaches), and his older brother Travis is the co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at FCS Samford.

The elder Trickett told the Tallahassee Democrat in December that Alabama, Kentucky and West Virginia about joining their respective support staffs. “More than the rest of them he’s always had a ball in his hands. From Day 1,” Rick said. “And he wants to coach quarterbacks. I think he’ll be good at that. With his mindset and temperament. And his experiences. … I think he’ll be a really good coach.”

In 19 career games, Trickett completed 404-of-652 passes for 4,890 yards with 25 touchdowns against 17 interceptions.

Trickett joins arguably the most successful JuCo program in the country. The Lions posted a 12-0 record in 2014, toppling Iowa Western Community College in the National Junior College Athletic Association national championship. EMCC has won three NJCAA championships in four years.

CFT Previews: Your Dec. 29 Bowl Viewer’s Guide

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Taking a quick-hit look at the Dec. 29 bowl menu, which features three games in which all six participants hail from Power Five conferences.

WHO: Texas A&M (7-5) vs. West Virginia (7-5)
WHAT: The 56th AutoZone Liberty Bowl
WHERE: Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis, Tenn.
WHEN: 2 p.m. ET on ESPN
THE SKINNY: With starting quarterback Clint Trickett being forced to retire do to multiple concussions, most would think it’s be advantage Texas A&M.  However, Trickett’s replacement, Skyler Howard, has performed well in taking over for the starter, throwing for nearly 500 yards, five touchdowns and, most impressively, zero interceptions the last two games.  A&M will be looking to extend its bowl winning streak to four straight (last loss: 2010) while WVU will be trying to win its first postseason game since 2011.  Neither team played particularly well down the stretch, with the Aggies going 2-5 in its last seven games while the Mountaineers closed out the regular season on a 1-3 run.  The two teams ended up having one common opponent in Alabama, with both losing to the Tide.  The respective scores, though, showed a showed a significant difference in margin of defeat as WVU fell by 10, 33-23, in Week 1 while A&M was rolled by the Tide in Week 8 to the tune of 59-0.
THE LINE: Texas A&M +3½
THE PREDICTION: West Virginia 31, Texas A&M 30

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WHO: Oklahoma (8-4) vs. No. 17 Clemson (9-3)
WHAT: The 25th Russell Athletic Bowl
WHERE: Florida Citrus Bowl, Orlando, Fla.
WHEN: 5:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
For the remainder of an extended preview, click HERE.

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WHO: Arkansas (6-6) vs. Texas (6-6)
WHAT: The 9th AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl
WHERE: NRG Stadium, Houston, Tex.
WHEN: 9 p.m. ET on ESPN
THE SKINNY: These are two teams entering this particular bowl game on very similar trajectories.  Texas won four of its last six games to become bowl-eligible, while Arkansas won three of its last five.  UA’s spurt, though, was far more impressive as two of the wins came over ranked teams (LSU, Ole Miss) by a combined score of 47-0, while its two losses were to ranked teams (Mississippi State, Missouri) by a total of 14 points.  This game is one for the traditionalists in the crowd as it marks the renewal of an old SWC rivalry that’s been played 75 times, the first in 1906 and the last in 2008.  The two teams have previously met one time in the postseason, a 27-6 Razorbacks win in the Cotton Bowl played after the 1999 season. One thing that doesn’t bode well for the Longhorns avenging that loss?  UT is 63rd in run defense (162.1 yards per game) while UA is 28th in rush offense (220.3 ypg).  Perhaps an even bigger question for the ‘Horns is which Tyrone Swoopes shows up, the one that tossed four interceptions in a regular season-ending loss to TCU or the one who completed nearly 73 percent of his passes for 305 yards in a win over Oklahoma State the week before.  Incidentally, this is the Razorbacks’ third game in the state of Texas this season, and they are currently 1-1: a 49-28 win over Texas Tech in Week 3, a Week 5 35-28 overtime loss to Texas A&M.
THE LINE: Texas +6½
THE PREDICTION: Arkansas 24, Texas 17

Five concussions in 14 months force Clint Trickett to retire from football

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Multiple concussions in a little over a year have led to the end of Clint Trickett‘s football playing career.

Friday afternoon, WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen confirmed that Trickett will not play in Monday’s Liberty Bowl game against Texas A&M.  That came just a week after Holgorsen indicated Trickett would be available for the postseason game.  Instead, getting his second start of the season at quarterback will be Skyler Howard, who started in place of Trickett in the 37-24 win over ISU.

Subsequent to Holgorsen’s announcement, Trickett revealed that he has suffered five concussions over a period of 14 months.  Because of that, Trickett has decided to retire from the game and embark on a coaching career.

Trickett, a senior who would’ve been playing in his last game at the collegiate level, also acknowledged that he hid two of the concussions from WVU’s medical staff.  The player, though, absolved the trainers of any responsibility.

In his two seasons as (mostly) the Mountaineers’ starter, Trickett passed for 4,890 yards, 25 touchdowns and 17 interceptions.  Howard, a sophomore, has passed for 483 yards, five touchdowns and, most impressively, no interceptions since taking over for Trickett following his fifth concussion.

WVU QB Clint Trickett returns to practice, will play vs. Texas A&M

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West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett has returned to practice after leaving the Mountaineers’ 26-20 loss to Kansas State on Nov. 18.

“Clint’s done such a good job for us over the course of the year,” head coach Dana Holgorsen told the Associated Press. “He’s responsible for us being in a bowl game — did nothing to change what I think of him as far as the starting quarterback. We know what kind of kid he is, what kind of competitor he is.”

However, Trickett will not automatically resume his starting role upon his return. Sophomore Skyler Howard finished the K-State game strongly, hitting 15-of-23 passes for 198 yards and two touchdowns, and led West Virginia to a 37-24 win over Iowa State in the regular season finale by throwing for 285 yards and three touchdowns and rushing for 69 more yards.

“With that said, Skyler’s improving, he’s taking a lot of reps these last three weeks. I anticipate to have both ready to go and we’ll probably make a game-time decision on who starts and what the rotation will be.”

The most likely scenario is that both quarterbacks play in their Liberty Bowl date with Texas A&M depending on the situation. Trickett is the more accomplished passer, but Howard (12 rushes for 107 yards this season) is the greater threat to run the ball. Trickett completed 281-of-419 passes for 3,285 yards with 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions this season.

West Virginia will face Texas A&M at 2 p.m. ET on Monday, Dec. 29 (ESPN).