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Triplets of the Big 12: West Virginia

Posted August 17th, 2014

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Today’s Big 12 triplets: West Virginia (we’ve already done Oklahoma, TCU and Kansas State).

(1) Clint Trickett, QB: Completed 123 of 233 attempts for 1,605 yards, with 7 TDs and 7 interceptions last year. Had a passer rating of 114.6, completing 52.8 percent of his passes.

(2) Andrew Buie, RB: Zip for 2013 — but he was redshirting. In 2012, he led WVU in rushing (179-851-7). Dreamius Smith (103-494-5) was the team’s second leading rusher last year.

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(3) Daikiel Shorts, WR: 45 catches for 495 yards and 2 TDs last year. Was tied for the team lead in receptions.

About the Mountaineers’ triplets:

Coach Dana Holgorsen is known throughout the country as an offensive innovator, one of the designers of the uptempo spread that is sweeping the country.

He discovered last season that you can’t do much without a proven quarterback. Holgorsen used three different starters a year ago, first going with Paul Millard, then Ford Childress, then Clint Trickett.

And then Holgorsen reshuffled. It made for a painful 4-8 campaign.

But for this season, he’s already announced who has the job out right, who will be starting in the season opener against Alabama. That would be Trickett, the son of a coach and the former Florida State backup who transferred away from the Seminoles because of the presence of future Heisman winner Jameis Winston. Trickett arrived in West Virginia a summer ago and it took him an entire season to become comfortable with Holgorsen’s style of offense. He also has started working with former Florida State great Chris Weinke, who runs the IMG Academy.

Holgorsen said of Trickett: “So you fast‑forward a year later, August going into his senior year, a year later, not only does he possess the knowledge that it takes to be successful in the game of football, he understands the knowledge that needs to exist when it comes to our team.

“He’s been out there working with our guys all summer. There’s a rapport that needs to exist with him and the receivers in order to be successful. They need to understand each and every one of their little nuances when it comes to being able to get open and sign language and a nod here and a cut‑off there.

“And all that’s starting to exist with him right now with him and the rest of the guys.  I think that’s all going to take care of itself.  Why I named him the starter, he’s healthy, 100 percent.  Arm strength is awesome, body weight is good.  That’s going to take care of itself.”

This season Trickett also will have help at running back and receiver.

Tailback Charles Sims, the Mountaineers best offensive player a year ago, has gone to the NFL. Returning is Dreamius Smith, who rushed for 454 yards in 2013. WVU also gets back Andrew Buie, who led the team in rushing in 2012. Buie, who rushed 31 times for for 207 yards against Texas in Austin in 2012, redshirted last season.

Daikiel Shorts, whose 45 catches tied with Sims for the team lead a year ago, also is back for his sophomore season.

Tomorrow’s triplets: Oklahoma State

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