Florida State Football: QB Clint Trickett transferring; Jameis Winston to start?

Clint Trickett's transfer sets up true freshman Jameis Winston

4/18/13 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

Clint Trickett has announced his decision to transfer, leaving the Florida State quarterback battle between a sophomore and two freshmen.Blog Photo - Florida State Football: QB Clint Trickett transferring; Jameis Winston to start?

The Florida-Times Union is reporting that Trickett approached Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher of his interest in leaving the program, who then granted his release of scholarship.

“After a long meeting with Clint, he expressed he’d like to explore another playing opportunity, and I’ve signed off on his wish,’’ Fisher said.

Trickett’s departure is likely the after-effect from the emergence of true freshman quarterback Jameis Winston, who finished 12-of-15 for over 200 yards and two touchdowns in the spring game last Saturday.

Winston was one of the most highly-touted recruits in the nation for the class of 2012, earning rights from nearly every major scouting company as the No. 1 overall dual-threat quarterback.

A true leader on and off the field, Winston is on the right path to become one of the top prospects for the 2016 NFL Draft. He has all the tools to be successful at the collegiate level – the only thing he lacks is experience.

But with Trickett out of the picture, it looks like he'll get plenty. Sophomore Jacob Coker – who was the third-string quarterback last season and saw just a handful of snaps – is the only true competition.

Trickett leaves Florida State with 66 completions in two years. His most memorable performance was in 2011 when he took over for injured E.J. Manuel, finishing 24-of-38 for 336 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in a 35-30 loss to Clemson.

“I had a good time here at Florida State and want to thank everyone for being so good to me,” said Trickett, following his decision.

It’s not certain where he will end up at this point, but The Charleston Gazette is reporting that Trickett could transfer to West Virginia. Since he is graduating in May, he would not have to sit out this upcoming season.

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