The Florida State quarterback battle just got a little less interesting with the transfer of Clint Trickett. According to Ira Schoffel of the Tallahassee Democrat, the signal-caller is no longer a Seminole and will soon become a member of another school:
Ira Schoffel @IraSchoffel
QB Clint Trickett is transferring from FSU. Destination TBA.2013-4-17 19:28:30
Trickett has been the backup the last two seasons for Florida State, throwing for 947 yards and seven touchdowns in his career. He was considered the front-runner for the starting position, but that was before Jameis Winston had an incredible spring game performance, passing for 205 yards, completing 12 of 15 passes and tossing two touchdowns.
Here is what head coach Jimbo Fisher had to say about the performance of Winston once spring ball came to an end (according to Jonathan Schillace of Seminoles.com):
"He took advantage of opportunities," said Fisher, "You know, you put out opportunities out there for guys and that's what you got to be. He took advantage of the opportunities he had today on the stage he had and I thought he did a good job."
The writing was on the wall and Trickett could see it clearly.
Winston is a redshirt freshman, who was a 5-star recruit from the 2012 class, according to Scout. He is a fan favorite due to his dual-threat playing style and ability to make plays with his legs. He also became an Internet sensation when this video began popping up all over the place.
Now that Florida State fans and the coaching staff see what he is capable of doing on the field, Trickett must have known he was no longer the favorite to take over the starting role.
This isn't to say that Trickett couldn't have won over the hearts of the staff once fall camp rolled around, but he had to have felt the momentum slipping between his fingers.
With this transfer, Winston is the overwhelming favorite to become the Seminoles new starting quarterback. Not only does he have the hype surrounding him, but Jacob Coker—who is the best competition with Trickett gone—missed most of the spring due to a leg injury.
Trickett came to Florida State as a member of the 2010 recruiting class and had offers on the table from schools such as Arkansas, Louisville and Stanford, according to Scout.
You wish Trickett the best of luck in his future endeavors, but it is hard not to be excited about the possibility of Winston taking over this Florida State offense.