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Why Ex Florida State QB Clint Trickett Should Not Transfer to Auburn

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Why Ex Florida State QB Clint Trickett Should Not Transfer to Auburn
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While Auburn is still searching for a starting quarterback, former Florida State signal-caller Clint Trickett may soon be added to the mix. According to Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports (h/t Brandon Marcello of AL.com), Trickett will visit with the Tigers.

If Trickett ends up picking Auburn, he will face the same fate he had at Florida State. With young quarterbacks in Kiehl Frazier and Jonathan Wallace already on the roster, this is no slam dunk that Trickett would come in and earn the starting job.

He would be thrown into the fire and expected to compete with some fairly decent signal-callers.

Now to be fair, Auburn isn't seeing much progress in the current quarterback battle. According to James Crepea of the Montgomery Advertiser, the Tigers coaching staff isn't ready to make a decision yet on who the starter will be. 

“There's not a lot of separation coming out of spring at this point,” offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee said. “They both have things they do well and that can help us win. These aren't the kinds of things we're going to rush. We haven't in the past. We're not going to. It's good to continue on and just keep those guys pushing each other.”

This is great news for Trickett, as he may see this as an opening to start for a quality program. Think again.

The former Seminole just doesn't appear to be built to run Gus Malzahn's offense. He was never considered an athletic quarterback and at 185 pounds, it is hard imagining him lasting against SEC defenses. All it takes is one good lick on his lengthy frame and Auburn is looking for a backup quarterback in the middle of an SEC showdown.

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Then there is the competition factor. Regardless of what you may think about Frazier, he still seems to be a perfect fit for the spread offense that Malzahn runs.

Wallace is also a talented young quarterback who showed flashes of being a productive player his freshman year. Trickett is not big on competition, which seems to be the reason he transferred from Florida State to begin with.

Jameis Winston appeared to be the front-runner for the position, and that is when the news broke that Trickett would take his talents elsewhere.

Trickett was never able to blow the doors off in the ACC when he saw limited playing time; it is difficult to imagine him being productive in the toughest conference in the country. The former Florida State quarterback must go somewhere that would fit his style of play (pocket-passer), and a school that would give him a better chance to see the field.

Auburn does neither for the transferred signal-caller.

 

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