The WVU team room on Tuesday was filled with positive players and coaches. Almost everyone is looking forward to the rest of the season and not staying down from the last few weeks. Almost all of the players realize what is on the line, and they want to come out of this season with a winning record and a bowl game.
Trickett recorded his first career rushing touchdown last week.
The defense their white board containing game-by-game statistics and is essentially starting a new four-game season. When quarterback Clint Trickett was asked if the offense was planning on doing the same, he jokingly said “We haven’t talked about it but I like the sound of that.”
Trickett said the next four games are important, but they are not looking past the TCU game this week. The team is still looking for their first road win.
During this weeks player interviews, Offensive Coordinator Shannon Dawson stated that Clint Trickett would get the start. Trickett seemed confident in himself and said that he is feeling as healthy as ever.
The TCU defense is currently leading the conference in sacks, but Trickett does not seem intimidated.
“I have trust in my offensive line,” said the quarterback. “These guys do a great job up front and we’re ready for the challenge.”
In terms of decision-making, Trickett said he needs to be more accurate. “There is less room for error,” said the starter. “We have to be on our game.”
For the past two weeks, the team has been visibly falling apart in the second half. Trickett said the struggles toward the end of the game have a lot to do with the team making adjustments. He said the other teams are doing a good job adjusting at halftime and making the Mountaineers change their game plan.
When asked about getting the first road win, Trickett said he couldn’t pinpoint why the team hasn’t won an away game this season. “It’s hard to say because we haven’t had success on the road,” said the quarterback. Still, the team is focused on getting the first road win under their belts.
“You try to put everything you got into each game,” said Trickett.
The Mountaineer quarterback has had some steady rushing plays in the past few games as well, but he is not expecting any against TCU. “They’re not for Paul (Millard,) but they’re definitely not for me after last week. I’m a pocket passer.”
When asked about getting his first rushing touchdown as a Mountaineer last week, Trickett said it wasn’t pretty. “It was awful if you watch it on film. It was half slide, half fall.”
“It definitely wasn’t Pat White-esque,” said the quarterback.
And as far as passing goes, expect some more deep balls.
“We usually have a few deep shots a game and we’ll stick to that,” said Trickett.
Texas was one of the few teams to go deep against TCU in their win last weekend, but Trickett seems confident in his passing, adding that he needs to be more accurate against the TCU defense.
“The team we play against is really good, coach (Gary) Patterson is a great coach,” said Trickett. “He’s done a great job turning that program around and I’m excited for it.”
When asked about TCU’s defensive backfield, Trickett simply said, “The numbers speak for themselves.”
The quarterback knows what is on the line and this game is a must win. “We have to win these four games, and we try to do that with every week as its own game.”