EARLY DECISION

MORGANTOWN – Dana Holgorsen is not waiting for fall camp to declare West Virginia’s starting quarterback for the 2014 season.

The Mountaineer coach announced Tuesday that Clint Trickett will be under center to begin the campaign.

“Clint is 100 percent healthy and is ready to play.” Holgorsen said. “He worked hard last season and showed a lot of ability and leadership and deserves the chance to lead the team as a senior. He will be our starter.”

Trickett missed spring practice after undergoing shoulder surgery. Paul Millard, Skyler Howard and Logan Moore shared the work load in his absence. Incoming freshman William Crest will also join the mix in fall camp.

Trickett saw action in eight games, with seven starts, as a redshirt junior in 2013 after transferring to WVU from Florida State. He completed 123-of-233 passes for 1,605 yards and seven touchdowns.

Trickett earned his first start of the 2013 season against No. 11 Oklahoma State and led the Mountaineers to the 30-21 victory. He completed 24-of-50 passes for 309 yards and a touchdown. He also finished with a season-high 356 yards on 21-of-37 passing and a season-high two touchdowns against Iowa State in the season finale.

The Mountaineers will open the season Aug. 30 against traditional power Alabama in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta