Eric Russell

Trickett Out At Florida State

Created on Apr. 17, 2013 4:46 PM EST

Clint Trickett shocked Seminole nation Wednesday with news that he would be leaving Florida State. Jimbo Fisher announced that the redshirt junior asked out of his scholarship with the school and Fisher obliged. 

"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 In a release from the school.

Trickett was in a heated competition with Jameis Winston for the starting quarterback spot for the Seminoles. He was coming off a performance in the spring game that saw him go 22 of 32 passing for 259 yards and a touchdown. But it was Winston who stole the show in the spring game, which may have played a role in Trickett's decision. All of Winston's numbers — 12-for-15, 205 yards and two touchdowns — came against the first-team defense.

The choice will slightly alter the comfort level of Florida State heading into the season. The team has essentially went from having either Winston or Trickett as the second option to most likely Jacob Coker. Coker is a big quarterback with a strong arm and some athleticism. In his spring game showing he completed 15 of 26 passes for 186 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. As this spring has shown Florida State fans anything can happen, but Coker probably wont overtake Winston for the starting role. 

It's possible Clint Trickett saw the writing on the wall after Winston's performance in the spring game. Since Trickett graduates from FSU in a few weeks, he is eligible to play immediately. Many have said Winston will be a star for years to come. That being said, had Winston won the starting spot  —as some have speculated he would — Trickett would be relegated to spending his last two seasons on the sideline. Paul Thomas of has speculated that West Virginia and South Florida are possible landing spots for Trickett.

Now Winston, who started the spring as the third option, will more than likely be groomed as the starter through summer and early fall. Without the concern of as much competition he can focus on getting a better grasp of the offense. In addition, once the two-sport athlete is done with baseball season he will have more opportunity to focus on football. 

Florida State still has its options at the quarterback position, although they lost their second best option. Interestingly, some are already arguing that in losing Trickett, they lost the third-best option. All of the quarterbacks in the spring competition had their supporters among Seminole fans.

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