West Virginia football has been fortunate to have its share of productive transfer quarterbacks over the years, and more of the same is expected this season as former Florida starter Will Grier takes over at the position.
Moutaineers coach Dana Holgorsen is excited about his arrival. He’s already comparing Grier to others who have played the position at the school.
When he watches Grier work, Holgorsen sees some of former West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett.
According to Mike Casazza of 247 Sports.com, there’s a reason why. Trickett and Grier share similar playing attributes.
And the two quarterbacks — one from the past, the other from the present — share another connection.
Trickett, who now works as Florida Atlantic’s tight ends coach, formerly coached quarterbacks at Eastern Mississippi Community College. In 2015, after his team was disqualified from the playoffs, Trickett traveled from Mississippi to New York to visit friends.
After a stop in Atlanta, Trickett took his seat on the last leg of his flight. As he boarded the plane, he noticed Grier was in the next seat.
Grier’s season also had ended early. After he was suspended by the NCAA for using a performance-enhancing substance, his trip was a diversion.
It was the first meeting between the two quarterbacks. Trickett said he recognized Grier because of a popular internet meme that showed how much they looked alike. They traded contact information and have maintained a friendship.
At the time, Grier had not decided to leave Florida. But he knew how Trickett’s career exploded after his transfer from Florida State to West Virginia. Trickett passed for 4,895 yards and 25 touchdowns in his two seasons with the Mountaineers.
When Grier decided to move, he remembered his new friend and their chance meeting. Trickett turned out to be a valuable resource for learning about the Mountaineers and how the program accommodates transfer players.