April 3, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — It’s all about increases this spring for Florida State quarterback Clint Trickett.
Increased weight. Increased competition. Increased velocity on his throws.
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Even increased time in the film room watching all of his plays from a redshirt freshman season when he threw for 675 yards, seven touchdowns and four interceptions.
“I watch [film] all the time and critique myself,” Trickett said. “I just realized that there were times where I did alright and there were times where I looked like a freshman playing quarterback in the ACC. That can’t happen anymore and I’m going to make sure it doesn’t.”
Building off two starts and mop-up duty as a rookie behind starter EJ Manuel coincides with Trickett’s ongoing competition with redshirt freshman Jacob Coker for the backup quarterback job this spring.
Will Secord’s decision to leave the program this offseason left just three scholarship quarterbacks on the spring roster before 2012 signees Sean Maguire and Jameis Winston arrive in Tallahassee this summer.
And while FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher shared this week that the competition may not be decided until fall camp, Trickett said he’s not just focused on the No. 2 job but also on pushing for the starting one as well.
“First off, Jacob is a great quarterback and so is EJ,” Trickett said. “Everyone says that there is a competition between me and Jacob and there is, but there is also competition between me and EJ. That’s how I look at it. I’m going to hold on to number two hopefully, but I’m also trying for number one and that’s no disrespect towards EJ, obviously. That’s what he felt when Christian [Ponder] was still here.
“That’s just college football.”
Trickett is aided in that ambitious quest by his increasing body size.
After being diagnosed last year with Celiac disease — a condition that prevents absorption of important nutrients by the intestines — Trickett has made a concerted effort to maintain a gluten-free diet while also working hard in the weight room.
“It’s been great,” Trickett said. “I’ve gotten a lot of help from the guys here at Florida State. They’ve helped me out with everything with meals on away trips. I’ve got my own fryer in the kitchen so they can fry me stuff so there isn’t any cross-contamination. They’ve done more than I could have image.
“I’ve put on about 15 pounds since the season was over.”
Trickett’s increase to 185 pounds has helped him increase the velocity on his throws without losing any speed when running, he said.
His endurance has also increased.
“It’s the strength and endurance in practice where you don’t wear down,” Fisher said. “When you start throwing 20-25-yard passes and have to put some juice on it, you can see the strength. It makes a big difference.”