"How long does that take you?" he asked. "You could probably learn it in the course of a week."
That's just the beginning, though. The quarterback has to catch the signal and translate what it actually means. Then the quarterback has to take the play and sort through everything that's involved with it.
"Now he's got to make sure the personnel is right. He's got to know where people line up. He's got to communicate it with the offensive line," Holgorsen said. "He's got to get to the line of scrimmage and relay the cadence and go through the cadence. He may have motion he may have to change the snap count. He may have to change the play all together, which he has no clue how to do at this point."
Imagine that. The coach and the quarterback can stare into trouble and know that a play is doomed and the only signal they can use to make the best of a bad situation is to call a timeout.
But imagine this, too. The coach and the quarterback can stare into a golden opportunity and know a big play is one audible away and there is still nothing they can do to take advantage.
"I've just got to get better at it and he's got to get better at it. We've both got to get better at it through practice and games," Holgorsen said. "It's not just signals. It's getting the signal and relaying it to everyone else. That's part of being a quarterback, and we do it a little bit different than what he's used to."
Trickett has needed time and he'll require more because that's all Holgorsen can prescribe to the situation. It has to happen in practice and in games and Trickett is still new to both at WVU. If he sticks as WVU's starter, he'll get the majority of reps in three practices and then in the game.
It really can't happen outside of practice. There is no Rosetta Stone to accelerate his education. There are no flash cards his roommate can run through before bedtime, and that's true even with Ford Childress as his roommate.
But that doesn't mean Holgorsen won't help Trickett get familiar with his coach and his signals off the field.
"We walked by each other the other day and I had a real good one for him," Holgorsen said. "I hope you all didn't see that one."
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.