The story of the spring was that Millard or Childress would have a good day and then a bad day or two bad days. Rarely, if ever, were both on at once, and that would give you the idea neither was feeling nor supplying much pressure.
To paraphrase Holgorsen, WVU probably shouldn't do that again in August.
Trickett guarantees the Mountaineers won't. There's no way Millard and Childress can take themselves seriously if they don't take these next three months seriously and come to camp as much better players.
They have an edge, after all, because they've been here and they know the system. Never mind that Trickett spent seven years in Morgantown while his father, Rick, was the offensive line coach. He has to get used to both.
It's a win-win for WVU, even if it's going to cost Holgorsen a quarterback. It's nice to have four. It's not reasonable to keep four. Trickett has two seasons left. He's not going anywhere. You would imagine the same is true for Millard.
But Trickett isn't here to watch or motivate or hunt or stroll down memory lane. He sees the chance to start and to be the unquestioned quarterback, opportunities that have avoided him thus far. He's battled for snaps against E.J. Manuel and against Jameis Winston, and though he never beat either one, he might find Millard and Childress more palatable.
Picking up an offense unlike what he ran with the Seminoles might not be too hard for a kid who graduated in three years. Trickett should probably know his way around the sacks Millard and Childress took throughout the spring that drove offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Shannon Dawson crazy. He'll probably find Big 12 defenses more to his liking. His release could be the quickest among WVU's quarterbacks and he's more able and willing to run than Millard and Childress.
There are unknowns and questions, of course. He has only two starts, both in 2011, and he threw just 34 passes last season. He's never had the extended run he seeks at WVU. Yet Trickett could address an unknown and a question about the Mountaineers. He can be the head of the offense, both literally and figuratively.
Holgorsen has an offense that's elevating many players into new roles. Gone are five seniors and a junior on that side of the ball, and if you ranked the offense's leaders last season, those names would be your top six.
It's a massive void Holgorsen had to fill and Trickett's ability to supply a voice and provide direction can make his coach's life much easier.
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.