MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Quarterback Clint Trickett's arm hasn't been entirely accurate in his four starts for West Virginia, but his legs are becoming increasingly active.
Trickett has 40 yards rushing the past two games, but that includes 18 yards lost on four sacks. On scrambles or designed runs, he has 11 carries for 58 yards.
"I don't know what the coaches are seeing," he said. "There probably won't be any this week."
In each of the past two games, WVU has called a quarterback draw on third down for Trickett and both times it worked - or should have worked. He picked up the first down against Texas Tech and would have done so against Kansas State had he not fumbled.
"We've had that for a couple of weeks now and we've added some runs for the quarterback," he said. "I question why they're in there. I'm definitely a pocket passer."
Trickett had a six-yard touchdown run for WVU's only touchdown against Kansas State. It was a play action pass with action going to the right that opened up the left side for Trickett.
"It was awful the way I went into the end zone," said Trickett, who was caught between whether he should dive or run across the goal line. "It definitely wasn't Pat White-esque, but it got the job done."
TRICKETT'S ARM and legs will be needed Saturday against TCU, which leads the Big 12 in sacks and interceptions. He's completing only 49 of his passes and was removed in the fourth quarter against Kansas State because he was missing open receivers.
"I've got to be more accurate this game," he said. "There's no room for error. They're fast. They cover well. They close well."
Texas completed 9 of 19 passes against the Horned Frogs last week for 228 yards. The Longhorns had a season-high 12 yards per attempt, five completions of at least 30 yards and three of 40 or more.
"TCU plays great defense," Texas Coach Mack Brown said. "They're going to stack the box, plan man-to-man and really challenge you to go deep. We were fortunate to hit some deep balls on them."
The Horned Frogs also had two interceptions and hadn't allowed more than 9.8 yards per attempt to a team not named Baylor in the past two-plus seasons.
"We've got to take shots," WVU offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Shannon Dawson said. "They're good. Their cornerbacks are good. There's no doubt about that. They're a confident group of good defenders, but we're not going to let that scare us out of taking shots. It can't.