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April 18, 2013
With the release from his scholarship on Wednesday, a fresh start begins for former FSU quarterback Clint Trickett. Trickett, who spent three seasons as a reserve at FSU, reflected on his time at FSU and his future plans in an interview with Warchant.com on Thursday.
"I had a great time at Florida State, when I was playing especially," Trickett said. "Obviously when you're not it's a little tougher. But when I was playing, obviously I was doing good to so that helps.
"When I got to Florida State a lot of people said I wouldn't play there or do anything and I did. So that's something I'll always carry with me. But I'm looking to do bigger and better things no matter where I end up going."
Trickett saw action in eight games as the backup quarterback last season, completing 22-of-34 passes 64.7 percent for 272 yards. Trickett started two of the nine games he played in 2011. With the graduation of starter EJ Manuel, Fisher tapped Trickett as the No. 1 quarterback in a four-man race entering the fall. But by the end of spring drills many speculated that redshirt freshman Jameis Winston has taken ahold of starting position following fueled by a stellar performance during FSU's Spring Game on Saturday.
Trickett declined to discuss details of his meeting with Fisher to request the release or his role in the quarterback race at FSU this past spring.
The search for a new destination is already underway. Trickett, who earns his undergraduate degree in social science from FSU in May, will have two years of eligibility at his new school and will pursue a master's degree. Per NCAA rules, because he has graduated, Trickett will be eligible to play at another FBS school this fall.
As far as possible destinations, Trickett said "there are no favorites right now."
"I'm going to let it play out like I did it when I was first recruited," he said.
The one notable difference from his high school recruitment is that this time around he will take visits before choosing.
"This time I can't pick the wrong school. Not that I'm saying Florida State was the wrong school, but this time I've got to pick the right fit," Trickett said. "So I'm going to view all options right now."
Trickett said he has not set any visits yet and that a new school's proximity to Tallahassee will not play a role in his decision. Trickett's father Rick Trickett is the offensive line coach at FSU.
"Obviously I'd like to win wherever I go, I'd like to be successful individually and as a team," Trickett said. "Whatever is the best fit for me."
While he wouldn't comment on the FSU quarterback race, Trickett said competition at a new destination would not hinder him.
"I embrace competition, that's perfectly fine with me. I expect that."
Either way, Trickett will move on with a destination to be determined and a positive outlook on what he accomplished at Florida State.
"I want to thank the fans and everyone around the athletic department, they've been nothing but spectacular for me from when I first got here to when I got (diagnosed) with Celiac disease and they way they helped me and when I played," Trickett said. "They were super and I have nothing but positive things to say about them.
"To my teammates, my brothers, I wish them the best of luck. I want every single one of them to do as good as possible as long as I'm not playing them. I wish nothing but the best for them individually and as a team."
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