MORGANTOWN — Cleaning out a crowded notebook and cluttered mind as vacation time approaches:
Now that Dana Holgorsen has done the smart thing and eliminated the need for a quarterback derby at the same time his West Virginia football team is preparing to face Alabama, it’s hard not to consider the embarrassment of riches that Florida State enjoyed at quarterback just two years ago.
Think about it. The same season that WVU was trotting out Geno Smith for his final season and the Mountaineers were looking for the next in line, down in Tallahassee here’s what Jimbo Fisher was trying to sort out:
His starter was E.J. Manuel, who would be the first quarterback taken in the NFL draft the following spring, ahead of Smith.
The backup was sophomore Clint Trickett, now West Virginia’s starter.
The third-teamer that season was redshirt freshman Jacob Coker, who is now at Alabama and likely to be the starter this year.
And, of course, redshirting that year was Jameis Winston, who the following year would merely win the Heisman Trophy.
If you’re trying to figure out what makes Florida State so good, there’s a great place to start — talent.
By the way, on Aug. 28, Manuel figures to start the Buffalo Bills’ final preseason game. Two days later, Trickett and Coker are likely to match up at the Georgia Dome on the same day Winston and the Seminoles play Oklahoma State in Dallas.
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Terry Henderson landed himself a new home this week when the former WVU shooting guard committed to North Carolina State. Both he and fellow transfer Eron Harris (Michigan State) will have to sit out the coming season.
That puts a fairly tidy bow on the latest package of transfers from West Virginia’s basketball team, but what of the others? Well, here’s your up-to-the-minute update.
Dalton Pepper led Temple in scoring, averaging 17.5 points as a senior for a 9-22 team. Dan Jennings averaged 9.9 points and 8.3 rebounds as a senior for a Long Beach State team that finished 15-17. Those two both left WVU after the 2010-11 season.
Pat Forsythe has played the last two seasons at Akron and has two years remaining (he got a medical redshirt after appearing in seven games at WVU in 2011-12). He averaged 4.9 points and 3.3 rebounds last season for a 21-13 team. Tommie McCune sat out a year at Oakland and then averaged 5.6 points and 2.7 rebounds as a sophomore. He can play two more years. Those two were the departures after the 2011-12 season.
As for the post-2012-13 departures, Volodymyr Gerun is the one of two who played last year, averaging 3.5 points and 2.0 rebounds in 31 games as a junior at Portland. Keaton Miles sat out the season at Arkansas and has two years of eligibility remaining. Before Harris and Henderson did so, he was the only recent WVU transfer who went to another power conference school. Jabarie Hinds and Aaron Brown also sat out last season and each has two years of eligibility remaining — Hinds at UMass and Brown at St. Joseph’s.
The other one from that group who played last year, of course, was Aaric Murray, who was the Southwestern Athletic Conference player of the year at Texas Southern after he and Bob Huggins both agreed it would be better if he found a third school in four years.
Those are the players who actually played at WVU before transferring. There are also those who never arrived or otherwise never played.
David Nyarsuk, the 7-foot-1 Sudan native who signed with WVU but didn’t qualify academically, played two years of NAIA ball for Mountain State in Beckley and then two years at Cincinnati. He was a bit player for the Bearcats as a senior last winter, averaging 1.4 points and 1.3 rebounds in 22 games.
Darrious Curry, who was medically disqualified when it was discovered he had Marfan’s syndrome (the same thing that has now ended the career of Baylor’s Isaiah Austin), went to a couple of different junior colleges, but is apparently no longer playing.
And Noah Cottrill continues to bounce around, going from West Virginia Wesleyan to Georgetown (Ky.) of the NAIA, where he averaged 13.5 points last season.
And now you know.
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him at Twitter.com/dphickman1.