FSU's Clint Trickett to transfer

Updated: April 18, 2013, 1:43 PM ET
By David Hale | NoleNation

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State junior Clint Trickett will transfer, the school announced Wednesday, likely putting an end to the Seminoles' ongoing quarterback battle.

Trickett, whose father is the team's offensive line coach, started two games for Florida State in 2011, played in eight games in 2012, and entered the spring atop the depth chart. Trickett's experience gave him a minor leg up in a four-man race to replace EJ Manuel, but redshirt freshman Jameis Winston appeared to overtake Trickett following the Seminoles' spring game last week in which he completed 12-of-15 passes for 205 yards and two touchdowns.

"After a long meeting with Clint, he expressed he'd like to explore another playing opportunity, and I've signed off on his wish," coach Jimbo Fisher said in a statement. "Clint has not only been a great player for our program, but a great young man and ambassador for Florida State who will graduate in a few weeks. He's been a part of this program for a long time and we wish nothing but the best for him in his future endeavors."

Trickett is on track to complete his degree, meaning he would be able to transfer to another FBS school without having to sit out a year, under NCAA rules for graduate students.

Trickett had a solid spring but struggled against the No. 1 defense in the exhibition game, and afterward he appeared resigned to his fate.

"You can only control what you can control," Trickett said following Saturday's scrimmage. "It's Coach's decision, and I just know I need to finish strong academically these next few weeks and hopefully something will work out."

For his career, Trickett completed 66-of-106 passes for 947 yards and seven touchdowns in 17 games.

Although Fisher has not announced officially who his starting quarterback will be this fall, Trickett's decision to transfer is a clear signal Winston is the frontrunner. Sophomore Jacob Coker and freshman Sean Maguire also remain on the roster.