Trickett remains as West Virginia's No. 1 QB

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Plenty will happen between now and Aug. 30 when West Virginia opens the 2014 college football season against Alabama at Georgia Dome in Atlanta. For now, though, Clint Trickett is still Dana Holgorsen’s No. 1 quarterback.

Holgorsen, the Mountaineers’ fourth-year coach, released his post-spring depth chart Wednesday and it listed Trickett, who started seven games in 2013 but missed spring drills due to offseason shoulder surgery, at No. 1.

The new depth chart held few surprises, but it clarified that Trickett was the clear favorite over Logan Moore, Paul Millard and Skyler Howard, who competed in spring practice and are listed as co-backups.

Rushel Shell, a transfer from Pitt, is listed as the No. 3 running back behind Dreamius Smith and Wendell Smallwood, who each saw time in 2013 behind All-Big 12 Conference selection Charles Sims. Shell sat out 2013 due to transfer rules and rushed for 37 yards in the spring game April 12.

Shell is one of 14 newcomers — transfers, freshmen or players returning from redshirt seasons — listed on the depth chart.

Stephen J. Nesbitt:, 412-290-2183 and Twitter @stephenjnesbitt.

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