West Virginia starting QB unknown vs. Iowa State; Trickett sits out practice with concussion


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West Virginia quarterback Skyler Howard (3) hands the ball off to Rushel Shell (7) during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Kansas State in Morgantown, W.Va., on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. Kansas State won 26-20. (AP Photo/Chris Jackson)

CHARLESTON, West Virginia — West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said Tuesday he doesn't know whether quarterback Clint Trickett will return from a concussion to play in Saturday's regular-season finale at Iowa State.

Trickett, who was hurt in last week's 26-20 loss to Kansas State, didn't practice Tuesday. Holgorsen said he expects the senior to return to practice on Wednesday and he will be evaluated the rest of the week.

"It's still unknown as far as what's going to happen," Holgorsen said.

Holgorsen said he didn't know the severity of Trickett's concussion, his third in the past two seasons.

"That's for our doctors to evaluate," Holgorsen said. "They've got written tests. They've got computerized tests. When they say thumbs up, that means thumbs up, I get to coach them. Up until this point right now, they have not given the thumbs up."

If Trickett can't play, sophomore Skyler Howard will get his first start for the Mountaineers (6-5, 4-4 Big 12) against the Cyclones (2-8, 0-7).

In his first extensive play this season, Howard entered the Kansas State game in the third quarter after Trickett threw his second interception. Howard threw two touchdown passes and went 15 of 23 for 198 yards.

"I was extremely happy with how he went in there and the spark that he gave us," Holgorsen said. "You can clearly see that things are starting to click for him."

Trickett has 3,285 passing yards this season. He hasn't thrown a touchdown pass in a span of 10 quarters, but Holgorsen isn't going to make a switch based on Trickett's recent struggles.

"He's been a huge part in the success that we've had offensively," Holgorsen said. "He's done a great job for us.

"I'm paid to win football games, so I've got to put guys in there that give us the best chance to win. I don't think he's done anything to jeopardize that."

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