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Rick Trickett
Position: Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line
Alma Mater: Glenville '72
Experience: 10 Years
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• One of the top and most respected offensive line coaches in all of college football, Rick Trickett will enter his ninth season at Florida State and his 43rd overall in 2015. He is nationally recognized for his ability to identify, recruit and develop talent. The 2013 and 2014 seasons proved that Trickett was not only one of the top offensive line coaches in the nation, but one of the best assistant coaches in college football as the Seminole offensive line served as the foundation for the highest scoring offense in college football history, a 29-game winning streak, and an undefeated national championship season.

• In 2014, the Seminoles returned four of five starters from the BCS National Championship win against Auburn. The line helped open holes throughout the season, including allowing true freshman Dalvin Cook to break the 1,000-yard barrier, the first freshman in Seminole history to reach that milestone. Along with Cook, senior tailback Karlos Williams scored 11 rushing touchdowns for the second consecutive season and left Florida State with the ninth-most touchdowns in school history. Trickett also presided over the move by All-American Cameron Erving from left tackle to center for the final five games of 2014, opening a spot for true freshman Roderick Johnson at left tackle. Johnson collected several freshman All-America honors, while Erving earned First Team All-ACC honors at left tackle and Second (media) and Third (coaches) Team honors at center.

• Senior guard Tre’ Jackson was named a unanimous All-American in 2014 and the South Team MVP in the Senior Bowl. Jackson collected All-ACC First Team three consecutive years. Erving was named the ACC’s Jacobs Blocking Trophy winner for the second straight season. Trickett’s linemen have won the Jacobs Trophy four times in the last six years, as Rodney Hudson captured the honor in 2009 and 2010.

• In 2014, senior guard Josue Matias nabbed All-ACC Second Team honors from the media and Third Team accolades from the coaches, while senior right tackle Bobby Hart was an All-ACC Third Team selection.

• Trickett’s standout offensive line paved the way for the Seminoles to have the most prolific offense in the country in 2013 and capture the BCS National Championship en route to a perfect 14-0 season. Behind redshirt senior center Bryan Stork, redshirt junior left tackle Erving, junior left guard Matias, junior right guard Jackson and junior right tackle Hart, FSU set school and ACC records for single-season total offense (7,267 yards), points per game (51.6) and yards per play (7.67) as well as the national record for points (723) while leading the nation in touchdowns (94). FSU set the ACC and school records for total touchdowns, passing touchdowns (42) and the school record for rushing touchdowns (42). Florida State ranked first in the ACC and sixth in the nation in total offense (519.1). With the nation’s top offensive line providing protection and opening holes, Florida State rushed for 2,844 yards (5.6 ypc), while passing for 4,423 yards, helping first-year quarterback Jameis Winston (4,057 yards, 40 touchdowns) win countless awards and become the youngest player ever to win the Heisman Trophy. In addition, Trickett’s offensive line created running lanes for tailback Devonta Freeman to become the first Seminole since 1996 to gain 1,000 yards rushing. Freeman, an All-ACC First Team selection, finished with 1,016 yards (5.9 ypc) and 14 touchdowns on the ground.

• All five starters from the 2013 team have signed NFL contracts, including Stork (2014 fourth round by the Patriots), Erving (2015 first round by the Browns), Jackson (2015 fourth round by the Patriots), and Hart (2015 seventh round by the Giants). Matias signed as an undrafted free agent with the Tennessee Titans. Stork became just the second player in Florida State history (after William Floyd) to win a national championship and Super Bowl in consecutive seasons after starting Super Bowl XLIX for the Patriots. They join recent Trickett protégés Menelik Watson (Oakland Raiders), Zebrie Sanders (Buffalo Bills) and Hudson (Oakland Raiders) on NFL rosters.

• In 2013, Stork captured consensus All-America honors and won the Rimington Trophy given to the nation’s top center. Stork became the second Trickett-coached player to earn the Rimington, joining 2006 winner Dan Mozes of West Virginia. In addition to his numerous All-America accolades that included first team honors from the Football Writers Association of America and the Associated Press, Stork nabbed All-ACC First Team honors from the media and coaches. Erving was tabbed an All-American by countless outlets including USA Today (2013-First Team), Associated Press (2013-Second Team), Walter Camp (2013-Second Team), and (2014-First Team).

• The 2012 season was FSU’s most productive offensive season until the 2013 campaign and Trickett’s offensive line was vital to Florida State’s success. The Seminoles set a then-FSU record with 6,591 yards of total offense and surpassed 500 yards of total offense six times behind a front line in which all five starters captured all-conference honors. Florida State rolled to its first ACC title since 2005 and an Orange Bowl victory behind Erving (All-ACC Second Team), Stork (All-ACC Second Team), Jackson (All-ACC Second Team), Watson (All-ACC Honorable Mention) and Matias (All-ACC Honorable Mention). Florida State ranked second in the ACC in rushing offense (206.21) and third in total offense (471.50) and scoring offense (39.29).

• In 2010, Trickett’s line featured Hudson, who became one of the most decorated offensive linemen in school and ACC history, earning unanimous first team All-America honors in 2010. Hudson was one of three finalists for the Outland Trophy, won his second consecutive Jacobs Blocking Trophy as the ACC’s most dominant lineman and was only the second lineman in league history to be selected All-ACC four times.

• From 2002-2006, West Virginia finished among the top 15 rushing offenses and three times were among the top five nationally behind Trickett-coached lines. In 2006, the Mountaineers were second in the nation in rushing, third in scoring offense and fifth in total offense.

• More than 35 players Trickett has coached have gone on to play in the NFL and more than 35 players have won all-conference honors, including four of his five linemen at West Virginia in 2005 and 2006 and all five Seminole starters in 2012 and 2013. At LSU in 2000, three of his players earned All-SEC honors.

• Trickett earned his undergraduate degree in 1972 from Glenville (W.Va.), where he was an all-conference strong safety. He received his master’s degree from Indiana (Pa.) in 1975.

• Trickett is a U.S. Marine Corps and Vietnam War veteran.

• Trickett released a book in 2012. “Complete Offensive Line” is a comprehensive guide to the techniques, drills and game strategies necessary to develop an effective offensive front.

• The Tricketts have been a fixture on the FSU campus since Rick’s 2007 arrival in Tallahassee. All three of Tara and Rick’s sons have been involved in the football program with Travis serving as an offensive graduate assistant in 2010 after serving as a videographer. He received his master’s degree from FSU and is now the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Samford University. Travis and his wife, Tiffany, have a 1-year-old son, Maverick. Clint spent three years as a quarterback for the Noles, graduated with a degree in social science and two seasons at West Virginia, where he passed for 4,890 yards and 25 touchdowns for the Mountaineers. Clint is now the quarterbacks coach at East Mississippi Community College. Chance graduated from FSU in spring 2011 with his bachelor’s degree and worked in the FSU recruiting office. Chance is now the Director of Recruiting at Louisiana Tech.

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