• One of the top and most respected offensive line coaches in all of college football, Rick Trickett enters his 10th season at Florida State and his 44th overall in 2016. 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.
• All five starters from the 2013 team have signed NFL contracts, including center Bryan Stork (2014 fourth round by the Patriots), left tackle Cameron Erving (2015 first round by the Browns), right guard Tre’ Jackson (2015 fourth round by the Patriots), and right tackle Bobby Hart (2015 seventh round by the Giants). Left guard Josue 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 Rodney Hudson (Oakland Raiders) on NFL rosters.
• Trickett’s coaching performance in 2015 will go down as one of the most impressive feats of his career. Despite returning just one starter and no seniors and juggling six different starting lineups that featured nine different starters because of injuries, the Seminole offensive line opened holes for running back Dalvin Cook, who tallied school records in rushing yards (1,691) and total yards (1,935) en route to All-America honors. Led by All-ACC award-winners Rod Johnson (first team), Kareem Are (honorable mention) and Chad Mavety (honorable mention), the FSU line paced an offense that averaged 31.7 points per game and totaled 424 total yards per game - both ranking fourth in the conference. At the end of the season, Johnson was named a second-team All-American and became the third consecutive Seminole to capture the Jacobs Blocking Trophy given to the ACC’s top offensive lineman, joining Cameron Erving, who won the award in 2013 and 2014. Trickett’s linemen have won the Jacobs Trophy five times in the last seven years, as Rodney Hudson captured the honor in 2009 and 2010.
• In 2014, the Seminoles returned four of five starters from the BCS National Championship win against Auburn. The line helped Cook to break the 1,000-yard barrier, the first freshman in Seminole history to reach that milestone. Trickett also presided over the move of Erving, an All-American, from left tackle to center for the final five games of 2014, opening a spot for Johnson, a true freshman, 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.
• 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. Matias and Hart also snagged all-conference honors.
• 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. 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 a plethora of 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.
• 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.
• 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 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.
• Trickett came to FSU from West Virginia, where he coached from 2001-2006. The Mountaineers finished among the top 15 rushing offenses from 2002-2006 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 38 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.
• Additionally, Trickett is one of the nation’s top recruiters and he was instrumental in the Seminoles’ No. 1 ranked recruiting class in 2016 after which he was named one of the nation’s Top 5 Recruiters by ESPN and was named to 247Sports Top 10 Recruiters list and among Rivals Top 25 Recruiters.
• 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 Trickett’s 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 Florida Atlantic. Travis and his wife, Tiffany, have a 2-year-old son, Maverick. Clint spent three years as a quarterback for the Noles and 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. After a stint as the Director of Recruiting at Louisiana Tech, Chance now works in the scouting department for the Los Angeles Rams.