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QB Clint Trickett pushes harder for starting job in Florida State Seminoles' spring game

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TALLAHASSEE — As Florida State's backup quarterback, sophomore Clint Trickett entered the spring with a singular focus: He wanted his days as the backup to be over.

In addition to trying to maintain a firm grip on his position as the primary backup, he wanted to win the starting job.

At Doak Campbell Stadium on Saturday afternoon, he played as if the No. 1 spot was well within his reach.

Trickett passed for two touchdowns and Debrale Smiley had a touchdown run as the Garnet defeated the Gold 35-20 in Florida State's spring game.

Trickett ended the day 12-for-23 for 173 yards.

"It's just a competitive attitude, that I've never really been a backup in my life, nor do I want to be," Trickett said. "That's no disrespect toward (starter) EJ (Manuel). … Of course I'm gunning for it, just like he was when Christian (Ponder) was here. I want to keep it in that perspective."

Manuel, who led the Gold team, passed for touchdowns to former Plant High standout James Wilder and Kenny Shaw. Manuel completed 28 of 51 for 255 yards.

But Manuel also threw two interceptions, one of which was returned 51 yards for a touchdown by safety Terrence Brooks in the second quarter.

Trickett connected with Greg Dent on a 70-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown on the game's first play and then found walk-on Rashad Gholston on a 15-yard scoring pass in the third quarter to put the Garnet up 21-7.

"I was very pleased with (Trickett's) control in the huddle," coach Jimbo Fisher said. "His knowledge of what we're doing right now is getting much better."

With Manuel playing behind a mostly young and rather porous offensive line, Fisher was forced into having him throw more than expected.

"I'm not worried about what I see from EJ," Fisher said. "I know what he can do. I wanted to see what the left tackle was going to do and those guards were going to do. I want to see what all those guys can do. It's not a game. I know what I got there (at quarterback)."

Fisher said each quarterback will enter the fall in the position in which he finished the spring.

"They'll keep battling, and we'll keep playing them and see where they're at," Fisher said.

Gholston also had a 25-yard touchdown catch from walk-on James Moore in the fourth quarter. Rodney Smith had seven catches for 71 yards for the Garnet. For the Gold, Shaw had seven catches for 53 yards. Nick O'Leary added five catches for 53 yards.

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