"I've been telling some of the guys for the last several weeks to keep working hard that you never know when it's your time," Wright said. "You really don't think about someone like Greg going down, but by the same token, you never know when it's your turn."
Wright said Julian Horton had mentioned earlier in the fall that it might be best to take a redshirt. Wright told him to keep plugging.
"Now it's his time," Wright said. "It's like we talked about, you never know.
Horton has made plays of late for the wide receivers. He said he thought there was enough depth that he wouldn't play this season.
"I was kind of surprised. We had a lot of depth at receiver so I figured I'd redshirt," he said. "But I just kept on working and tried to stay humble, and I got a good opportunity to play this year."
The freshmen wide receivers see the way they have been developing.
"Every week we're getting better," Horton said. "I think I've gotten better because I've kept moving up the depth chart. I'm more comfortable working with (Ryan) Mallett and the No. 1 offense, so that gets you better each week. Getting into the Ole Miss game and then starting last week's game was very good."
Wright said the Hogs won't miss a beat despite losing their number one statistical wide receiver.
"I think you are going to see Julian Horton step up, you are going to see Cobi Hamilton step up and Lance Ray step up," Wright said. "We thought last week we were going to be without both Greg (Childs) and Joe (Adams), but we just kept going in practice and you look up and Ryan Mallett still throws for 409 yards."
Adams didn't play with what he revealed Tuesday was a high ankle sprain. He was able to make it through most of Tuesday's practice including one-on-one drills and the team segment. He thinks he'll be fine by game time Saturday when the Hogs play at South Carolina.
"I wasn't able to do the punt return duties, but got into some of the other stuff," Adams said. "I'm getting better. Yeah, I'll be all right (this week)."
Wright said he sees a hunger in some that haven't played while the veterans got most of the playing time.
"I think some of the guys know it's their time," he said. "They are ready. I know that's how it works, you work, work, work and then when someone goes down, you step into the role. You see some of the guys getting more reps in practice so they know it's going to mean more playing time. They have been practicing hard so they will take full advantage of the opportunity.
"That's what makes this offense work, having this kind of depth. That's why you have the numbers of players on our depth chart in this offense. That's what makes a Bobby Petrino offense work, is the depth. You just plug in someone when a player goes down. You won't see us suffer any this week. We have that kind of depth."
Offensive coordinator Garrick McGee said much the same thing.
"It's a matter of everyone knowing their role and being ready," McGee said. "We talk about that all the time. You saw it with Tyler Wilson when Ryan went down. You saw it last week with Joe Adams out. We have guys who are preparing to play.
"I know it's tough on Greg Childs, but at the same time, he knows the risk of playing football. It's a contact sport. He was disappointed, but he's doing fine now. I've talked to him a couple of times. He's not going to be a distraction for this team. He's going to help with the younger guys and get them ready to play and encourage them."
McGee said Tuesday's practice was a good one for the wide receivers.
"They did good," McGee said. "We recruited well at the position. We've got a lot of good players and a lot of fast kids. They've been training hard all season. They looked good. We looked as good as we could."
McGee liked what he saw of Adams.
"I thought he did all right," McGee said. "We've got to continue to evaluate him throughout the week and see how it goes. I think he kind of feels the urgency that he needs to get out there. But we've got to continue to evaluate him."