The Wright Stuff

After a week reprieve, FSU returned to summer conditioning drills Monday. The Seminoles held a spirited, high-energy training session outdoors following an afternoon thunderstorm. A number of freshmen were cleared medically to participate, while others are waiting for needed paperwork to be completed. Junior college transfer <b>Barry Wright,</b> meanwhile, continues to recover from an ankle injury suffered in spring drills. He's part of a talented linebacking corps that's considered a strength.

Florida State linebacker Barry Wright looked down at his left ankle and shook his head. Still, Wright says his injured ankle is feeling better each day.

"It's coming along. I am not going to rush it but every day I am trying to make progress and doing different things to get it better," Wright said.

"It's coming along."

Wright said he injured his left ankle during spring drills.

Wright, of course, enrolled at FSU in January from Coffeyville Community College. The former Pensacola Woodham standout was looking forward to making a favorable impression on the coaching staff and getting a jumpstart on his fellow newcomers.

Wright was able to do both despite the injury. He has participated in limited workout sessions this summer and, on Monday night, he was joined by a number of incoming freshmen as the Seminoles continued their conditioning drills.

"It (ankle) popped out during practice and I just recently got it popped back in," Wright said.

"I didn't know there was a problem. I had an MRI and just found out. I don't need surgery. I am rehabbing and it's getting better. I am jogging a little more and starting to get my speed back. I think it's going to come along."

Wright says his biggest concern at the moment is he's unable to push off his toes on his left foot when it comes time to accelerate. However, he also believes that will improve as his ankle continues to heal. Wright wears an ankle brace for protection.

While his time on the field has been limited, Wright has been busy in the film room concentrating on the Seminoles' defensive scheme.

"I've been watching film. I feel a lot more comfortable now than I did in the spring," Wright said. "I like it (scheme). I like to run around after the ball."

Known as an athletic linebacker with good quickness, Wright recorded 156 tackles and tacked on 14 sacks during his senior season at Woodham. Wright earned a first team All-State selection as well as being named to the All-Northwest first team. Since he redshirted in 2002 at Coffeyville, he has three years of eligibility at FSU.

Wright, a 6-foot-1, 220-pounder, selected FSU over LSU, West Virginia, South Carolina, and East Carolina.

Wright says he will be ready when the Seminoles open two-a-day practices in August.

"I will probably going in a little winded because I haven't ran in awhile and I hate that," Wright said and smiled. "But once I get my wind, I will be good."


Enrolled at FSU in the spring of 2004..a native of Pensacola, Fla. (Woodham High School)...had an outstanding senior season as he totaled 156 tackles and 14 2003 at Coffeyville CC, he tallied 89 tackles and four sacks in leading his team to a 9-2 record...earned all-conference and JUCO all-american honors...extremely fast linebacker with the speed to cover the field side to side...has been timed at a 4.40 40.

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