Position series feature: Jeremy Wright

Jeremy Wright has played in 23 games at running back for the University of Louisville and has rushed for more than 600 yards. Now, a junior and Wright is one of three backs battling for the starting spot.

Jeremy Wright had high expectations for himself after finishing second in rushing yards on the University of Louisville football team as a freshman.

Wright had 327 yards and four touchdowns in 11 games, running behind All-Conference senior back Bilal Powell.

"I was ready," Wright said about replacing Powell and splitting time with last year's senior Vic Anderson in the Cardinals' backfield.

But Wright suffered a knee injury during spring practice and said he was "never the same" throughout his sophomore season. The 5-foot-11, 205-pound Wright only ran for 334 yards and had just one TD in 12 games.

"He showed some flashes," offensive coordinator Shawn Watson said. "But he wasn't consistent. He needed to be more consistent."

One year later, Wright had a stellar spring practice and is primed for a solid season. He's in a battle with Dominique Brown and Senorise Perry to be the starting running back for the Cardinals.

"I wanted to play so bad, that I think I kind of rushed it," Wright said about his return. "I have watched myself on film and I was not taking full advantage of the potential I could be (last season). I wasn't ever really all the way healthy.

"But now I feel good and I feel great about this season."

On Tuesday, U of L head coach Charlie Strong said he wasn't going to use a running back by committee with the three backs. A starter will likely be named next Monday and Wright is firmly in the mix.

"They all have talent," Strong said. "Wright has power and speed."

Wright said the competition during fall camp has made all three running backs better and will make the unit stronger this season.

"I don't think there is any things we won't be prepared for," Wright said. "We just have to stay focused and do what we can do to the best of our abilities. We're all making each other better on the field and working hard.

"There's no way anybody can take a play off."

Wright, who has become a key kickoff return specialist for the Cardinals, replaced Powell when he was injured in the Syracuse game two years ago. He finished with 98 yards and two TDs. Wright had a career-high 108 yards on 11 carries in a game last season against Rutgers.

Now, Wright hopes his offseason work will help him produce more memorable games for the Cardinals.

"I worked real hard in the offseason as far as film and getting what the coaches wanted," he said. "I really looked at the plays and learned in the classroom so that now I can execute on the field.

"Now I am more detailed in the work that I do and I became more serious. I am feeling good and have to just keep focused on every play. Of course, anybody wants to be that guy but I have high hopes for this season."

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