Jeremy Wright ready for the next level

Former University of Louisville running back Jeremy Wright has been training towards the NFL Draft since just after the AllState Sugar Bowl. Wright is hoping to get his named called this week during the NFL Draft. Cardinal Authority continues to take a look at ex-U of L in the NFL Draft with a look at the running back.

With one year of eligibility remaining, Jeremy Wright made a decision not to return to the University of Louisville not long after the Sugar Bowl in January.

Wright says he's never looked back.

And the 5-foot-11, 200-pound Wright says he doesn't regret the decision. He's been working towards the NFL Draft and is hoping for good news this week as the Draft begins on Thursday night.

"It's been hard for me, but it's all been good," Wright said in a recent interview. "I've been training in Orlando and I feel really good."

Wright, who participated in U of L's Pro Day last month, is uncertain where he'll be taken. His name doesn't show up in a lot of the mock NFL draft boards but he has met with several teams in recent weeks.

He's talked to the 49ers, Falcons, Dolphins, Chargers and Jets and had a workout in late March for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

"It's going to work out," Wright said. "I was happy with my decision the day I made it. There's no reason for me to look back now, it's al been good."

Wright signed with agent Ed Brown and has been working in Orlando with trainer Boris Jackson of Speed Plus and said he's "ready to go."

It wasn't long ago Wright figured that would be for a senior season at U of L.

Wright, who rushed for 4,133 yards in three seasons at East Ridge High School in Clermont, Fla., was a redshirt in 2009 at U of L and then was second on the team in 2010 with 327 yards and four touchdowns.

He was injured prior to his sophomore season and said he never felt healthy, finishing third on the team with 334 yards on 73 carries. He was in a battle for the starting spot last season and has started every game.

But he always wasn't the leading rusher. Senorise Perry, who was injured in the Syracuse game and missed the rest of the season led the team at the time with 136 carries for 705 yards and 11 TDs. Wright finished with 824 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns and also had 41 receptions for the Sugar Bowl champions.

Wright first alluded to perhaps not returning for his senior season just before the Sugar Bowl. He graduated in December decided not to return to campus, instead opting to put his name in the draft.

"I thought about it real hard, the team we had coming back and the players we have and the conference we are in," Wright said. "I thought about everything. My degree was a lot for me, just accomplishing that was a big deal.

"I know there are things I can improve on and will improve on but I work hard and I believe that's going to help me out."

Wright, who has a major in health and human performance, said he's going to be happy with his decision no matter what the outcome is this week.

And if necessary, Wright is ready to work as a free agent to make a team.

"You only get so many opportunities," he said. "The window is really small and you have very little room for error. It's always different for people around the world in competition. I just try and stay positive and stay focused."


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