Injury Slows Development

This was supposed to be the year freshman quarterback Kyle Wright saw significant playing time in order to have game experience heading into the 2005 as the expected starter. He has missed the last five games after spraining three ligaments in his ankle.

It has been a slow process of getting back on the field and is questionable for the game on Saturday against Wake Forest.

"I am very disappointed because we need to know what we have," head coach Larry Coker said. "We would have loved an opportunity to see him play and not just in mop-up time. We would like to see him in valuable situations. Just as we started that process in the Georgia Tech week he had the injury."

Next year the Hurricanes only have Wright and Kirby Freeman, who will be a redshirt freshman next year, as quarterbacks on the roster with the graduation of Brock Berlin and Derrick Crudup. Derek Shaw (Oceanside, CA) has orally committed to Miami and would be the third quarterback on the roster.

The injury has slowed the process of development for Wright, but is trying to stay positive.

"It is pretty disappointing with playing time especially in some of the tough environments like North Carolina and in the Clemson game," Wright said. "I will just take a positive out of this and hopefully get back to where I was before."

On the season Kyle Wright has completed 5-of-9 passes for 30 yards. Before his injury he played in the third series of the game against Georgia Tech. He was not able to get into a good rhythm and was sacked a number of times.

Last year Wright redshirted, but still traveled with the team as the third-string emergency quarterback. Traveling with the team is something he has enjoyed and it has been hard this year not traveling because of the injury.

"This is almost like my redshirt season," Wright said. "The past couple of games it has felt like that. I came out to practice and suited up, watched film and all of that. Having to practice and not play was pretty hard. Even last year when I redshirted I traveled and never missed a game. That hurt. That was the hardest part about it."

After Wednesday's practice he summarized how he felt with his performance and what he needs to do in order to get back on the field.

"I felt kind of rusty today," Wright said. "I think I need to get back in the groove and the swing of things. I just need to get out here and run around to test it. Yesterday I scrambled out of the pocket and did a spin move. While I did it I thought to myself that I hope I come of this thing okay. I think it set me back a little bit. It is just something you have to overcome."

The spin move and dropping back in the pocket creates a thought in the back of his mind with his injury.

"I am cautious of it," Wright said. "I felt it when I did the spin move, but it didn't bother me too much. I think it will be like that for a little while."

It is uncertain whether or not Wright will play on Saturday, but Coker remains optimistic.

"I feel like he will be cleared to play this week," Coker said. "He practiced some last week, but we didn't feel he could play. We feel the progress he has made he will be able to play."

Christopher Stock is a Staff Writer for CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at stock@canestime.com

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