Wright Ready to Lead at QB

Sophomore quarterback Kyle Wright was awarded the starting position this spring. Today he participated in his first practice since being named the starter.

Kyle Wright is a 6-foot-4, 220-pound quarterback from Danville, Calif. and is ready to lead this team back to an elite status.

"I think it was a good feeling to come out here with the great weather," Wright said. "It was great to have everyone out on the field at the same time running around having fun. Obviously we wished practice wasn't cut short."

This year's team features 16 seniors and a number of other key players who have played a substantial amount of time. The leadership on the team will be a huge factor in determining the fate of the 2005 team.

"From top to bottom, I think by far this is the most leadership that I have seen around here," Wright said. "Both sides of the ball have leaders and that is only a positive thing. Guys have been through good and bad times. They know what it takes week in and week out to get to a national championship."

Another positive sign this year's team is destined for great things is the attitude around the team. Everyone appears to be on the same page and have the same goal in mind.

"We have a great attitude and passion to play," Wright said. "I feel comfortable knowing where I am supposed to go with the football and now I just have to do it."

Wright has yet to endure the ups and downs of a season after only throwing nine passes last year, but has the right mindset heading into the season.

"I don't think anyone has been successful playing football without making mistakes," Wright said. "I think that is going to be part of the learning process, not only for myself, but for anybody. Mistakes are going to happen. Good players might throw two picks in a game, but they will throw for a touchdown on the final drive. No matter what happens in the course of a game I can't show that I am too down or too happy. There is always room for improvement."

The wide receivers led by Sinorice Moss are expected to have a productive season this year after struggling as a unit the last two seasons.

"The biggest thing I saw during 7-on-7's is that guys were competing and having fun," Wright said. "I think if they do that and let their athletic ability take over I don't think anybody can guard them in the country. Steady improvement is the biggest thing."

One of the key factors in a successful passing game is having the quarterback on the same page as his receivers.

"The whole key to the summer is working on those types of things," Wright said. "We all want to be on the same page."

Moss along with Ryan Moore, Lance Leggett, and Darnell Jenkins are the top recievers on the team. Last year the four combined for 67 catches, 1,015 yards, and 10 touchdowns. They will need to improve on those numbers if they want to have a successful passing game.

"I want to commend them because last year they were called out by the coaches and the team for not carrying their weight," Wright said. "They were dropping balls and making mistakes. By the end of the year they were actually one of the better groups that we had. I am looking for them to carry that over into this season."

Tyrone Moss, a junior, is the team's starting running back. Moss has rushed for 956 yards and 11 touchdowns in his first two seasons as a Hurricane.

"Tyrone looks great," Wright said. "He has really been working hard and he is going to be a huge factor in our offense."

Second-string weakside linebacker Willie Williams has Wright excited. Kyle refers to Willie as 'Combine' because of the ridiculous numbers he puts up in the weight room.

"I am glad he is on my team," Wright said. "I hope that he gets on the field. Willie has as much physical talent as I have seen since I have been here. He is a good kid and everyone knows about his talents. If he gets on the field I think he will impact the game the way that Devin Hester does. By the time it is all said and done I think he will be doing that."

Wright and his teammates travel to Florida State for their season opener on September 5. Make no mistake about it, he thinks about the challenge often.

"It has definitely sunk in," Wright said. "I would be lying if I told you I'm not thinking about it all the time. I am accepting the challenge and I can't wait to get there. I think we will be ready."

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

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