Wright and Moss Lead Canes Offense

Miami quarterback Kyle Wright and running back Tyrone Moss are huge factors in the Hurricane offense after signing with the 'Canes in 2003. The first-year starters have their biggest game of their careers at #3 Virginia Tech (8-0) on Saturday.

Kyle Wright has passed for 1,383 yards, 10 touchdowns, and 8 interceptions while completing 59 percent of his passes.

After a season-opening loss to Florida State, Wright has guided the Hurricanes to six straight wins and a number five ranking in the AP Poll.

Despite throwing a season-high three interceptions last game, Wright remains very confident heading into the game against Virginia Tech.

"He believes in himself," head coach Larry Coker said "He has confidence and doesn't get shaken. It's what he has to be a special player."

Virginia Tech's defense ranks first in the country in points allowed, giving up just 9.1 points per game.

"They are solid across the board," Wright said. "There is not really a weakness on their defense. It will be a big challenge for us and we have to play mistake-free football."

One thing that helps Wright against the Hokies defense is the fact that Miami's defense is very good also as they lead the nation in yards allowed (221 per game). Wright faces the Miami defense every day in practice and compares the two.

"They are not as fast as our defense," Wright said.

Heading into the game Wright has plenty of confidence in his team and his own ability.

"I think you definitely have to play with a chip on your shoulder," Wright said.

One factor Wright points towards in being successful against the Hokies is their personality on the field.

"We have to have fun," Wright said. "This team doesn't have a problem with that."

Wright has had his ups and downs throughout the season. Despite the positives he is not happy with his season.

"No I am not satisfied with my play," Wright said. "I still have a lot of hunger to get better each week."

Kyle Wright Game-By-Game
Opponent        Yards  Comp-Att  TD-INT
1. at FSU        232     16-28    1-2 
2. at Clemson    152     16-26    1-0
3. Colorado      264     20-39    1-0
4. USF           173     13-26    0-1
5. Duke          255     18-31    3-2
6. at Temple     196      9-10    4-0
7. UNC           111     11-16    0-3
The last time Miami played at Virginia Tech, they suffered a 31-7 defeat.

Wright remembers talking to Moss on the sidelines during the game.

"I told him that we have to remember this feeling of losing," Wright said.

Tyrone Moss has also had an up and down season for the 'Canes and his touchdowns have came in bunches.

Tyrone Moss Game-By-Game
Opponent        Yards  Carries  Avg  TD
1. at FSU        102     23     4.4  0 
2. at Clemson    139     31     4.5  3
3. Colorado       39     13     3.0  0
4. USF            89     22     4.0  3
5. Duke           82     12     6.8  2
6. at Temple      29      6     4.8  0
7. UNC           195     24     8.1  4
Moss currently ranks second in the ACC with 675 yards rushing and is tied for fifth in the nation with 12 rushing touchdowns.

His 23 career rushing touchdowns ranks him seventh on Miami's all-time list and is just two away from sixth place, Eddie Dunn (1936-38), who has 25.

He is just 262 yards away from 10th place on Miami's all-time career rushing list.

Moss is looking forward to the game against Virgina Tech.

"We know they have a great team," Moss said. "We are excited to play in a big-time game."

Coming out of high school Moss considered attending Virginia Tech.

"I liked the surroundings there," Moss said. "They have a great coaching staff and I liked their fans."

Although he liked what the Hokies had to offer, he wanted to stay close to home and be a Hurricane.

In his two career games against Virginia Tech, Moss has rushed for 35 yards on 10 carries.

Heading into the game he understands the challenge he has personally and the offense in general against the nation's best scoring defense.
"Those guys are fast on defense," Moss said. "They have great tacklers. We know they have a great defensive line and linebackers, but we have the talent to beat them."

Coming off a 195-yard output against North Carolina it has helped raise the confidence level for Moss although it was high to begin with.

Coker was very impressed with Tyrone's performance last week.

"I was thinking 'wow, that's our guy'," Coker said. "He ran very well."

Moss and Wright will need to have strong performances as the team's top offensive weapons to return to Miami with a 7-1 record.

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

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