Kyle Wright Discusses the Peach Bowl

Sophomore quarterback Kyle Wright has led the 'Canes to a 9-2 record in his first year as a starting quarterback.

"I think he had an outstanding year as a first-year starter," said head coach Larry Coker.

Kyle Wright has passed for 2,303 yards, 18 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions while completing 59 percent of his passes.

He did lead the team to nine wins, but it is the two losses that will haunt him.

In the losses against Florida State and Georgia Tech, the team scored a total of 17 points and lost by a combined seven points.

The offense has been heavily scrutinized this year, which is something Wright has seen since arriving at Miami in 2003.

"The quarterback (Brock Berlin) that came before me took as much scrutiny as I have ever seen so I was prepared to see what type of scrutiny we would face," Wright said.

"Nobody was as disappointed as I was or our offense was. The fans were disappointed and all that, but we didn't exceed our expectations either. With all of the hard work we put in the off-season and not get the job done is definitely disappointing."

After the loss to Georgia Tech, the team rebounded in their regular season finale against Virginia winning 25-17.

"I think it was a testament to our guys after the Georgia Tech game against Virginia because we could have packed our bags to end the season, but we came out strong and we had to put those games behind us. Hopefully we can get a win against LSU to put us in a good position for next season."

LSU comes into the Peach Bowl with a 10-2 record and a #10 ranking in the AP poll.

"From what we have seen they are very talented up front," Wright said. "They do a great job, not only with their front four, but blitzing their linebackers although they don't need to do that sometimes because they do a good job with their front four. I think we have faced that all year and that is something the offensive line and myself have improved on, is recognizing coverages and really getting the ball off on underneath throws when we need to get the ball off. We are going to get the ball to our playmakers and let them make plays."

Wright's options at receiver have been dwindled down to four guys after Ryan Moore was declared ineligible for the game, Akieem Jolla transferred, and Terrell Walden hurt his knee.

"I was really anxious to see how the guys were going to step up yesterday and I was really impressed with not only them, but how our offense practiced. Guys are going to have to step up, but my confidence in them are just as a high as the guys that aren't here. They are out there working hard like everyone else."

Although there are only four receivers available for the game, Devin Hester has made the move back to the offense as a wide receiver/running back.

Wright has previously stated how much intensity Hester brings to the offense when he is out there.

"He does it without even doing thing honestly," Wright said. "When he lines up in the backfield you hear the defense making calls and changing plays. It steps up their play as well because he just came from the defense and they don't want to get beat by him."

"With that kind of play-making ability that he has he can take a little swing pass for a big play. Just having the ball in his hands is electric. It is exciting and I am really looking forward to getting the ball in his hands this game."

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

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