Wright, Canes Have First Scrimmage

Quarterback Kyle Wright likes what he sees from the 2006 Hurricanes.

Yesterday the Miami Hurricanes held their first scrimmage of the spring, which concluded their first week of spring practices.

"You couldn't have had a better day to scrimmage, first of all," Wright said.

Last year the Hurricanes finished 9-3 and so far, Wright likes what he sees from the '06 Canes.

"I am more impressed with this year's team at this point compared to last year's team," said Wright.

Having WRs Ryan Moore, Darnell Jenkins, and Lance Leggett definitely helps Wright and the offense.

"We are so far ahead with my timing with the wide receivers, the offensive line, and the overall energy of the offense has been really great," said Wright. "Those aren't just comments I am throwing out there, I really believe that."

The trio of Moore-Jenkins-Leggett is expected to exceed their production of last year and under new offensive coordinator Rich Olson they want to expand the field more.

"All of those guys are really stepping up and Lance is just burning guys deep," Wright said. "Ryan and Darnell have been doing the same thing. All of them have been going deep and that hasn't been a problem. And our timing on comebacks and things like that have been really good."

Another heavy point of emphasis for the Canes this spring is replacing four starters on the offensive line with Anthony Wollschlager returning as the lone starter at center.

"At times they show flashes," said Wright. "They are not as consistent as they should be, but you wouldn't expect them to be at this time of the year. Just because they are young and haven't played doesn't mean they don't have the talent to go in and do a good job this year."

"I definitely think it will be a step up from last year," added Wright.

Strides are being made on offense, an offense that finished 73rd in the country last year in total offense (353 yards/game).

"We have a long ways to go and we don't look great all the time, but we are showing some good stuff. At this time of year I am pretty pleased."

The Hurricanes return to practice on Tuesday at 3:20 p.m., but practices remain closed to the public.

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

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