Spring Recap: QB

The Miami Hurricanes return their starting quarterback in Kyle Wright and have a capable back-up with Kirby Freeman on the roster.

2006 SPRING ROSTER

QB #3 Kyle Wright / Junior / 6-4, 230
QB #7 Kirby Freeman / Sophomore / 6-3, 205

*measurements as told to CanesTime staff in the spring

2005 STATS

Wright: 2,403 yards, 18 TD, 10 INT, 59%
Freeman: 183 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT, 48%

SPRING RECAP

By all accounts Kyle Wright had a solid spring performance, which is encouraging by everyone in the program especially head coach Larry Coker.

Wright has done a good job to adjusting to his third offensive coordinator in his fourth year as a Miami Hurricane.

Rod Chudzinksi (2003) and Dan Werner (2004, 2005) where his two previous coordinators before Rich Olson was hired in the off-season to take over the duties.

Olson's offense will feature a lot of high percentage passes mixed in with the deep ball--something Wright consistently worked on throughout the spring.

Although the offense sputtered in the spring game Wright does look at the positive of the disappointing performance.

"Overall we did some good things and we did some bad things, but that's why we practice," Wright said. "I would rather make the mistakes now than later on down the road. That is what spring practices are for."

Wright completed 8-of-14 passes for 45 yards, but was limited in his snaps as Coker said they didn't need to see anything from Wright.

"I knew I wasn't going to get too many (reps)," said Wright. "They said they didn't need to see too much. So I knew I wasn't going to get too many and I just wanted to be efficient."

With the offense scoring just a field goal and averaging less than three yards a play, it was not the way Wright would have liked to have ended the spring.

"It is kind of disappointing to end the spring like that," Wright said. "The game was kind of up and down. We had some good drives, but we had some penalties and stuff like that kind of killed us, but for the most part I thought we did all right."

The biggest thing for Wright that he needs to improve upon is his quick decision making and ability to emerge as a leader.

For the 'Canes to be successful in 2006 Wright has to be a guy that isn't afraid to grab somebody's face mask to get them to do what they are supposed to do. He has to lead and play with passion as all top-tier quarterbacks do, or else the 'Canes will be looking at another 9-win season.

Wright's backup Kirby Freeman has been one of the hot topics this spring as he told reporters he was contemplating transferring to another Division I program at the end of the spring to get potentially two years as a starting quarterback instead of one he will get if he stays at UM.

Kirby still hasn't announced a definitive decision, but his family was in town for the spring game. He plans on discussing his options with them before making a final decision.

The Brownwood, Texas native chose Miami over Purdue, Oklahoma State, Arizona, Arizona State, Nebraska, Texas, and UCLA.

With Wright limited in the spring game Freeman handled the majority of the snaps at quarterback finishing 6-of-17 for 26 yards while rushing for 25 more.

His 14-yard run was the second-longest play of the spring game as the quarterbacks failed to completed a pass over nine yards.

"I got a lot of reps, which I was happy about" Freeman said. "I was excited to be out here playing for sure. We got a lot of work to do as you saw, but I feel comfortable with this new offense. We had some fun with it today--it was real basic. It is something that we can definitely move forward on."

Freeman is excited about the weapons on the offensive side of the ball.

"We got the guys that can make some plays. There is no doubt about that," said Freeman. "We have a young offensive line and we came out showing that we have potential. It's our job to work hard through the summer and during two-a-days before the opener against Florida State."

Regardless of what Freeman decides to do, "There are a lot of things to be excited about" with the Hurricanes.

Christopher Stock can be reached at stock@canestime.com


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