Wright Hurt, Freeman In

Miami QB Kyle Wright has a fractured thumb on his throwing hand and did not practice Tuesday.

Wright suffered the injury on the third play of the game against Virginia Tech last Sat-urday, but played through the pain. At halftime he was looked at by the trainers, how-ever he told them there was nothing they could do about it and they would deal with it after the game.

He finished the game completed 14 of 29 passes for 84 yards and two interceptions.

"It was something I tried not to think about and not let it affect me," said Wright, who has injured the same thumb on at least four different occasions. "I am not going to sit up here and make excuses."

Wright is in a cast, but is expected to have it removed on Wednesday to see if he can throw a football and be ready for Saturday's game at Maryland.

"I think he might be able to play, but we'll see more tomorrow," Coach Larry Coker said. "A lot of it has to do with the swelling, but also how he can grip the football - that will be a big key."

If Wright is unable to play against Maryland, sophomore Kirby Freeman would make his first career start.

"Now that I am getting the opportunity to start it is on me now," Freeman said. "I am not pushing Kyle anymore, I am pushing myself. I am doing the best I can to prepare for the week and that is all that matters."

When asked if he definitely knew if he was going to start, Freeman responded:

"I hope I do to be honest with you. I don't know what the deal is with Kyle and his cast, but I have gone to Coach Berry, Coach Olson, and Coach Coker and told them that I really feel I can make a difference so why don't you start me, I simply said that to them and we'll see."

Freeman has completed 10 of 18 passes this year for 127 yards and two touchdowns. He has also thrown two interceptions and has rushed for 34 yards.

Christopher Stock can be reached at stock@canestime.com

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