Wright Prepares for Final Home Game

Today at 7:15 pm, Kyle Wright will be a part of history. He'll be the Miami Hurricanes' starting quarterback for the final game ever at the Orange Bowl. Additionally, he'll be playing in his last home game in a Hurricane uniform.

70 years of memories will be put to rest tonight. 70 years of national championships, comeback victories against rivals, marquee blowout wins, and incredible atmosphere. Tonight, senior quarterback Kyle Wright will don the orange Hurricanes' home jersey for the last time ever at Miami at the Orange Bowl. The moment will be especially bittersweet for Wright, who as a fifth year senior has seen older teammates go through senior day in previous years.

"You know, the past five years, all the guys you get to know that you see go on, I mean it was an emotional day for them and their families," Wright said. "Now that my day has come, I don't know…I don't think it's really hit me yet, that I only have one more. It's definitely going to be a special moment because not only myself, but my class has been through so much and I think it'll be emotional for us."

While the night will certainly be an emotional one, with lots of activities and former players in attendance, fans shouldn't forget that there IS a football game to play. The Orange Bowl certainly deserves a proper send-off, and Wright, who is still bothered by the ankle injury suffered against FSU, is trying his hardest to be physically prepared for a tough Virginia pass-rush.

"It's just something I have to deal with right now and try to limit in the training room and try to get better every day," Wright said after practice.

"Tuesday was the first day I was really able to fully participate in team drills and it felt good to be out there. It's been two weeks and I felt I was a little slower. I don't know if I was just self conscious or I was that slow, but I tried to overcompensate by speeding things up, but you know I'll get the hang of it."

Wright, who is not particularly mobile regardless of injury, has been doing a better job this season of avoiding the pass rush and keeping his eyes downfield. In past years, the recipe for beating the ‘Canes offense was simple. Blitz, blitz, blitz. Virginia will almost certainly try to pressure, betting that his injured ankle will force him to stay in the pocket like a statue. With an effective running game behind him and an improved offensive line in front of him, however, it's clear that a hobbled Wright will have the tools necessary to alleviate pressure from Virginia's front seven.

"There were a few times that I kind of had to move and slide a little bit and that's what's going to happen this weekend. They play with three down linemen, you know if they're not pass rushing you hard then they are trying to spy you and get their arms up at the end, so I'm going to have to move around and find some passing lanes. That's going to be something that I have to deal with and pull through."

"They really get up-field and create a problem for quarterbacks, so I have to move around and find different throwing lanes. "


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