Senior Salute: Shareece Wright

USC cornerback Shareece Wright discusses the ups and downs of his USC career in this exclusive Q&A from the Senior Bowl.

Question: When you look back on your USC career, what memories stand out?

Answer: Winning the Rose Bowl, being a part of a great defense in '07 with Rey (Maualuga) an all those guys and just playing in the Coliseum. It's one of the greatest things to do. As a kid, just watching some people play in the Coliseum and being a part of that.

It was real special. Just knowing you've got the fans support in the stands and you've got people from my hometown there cheering for me is just a very special feeling.

Q: What are some of the lessons that you learned from your coaches and teammates that you will take with you in life?

A: Everything counts. Everything that you do counts and it will affect you some way, some how, and you just always want to do the right thing no matter what it is you're doing.

Q: How would you compare the different coaching styles of Pete Carroll and Lane Kiffin?

Shareece Wright is having a solid week at the Senior Bowl. (Kevin Carden Photo)
A: Coach Carroll was more of a defensive coach and obviously Coach Kiffin is an offensive guy. They pretty much have the same intensity, same things they want to get across, and Coach Kiffin has a younger style about him I should say, a younger style than Coach Carroll.

Q: How tough was it to go through your senior season know that you weren't able to play in a bowl game?

A: It was disappointing. I had high expectations for our team and I feel like we would have been in a bowl, a good bowl game, if that wouldn't have been the case. It was a bum situation.

Q: Which players at USC did you learn the most from during practice?

A: Obviously Ronald Johnson, you know RoJo has been one of those receivers that helped me elevate my game. Just working on the off-season with him, getting better. Taylor Mays, when he was around, he helped me on my game a lot. Kevin Ellison, I got to play with him. He was a great player. Terrell Thomas, before he went on to the draft, he was one of those guys who looked out for me.

Q: Are there any young player that you think are ready to emerge as big-time players at USC?

A: T.J. McDonald for the defense. I feel like he's a stud and he's got great potential, he's got a good work ethic and he has skills to be one of the best safeties in college football.

Q: After going through some of the struggles that you have, how exciting is it to be getting ready for a career in the NFL?

A: It's really exciting. I think about it everyday, just knowing all the things that I've been through and all the adversity I've had to overcome to get to this point, and I feel that some of that stuff it affects me now that I'm in this situation. A lot of questions are being asked about being ineligible and hurting my neck and stuff, but I learn from my mistakes and all I can do is move on from here.

I feel like I'm stronger mentally than I was before all that stuff happened and it helped me grow as a person and I understand how important things are now.

Q: Talk about participating in the Senior Bowl and the opportunity to compete against some of the best players in the country?

A: It's a good experience. Just seeing all these players that you've been watching across the country make plays and be leaders on their team. It's a great feeling to be able to see all these guys and meet them and see the different styles of play and how they play different conferences. It's a good experience.

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