So he lit it.
On Saturday morning prior to the start of the Trojans' spring game the senior was informed he would be playing with the second team since practicing with the first team most of spring. He was replaced by freshman safety Leon McQuay on the ones.
"It was good to see him be frustrated with that obviously," Kiffin said, "and come out and make plays."
That's what we told him -- if you don't like it, make more plays."
So that's exactly what Wright did.
"I just had to get my mindset going because I had to show these guys I can really play," Wright said after the scrimmage. "When I got on the field at first I was mad but then I thought about it and Coach Kiff always has something under his sleeve."
Wright grabbed two interceptions during the scrimmage, both off redshirt sophomore Max Wittek. His second interception was a tipped pass by cornerback Kevon Seymour and then it was a jump ball between Wright and fellow safety Josh Shaw.
With his mindset right, Wright proved he wanted that interception more than his teammate.
"I thought 'I have to outjump Josh Shaw for this ball right now," Wright recalled laughing. "He said on the sideline he felt me go right by him and jump up." Wright returned the interception 31-yards.
All this from a player who was contemplating surgery during the week.
Wright has a partially torn labrum in his hip. Presented with the option to undergo surgery to repair it or rehab it without surgery, he opted for the latter and says he didn't even feel pain during Saturday's game.
"I came out Tuesday to practice after the doctors told me Monday I should get surgery," he explained. The senior doesn't expect the injury to interfere with the remainder of his football career at USC. "With the rehab I'm doing with the trainers I should be 100%...today I didn't even feel it at all. That's a great sign."