04' Update: WR Jomar Wright

SCPrepNation.com takes a look at how class of 2004 wide receiver Jomar Wright is faring on the collegiate level. The former Byrnes star is doing quite well on the collegiate level despite some adversity. Read more inside.

A few years ago Jomar Wright rewrote the record books as a wide receiver for the Byrnes Rebels as a class of 2004 product. Wright was one of the top playmaking wideouts in the state along with current USC Gamecock standout Sidney Rice and North Carolina Tarheel standout Brooks Foster (all three were named to the Shrine Bowl). Wright's state record of 103 catches in a single season still stands and during that year Wright had 1824 yards and 20 touchdowns. Now the former Palmetto State standout is suiting it up in the Tarheel state for the Duke Blue Devils.

Wright made his presence felt immediately for the Blue Devils as he caught 18 passes for 323 yards and a touchdown his freshman year. After the solid first season for the Blue Devils Wright appeared ready to have a breakout year during his second year in the program. During the fifth game of the year though Wright suffered a torn ACL and was out for the year.

Through hard work and determination though Wright worked and rehabilitated the injury to make it back in time for the start of his junior season. So far in 2006 though Wright's Blue Devils have suffered three losses and two weeks ago saw Wright's best effort go for naught in a heartbreaking 14-13 loss to the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. Jomar caught 5 passes for 103 yards including a touchdown pass of 48 yards. His biggest catch of the day came late in the game on a 21 yard catch to put the Blue Devils in position to win the game with a late field goal attempt. The field goal was blocked by the Demon Deacons as time expired and the Blue Devils moved to 0-2 on the year.

Last week the Blue Devils were dismantled by the Virginia Tech Hokies 36-0. Wright started to gain some chemistry with new starting quarterback Thaddeus Lewis against Wake Forest but a huge hit by the Virginia Tech defense put Lewis out of the game. From there things continued to spiral downhill for the Blue Devils as Wright only managed one catch for five yards against the stingy Hokies defense.

Jomar currently leads the Blue Devils in receptions with 13 on the year for 161 yards. Wright also has the lone touchdown catch on the season for the Blue Devils.

Although the Blue Devils are winless on the year there are some positives for Ted Roof's team in freshman quarterback Thaddeus Lewis who had a strong showing against Wake Forest going 21-32 for 308 yards passing. The emergence of the young Lewis and the reemergence of Wright bodes well for the Blue Devils as they look to help rebuild the football program in Durham. Now the hope is that Lewis will be able to take over under center again to try and help Duke win their first game of the season soon.

Interesting Facts -Former Byrnes DB John Talley is also a Blue Devil standout garnering preseason first team All-America nominations in a few publications. Talley snagged his 12th career interception against Virginia Tech.

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