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Kyle Wright

position

Quarterback

Height

6-4

Weight

220 lbs.

Class

Sophomore

Hometown

Danville, Calif.

High School

Monte Vista HS

CAREER: Highly regarded quarterback who can still be one of the great passers at Miami, but is competing with Kirby Freeman for the starting job in 2007…The nation’s most highly recruited quarterback coming out of high school in 2003 had a very good season in 2005, his first as a starter…Has a record of 14-7 as a starter…Was selected as the quarterback on the preseason All-ACC teams for 2006 but suffered through a subpar 2006 season playing with a new offensive line and young receivers…In 2005, was the ACC’s No. 2 quarterback for passing efficiency and led the conference in touchdown passes…Has career totals of 21 starts in 23 games…Has completed 337 of 566 passes for 4,058 yards, 26 touchdowns and 17 interceptions…His 59.5 completion percentage ranks third on the school’s all-time list…Enrolled at UM in spring 2003 after graduating early from high school…Impressed the coaching staff with his play on the scout team in 2003 and competed for the starting job in spring 2004…Was the No. 3 quarterback in 2004, but missed much of the second half of the season with a sprained ankle…A pocket passer with a strong arm and a quick release…Physical player who is also deceptively effective as a scrambler…Displays strong leadership qualities…Graduated in December 2006 with a degree in sports administration.

 

2006 (JUNIOR): Team’s starting quarterback was sidelined for the final four games with a broken thumb…Had a record of 5-4 as the starter, opening the first nine games…Completed 152 of 250 passes (60.8 percent) for 1,655 yards, eight touchdowns and seven interceptions…Also rushed 49 times for minus-21 yards…Ranked sixth in the ACC in passing efficiency, seventh in passing and seventh in total offense…Voted by his teammates as a team captain for the season…In the season opener vs. Florida State, completed 18 of 28 passes for 132 yards, no touchdowns and one interception. Was sacked three times and rushed eight times for minus-20 yards. Had a string of eight-straight completions in the second quarter…Quarterbacked only five series against Florida A&M, leading the team to touchdowns on all five drives. Completed 13 of 18 passes (72.2 percent) for 166 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. Was not sacked and rushed one time for three yards. Connected with freshman Javarris James on a 21-yard score for his first TD pass of the season…Completed 20 of 34 passes (58.8 percent) for 278 yards, no touchdowns and no interception at Louisville. Was sacked four times and rushed seven times for minus-15 yards…Completed 16 of 27 passes (59.2 percent) for 190 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions vs. Houston. Was not sacked and ran six times for 24 yards…Completed 13 of 21 passes (61.9 percent) for 143 yards, with no touchdowns and no interceptions vs. North Carolina. Was sacked once and rushed five times for 23 yards…Led the team to a 35-0 victory over FIU when he completed 14 of 22 passes for 117 yards and three touchdowns, with no interceptions. Was sacked two times and had rushing totals of four carries for one yard. Hooked up on scoring passes of 11 yards to Lance Leggett, five yards to James Bryant and one yard to Chris Zellner. His season-high three TD passes surpassed his season total of two heading into the game…At Duke, completed 24 of 41 passes, both career highs, for 299 yards, the second-highest total of his career. Threw TD passes of 18 and 26 yards to Sam Shields. Was sacked one time and tied for the team lead with 25 yards rushing on four attempts…Started his 20th consecutive game at Georgia Tech and completed 20 of 31 passes for 246 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Was sacked six times and rushed nine times for minus-47 yards…Played most of the game Virginia Tech game with a broken thumb suffered on the first series. Completed 14 of 29 passes for only 84 yards, with no touchdowns and two interceptions. Also rushed five times for minus-six yards and was sacked two times…Underwent surgery on Nov. 13 and missed the final four games.

 

2005 (SOPHOMORE): Honorable mention All-ACC selection…Started all 12 games…Completed 180 of 307 passes (58.6 percent) for 2,403 yards, with 18 touchdowns and only 10 interceptions…Led the ACC with 18 touchdowns passes, ranked fifth in passing yards per game, eighth in total offense and second in passing efficiency…Ranked 33rd in the NCAA in passing (137.22 efficiency)…Threw for 200 or more yards in six of 12 games…Also rushed for minus-101 yards on 64 attempts…One of six offensive players who started every game…Made his first collegiate start in the season opener at Florida State and completed 16 of 28 passes (57.1 percent) for 232 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Was sacked a school-record nine times and had rushing totals of 13 for minus-36 yards…Led the team to a 36-30 victory in three overtimes at Clemson. Completed 16 of 26 passes (61.5 percent) for 152 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. Was sacked five times, with rushing totals of six for minus-33 yards. Threw an eight-yard TD pass to Quadtrine Hill in the third quarter. Led the team to scores in all three overtime periods, with two touchdowns and one field goal…Led the team to 23-3 victory over Colorado in the home opener. Completed 20 of 39 passes (51.2 percent) for 264 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. Threw a 53-yard TD pass to Sinorice Moss. Rushed four times for six yards, including a two-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter for his first collegiate score…Quarterbacked UM to a 27-7 win over South Florida, completing 13 of 26 passes for 173 yards and one interception. Marked his first game as a starter without a TD pass. Was sacked three times and ended up with rushing totals of eight attempts for minus-two yards…Led UM to a 52-7 victory over Duke, completing 18 of 31 passes (58.1 percent) for 255 yards, with three touchdowns (all in the first half) and no interceptions. Hooked up on TD passes of 29 yards to Lance Leggett, 18 yards to Greg Olsen and 26 yards to Sinorice Moss. Left the game in the third quarter. Rushed two times for six yards…Guided the team to a 34-3 win at Temple, leaving the game late in the second quarter with a 34-0 lead. Completed 9 of 10 passes for 196 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. Threw TD passes of 92 yards to Sinorice Moss, 21 and 8 yards to Greg Olsen, and 20 yards to Ryan Moore. The 92-yarder is the second-longest in school history (record: 99 yards from Gino Torretta to Horace Copeland in 1992). Had rushing totals of four attempts for minus-23 yards. Suffered an injury to his right thumb on the second of two sacks when the backup offensive line was in the game…Played into the fourth quarter of a 34-16 win over North Carolina, hitting on 11 of 16 passes (68.8 percent) for 111 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions (all in the first half). Was sacked one time and finished with four rushes for 18 yards…Led Miami to a 27-7 upset victory over then-No. 3 ranked Virginia Tech on national TV. Completed 13 of 22 passes (59.1 percent) for 146 yards, one touchdown, one interception and one sack. Left the game in the second quarter after being hit late, but returned in the third quarter. Threw a nine-yard TD pass to Darnell Jenkins…Had a career game a week later at Wake Forest, throwing for 319 yards and five touchdown passes. Completed 17 of 27 passes (63.0 percent) and was not intercepted. His five TD passes tied the school record held by Bernie Kosar (1984), Steve Walsh (1988), Ken Dorsey (2000) and Brock Berlin (2004), and his 319 yards passing was a personal best. Also rushed two times for minus-eight yards. Earned ACC Offensive Back of the Week honors…Completed 14 of 31 passes (45.2 percent) for 207 yards, one touchdown and one interception vs. Georgia Tech. Was sacked seven times and ended up with eight rushes for minus-35 yards. Connected with Sinorice Moss on a 19-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter to put UM up 10-7. Threw an interception at the three-yard line after driving the team 62 yards in the final two minutes of a comeback attempt…Hit on 23 of 30 passes for a season-best 76.7 completion percentage vs. Virginia. Threw for 248 yards and one touchdown, with no interceptions and was sacked just one time. Rushed five times for 31 yards, including a 31-yard scramble for his longest run of the year (he was tackled a foot short of the goal line)…In the Peach Bowl loss to Louisiana State, completed 10 of 21 passes for 100 yards. Was sacked four times and rushed seven times for minus-20 yards.

 

2004 (FRESHMAN): Team’s No. 3 quarterback most of the season…Saw backup duty in two games, completing 5 of 9 passes for 30 yards…Saw his first action as a Hurricane in the second game vs. Louisiana Tech, playing in two series while alternating in the second half with Derrick Crudup. For the game, completed one of three passes for six yards. Was sacked two times and ran twice for eight yards…Played again two weeks later at Georgia Tech, seeing his most action of the season. Played two series in the first and second quarters vs. the Yellow Jackets’ starters, and most of the fourth quarter. Completed four of six passes for 24 yards. Also rushed one time for no yards and was sacked four times…Suffered a sprained left ankle in practice on October 20 and missed the next five games, then suffered an allergic reaction to a bee sting in December and missed more practice time…Did not play the remainder of the season.

 

2003 (REDSHIRT): Sat out the season as a redshirt…Showed exceptional potential as the scout team quarterback…Was named the scout team’s Most Valuable Player twice.

 

HIGH SCHOOL: Widely regarded as the nation’s top high school quarterback…Described by his coach as “a once in a lifetime type of player”…Led his school to two consecutive North Coast Section 3A East Bay championships…As a senior in 2002, passed for 2,825 yards and 37 touchdowns while completing 61 percent (167 of 282) of his passes, with only four interceptions…Rushed for 313 yards and five touchdowns…As a junior in 2001, completed 183 of 302 (60.6 percent) for 3,100 yards and 29 touchdowns with six interceptions and rushed for eight touchdowns…Named the 2002-03 Gatorade National High School Football Player of the Year (recognizing athletic achievement, overall character and academic achievement)…A Parade All-American…A second-team selection on the USA Today All-America team…SuperPrep National Player of the Year…Rated the nation’s No. 1 player and the No. 1 quarterback on Allen Wallace’s SuperPrep Elite 50…The No. 1 player in the Far West by Allen Wallace’s SuperPrep…The No. 2 player in the nation and the No. 2 quarterback by Tom Lemming’s Prep Football Report…The nation’s No. 3 player on The Insiders.com Top 100…First-team selection on The Insiders.com All-America team…The nation’s No. 5 player on the Rivals100 National Top 100…Member of the Palm Beach Post National Top 50…A two-time All-League, All-Area and All-Bay Area selection…Chose Miami over Southern California and Texas…Maintained a 3.1 grade-point average…Graduated high school in December 2002…Developed a program for fourth grade students called “Wright Step” (Stop, Think, Evaluate and Put into action) to help teach children how to make smart life decisions…Coached by Craig Bergman.

 

 

KYLE WRIGHT’S CAREER STATISTICS

 

PASSING RUSHING
Year GP/GS Att-Com-Int Pct. Yards TD LG Att Yards Avg. TD LG
2003 Did not play – Redshirt season
2004 2/0 9-5-0 55.6 30 0 23 7 -43 -6.1 0 0
2005 12/12 307-180-10 58.6 2403 18 92 64 -101 -1.6 1 31
2006 9/9 250-152-7 60.8 1655 8 51 49 -21 -0.4 0 14
Totals 23/21 566-337-17 59.5 4058 26 92 120 -165 1.4 1 31

KYLE WRIGHT’S CAREER HIGHS
Attempts 41 (at Duke 2006)
Completions 24 (at Duke 2006)
Yards Passing 319 (at Wake Forest 2005)
Touchdown Passes 5 (at Wake Forest 2005)
Interceptions 3 (vs. North Carolina 2005)
Rushes 13 (at Florida State 2005)
Rushing Yards 31 (vs. Virginia 2005)
Long Rush 31 (vs. Virginia 2005)

 

KYLE WRIGHT’S 2005 GAME-BY-GAME STATISTICS

Opponent Att-Com-Int Pct. Yards TD Long
at Florida State 28-16-2 57.1 232 1 34
at Clemson 26-16-0 61.5 152 1 40
Colorado 39-20-0 51.3 264 1 53
South Florida 26-13-1 50.0 173 0 57
Duke 31-18-2 58.1 255 3 29
at Temple 10-9-0 90.0 196 4 92
North Carolina 16-11-3 68.8 111 0 15
at Virginia Tech 22-13-1 59.1 146 1 20
at Wake Forest 27-17-0 63.0 319 5 76
Georgia Tech 31-14-1 45.2 207 1 37
Virginia 30-23-0 76.7 248 1 30
Louisiana State (Peach Bowl) 21-10-1 47.6 100 0 24
Totals 307-180-10 58.6 2403 18 92

 

KYLE WRIGHT’S 2006 GAME-BY-GAME STATISTICS

Opponent Att-Com-Int Pct. Yards TD Long
Florida State 27-18-1 66.7 132 0 27
Florida A&M 18-13-0 72.2 166 1 24
at Louisville 34-20-0 58.8 278 0 51
Houston 27-16-2 59.2 190 1 45
North Carolina 21-13-0 61.9 143 0 26
FIU 22-14-0 63.6 117 3 19
at Duke 41-24-1 58.5 299 2 46
at Georgia Tech 31-20-1 64.5 246 1 41
Virginia Tech 29-14-2 48.3 84 0 16
at Maryland Did not play (broken thumb)
at Virginia Did not play (broken thumb)
Boston College Did not play (broken thumb)
Nevada (bowl game) Did not play (broken thumb)
Totals 250-152-7 60.8 1,655 8 51