June 24, 2012

Check Out My Canes: QB Edition

Surprise! Another blog post.

I recently received an order of cards from COMC that was slap full of football cards to add to my Miami Hurricanes alumni collection.  Even more specifically, all of these cards represent quarterbacks who took the field for the Hurricanes during their collegiate career.

In a shameless effort to boost my meager post count, I will feature each QB in his own post.

First up:

Kyle Wright

Cards from left to right:  2008 Topps Mayo #95, 2008 Bowman #246 (RC), 2008 Bowman Chrome #BC65 (RC)

Kyle Wright was the starting quarterback for the Miami Hurricanes for 3 seasons from 2005 through 2007.  Kyle was a highly touted prospect coming out of Monte Vista High School in California in 2003.  He was the top rated pro-style quarterback prospect and won the Gatorade National Player of the Year honors for the class of 2003.  Unfortunately, Kyle's collegiate playing career wouldn't match the high expectations lauded on him coming out of high school. 

In 2005, his first year as a full time starter, Kyle showed that he had a promising future ahead of him by leading the ACC in touchdown passes with 18 despite struggling with turnovers in key games against ranked opponents.

In 2006, Wright regressed and posted paltry numbers compared to those during his first season.  He threw only 8 touchdown passes during the season while amassing only 1,655 passing yards (he had 2,403 yards in 2005).

Wright did not fare much better in his senior season of 2007.  He lost the starting quarterback position before the season to Kirby Freeman.  Freeman struggled mightily in his first 2 games and Wright re-assumed his position as starting quarterback for the remainder of the season.  Even after regaining his starting job Wright continued to struggle, especially with turnovers as he ended the season with 14 interceptions and 12 touchdowns.

Wright finished his Miami career with 5,805 passing yards, with 38 touchdowns and 31 interceptions.  He went undrafted in the 2008 NFL draft but signed as a free agent with the 49er's.  Currently he is free-agent and has yet to play a down in the NFL.

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