Wright returns as Miami's starting quarterback

Sep 11, 2007 - 10:07 PM CORAL GABLES, Florida (Ticker) -- Kyle Wright is back in as Miami's starting quarterback.

Wright, who lost his job during preseason practice, will start Saturday's game against Florida International, Hurricanes coach Randy Shannon said Tuesday.

"It won't be a round-robin deal," Shannon told the Miami Herald. "I'll tell you (media) guys that. It will be Kyle Wright. We just want to do things to help us win games."

A senior, Wright was Miami's starting quarterback last season until breaking his thumb against Virginia Tech on November 4.

Kirby Freeman started Miami's final four games and won the job this year, but struggled in the Hurricanes' first two games and was benched briefly in the second quarter of last week's 51-13 loss to Oklahoma.

Miami ranks 118th out of 119 teams in passing in the Football Bowl Subdivision, averaging only 84 yards per game. Only Navy is worse.

"Don't think we are putting Kirby down," said Shannon, who rotated his quarterbacks in last week's loss at Oklahoma. "The first two games, he started and he did some things, but we need more."

After completing 9-of-21 passes for 81 yards in Miami's 31-3 season-opening victory over Marshall, Freeman was just 3-of-9 for 17 yards against the Sooners.

Wright replaced Freeman midway through the second quarter and completed 7-of-14 passes for 65 yards, including a six-yard touchdown pass.

But in the third quarter, Shannon went back to Freeman, who finished the game.






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