April 6, 2007

The Wright of Spring

On paper, USC's secondary is stacked with talent and experience.

However, heading into the Trojans' annual spring game, walk-ons and underclassmen will litter the field. True sophomore Shareece Wright has used the Trojans wavering health in the defensive backfield as an opportunity to shine with extra reps.

At Saturday's Trojan Huddle, Wright will walk out of the Coliseum tunnel as a starting cornerback.

"It's challenging and I am trying to play prepared," said Wright. "I'm not a freshman anymore, so I can't make freshman mistakes. The main thing is knowing that they're now depending on me to make big plays."

For Wright, 5-foot-11, 180-pounds, big plays come with a belief in superior coaching. Coming from a high school league where passing was taboo, the former four-star corner was met in college with a steep learning curve.

"I'm more confident now," said Wright. "I believe more in what we learn in meetings. I feel more confident and more comfortable with being coached.

"I'm just playing ball now. As a freshman, I'd start thinking too much about what to do. Now I just go out and do it because of my confidence."

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