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Courtney says character, versatility will help Wright as Kentucky State player

If character and versatility are key ingredients for success, Michael Wright could have a productive football career at Kentucky State University.

That’s what Eddie Courtney, Farragut High School football head coach, thinks about the Admirals’ three-time All-Region 2-5A runningback, receiver and defensive back.

“He’s a tremendous young man, character-wise,” Courtney said. “He’s always done the right things, on and off the field and the classroom ... and each year I think he’s accomplished his goals.”

Wright signed National Letter of Intent papers with the Frankfort school during a signing ceremony Wednesday, Feb. 16, in the FHS Commons.

“I don’t remember a day the four years we’ve had him in the program that he’s missed a day of practice,” Courtney said. “He’s always been a team player first ... he’s made a thousand yards (rushing) twice since he’s been here, but this year we needed him some other places. He went to receiver and defensive back. So I know that wherever he fits in up there position-wise, he’ll be successful.

“He’s really had a great career here, we’re going to miss him.”

While Wright’s versatility helped the Ads compile the program’s best record in almost a decade — 9-3 in 2004 — his success spans three FHS seasons and featured 2,504 rushing yards on 501 attempts and 25 touchdowns.

All-region as a sophomore who was also chosen state player of the week and All-state honorable mention in 2002, Wright was again All-region and All-state honorable mention as a junior in 2003.

Kentucky State, an NCAA Division II member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, finished 7-4 overall, 5-3 in the SIAC, last season.

“Their head coach, coach (Cornell) Burbage, he’s a real good coach,” Wright said about his decision. “I just like the way his style of coaching is.”

Wright said he made his decision after two visits to KSU in early February. “They told me they wanted me to play my freshman year,” the 18-year-old said. “I talked to the runningbacks coach, and he wants me out there to play.”

Saying he also talked to coaches at the University of Kentucky, “they said they wanted me to be an invited walk-on,” Wright said. “But Kentucky State offered me a full ride.” Wright said Montana State also offered him “a full ride,” but “it was kinda far away.”

Versatility is a quality Wright said he and the KSU coaches think will help him find playing time in Frankfort. “Like a utility back, I can play any position,” the 5-foot-10, 190-pound senior said. “They run a spread offense, and he (Burbage) said I’m versatile, that’s what he basically liked about me, and my footwork was good.”

As for speed, Wright said he recently ran a 4.5 second 40-yard dash.


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