All Is Not Wright

By Adam Caparell - August 28, 2007

After weeks of speculation, but mostly silence, Randy Shannon has made his decision as to who the starting quarterback will be for the Hurricanes. And the winner, for Week 1 at least, is not Mr. Wright.

Junior Kirby Freeman beat out incumbent Kyle Wright for the job and all Shannon had to say about the race was, "Kirby gives us the best opportunity to win games." Hopefully he'll elaborate on that Wednesday morning when he speaks to the media nationally.

The Hurricanes coach was tight-lipped about the competition throughout camp, forbidding his players to speak about the Freeman and Wright, and had little to say about the race in general after he announced Freeman's good fortune.

Freeman won the competition due in part to Wright battling knee issues this camp. He'll also give the Hurricanes a more athletic option behind center compared to Wright, but Freeman could afford to be more accurate with the ball.

Wright has the big edge in experience, but Freeman started the final four games of the season last year, winning two of them, including the MPC Computers Bowl against Nevada (where he took home MVP honors) after Wright was forced to sit out with a broken thumb.

As for Wright, it's hard to imagine things getting much worse. The senior, once considered the top quarterback in the country out of high school, has been a major disappointment during his time in Coral Gables, to put it lightly. He's just a pedestrian 14-7 as a starter and he's never thrown a touchdown in more than four straight games. His career has been marked by inconsistent play, despite the fact that he sits at No. 3 on Miami's list of career completion percentage leaders. But for Wright, Tuesday's good news is that this isn't a permanent move and you know as soon as Freeman starts struggling Wright can expect to see some snaps.

Freeman or Wright, truth be told neither is the perfect answer for Miami as Quarterback U continues to search for that next great signal caller. Chances are he's not on the Hurricanes roster right now, but Shannon, ready to begin his first full season as Canes coach against Marshall Sept. 1, will just have to make do with the lesser of two evils.

Buckeyes are Boeckman's: In what came as no surprise, Ohio State coach Jim Tressel settled on Todd Boeckman to be the Buckeyes starting quarterback.

Boeckman was the front-runner all along over other candidates Rob Schoenhoft and Antonio Henton, who never were serious contenders to unseat Boeckman.

None of the candidates have significant game experience, but Boeckman's been with the Buckeyes the longest - the biggest reason he was Tressel's choice. But be on the lookout for Schoenhoft who will see some action against Youngstown State Saturday when Ohio State opens up their season at home.

Posted by Adam Caparell at 06:55 PM on August 28, 2007

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