Thursday, October 06, 2005

Should Dwayne Wright Play This Year?

Fresno State's leading rusher from 2003 is still recovering from his knee injury suffered last year. It remains to be seen if he comes back this year or seeks a medical hardship. If granted a hardship by the NCAA, Wright will have two years of eligibility left after this year.

"By the end of October I'd like to see him get into some live drills. I'm certainly not counting on him for this game[New Mexico State]," head coach Pat Hill says.

"He has not taken a hit since the Kansas State game last year. He is making improvement and is a really key guy for our football team. Whether or not he plays this year is up to him."

Wright is arguably Fresno State's best running back, but is he needed, even after the loss of Clifton Smith? Bryson Sumlin and Wendell Mathis are two of the better backs on the West Coast, and Matt Rivera looks to have a productive senior year after the loss of Smith.

If Wright does sit this year, then Fresno State will enter 2006 with a projected starting back who has not had live contact in almost two years. While the top backup, Smith, will be coming off a season ending knee injury.

Fresno State does have some promising young backs. Sophomore Shannon Dorsey has been battling injuries his entire Bulldog career, but when healthy he shows much promise. Redshirt freshman walk on Kreig Peters reminds me of former Fresno State fb/tb Jaime Kimbrough, but he is still raw and unproven.

Does Hill go the JC route next year to secure a durable tailback? Maybe Clovis East senior all-state running back Tracy Slocum becomes a Bulldog next year. Fresno State is on his list, but Cal and UCLA are his favorites according to

Fresno State has also extended an offer to running back Eric Jordan of Las Vegas HS, and are also looking at rbs Devon Brown of Torrance's South HS and Demetrius Sumler of San Diego HS among others.

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