November 15, 2007

Insider: The Wright time

The feeling took root in spring practice and continued to build through the summer -- a successful pre-snap read here, a contained receiver there.

"I just wasn't a freshman anymore," sophomore cornerback Shareece Wright said. "Everything wasn't new to me. So, my confidence grew. I could feel myself getting better and getting smarter."

Wright started opposite Terrell Thomas during the spring, when Cary Harris missed time after finger surgery. When Harris sprained a shoulder in USC's third game this season, against Washington State, Wright found himself in the same spot.

However, the sophomore pulled a hamstring in his first career start -- at Washington -- and did not return at full strength until five weeks later, against Oregon State. Wright promptly entered a rotation, with Thomas and Harris, made four tackles and broke up two passes.

"He's gotten a lot more confident; he understands the defense," Thomas said. "He's still not there yet. I think next year he'll be there. He'll feel comfortable with stuff."

At Cal, Wright had two tackles but was beaten by DeSean Jackson for a 41-yard reception late in the first half.

The sophomore said his current task is to find consistency, which builds the more he plays. Wright sees the field less than Harris and Thomas, the starters, but secondary coach Rocky Seto has made a point of sticking with the hot hand.

"Honestly, I'm happy to be in the game, getting a lot of playing time as a sophomore," Wright said. "I know my time will come when I will be the starting corner."

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