Former Reagan running back Marcus Wright, who set the San Antonio area’s single-season rushing record in 2007, said Wednesday he would consider playing at UTSA if he decided to use his final year of eligibility after graduating from Georgia Tech next May.
Slowed by an ankle injury he sustained before the start of preseason workouts, Wright decided to sit out Georgia Tech’s current season after playing for the Yellow Jackets in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
He rushed for 265 yards and three touchdowns in his three seasons as an A-back in Tech’s option offense.
A 2008 Reagan graduate, Wright rushed for 3,374 yards and 45 touchdowns as a senior. He helped lead the Rattlers to the state quarterfinals in his junior and senior seasons, gaining 2,185 yards and 31 TDs in eight playoff games.
Wright, a Parade All-American and U.S. Army All-American as a senior, initially committed to Tulsa before changing his mind and signing with Georgia Tech in February 2008.
UTSA added football to its athletic program in 2009 and played its first season this year, finishing 4-6.
“UTSA would be a place to consider if I play another season, but I don’t really know yet,” Wright said. “I’m not really sure. San Antonio is already a pretty big town and I think people like their football there. It really depends on other things I have to factor in.”
Wright, a business major, acknowledged that it would be “pretty fun” to end his college career at UTSA.
“I definitely know a lot of people in San Antonio,” said Wright, whose parents still live in San Antonio.
Asked if he could put a percentage on the chances of him playing at UTSA, Wright said, “I couldn’t, really.”
UTSA can’t comment on Wright
Wright said he probably will make a decision on whether to play another season “by the end of this semester or next semester.”
UTSA is prohibited by NCAA rules from commenting on Wright because he’s still on scholarship at Georgia Tech. But suffice it to say that the Roadrunners probably would sign Wright to a scholarship, even if he could play for only one season.
Wright is only 5-foot-7 and 170 pounds, but he would be a welcome addition to UTSA’s offense with his experience, speed and running skills. He played in 24 games at Tech, starting one, and also was one of the Yellow Jackets’ best kick returners.
Wright played in only three games last year before injuring a hip in a moped accident that sidelined him for the rest of the season. He got hurt a week after starting against Kansas on Sept. 11.
Although Wright is still on scholarship at Tech, he is not on the team roster and does not participate in team activities, Dean Buchan, an assistant athletic director for media relations at Tech, said in an email.
“The bottom line is that he has one year of eligibility remaining at a non-FBS school in 2012,” Buchan said. “If he transfers, he will need to get a release from Tech and he will receive that.”
Buchan said Tech head coach Paul Johnson told Wright he would help him play at another school if he wanted to continue his career next year.
“I guess everything worked out for the best,” Wright said. “I’ve missed playing. You always miss it when it’s gone.”
Wright’s single-season record in jeopardy
Wright rushed for 7,009 yards in three varsity seasons at Reagan. He was named Associated Press Class 5A Offensive Player of the Year as a senior.
Wright would be among a handful of seniors on next year’s UTSA squad if he decides to play with the Roadrunners, who competed in the NCAA’s Football Championship Subdivision, formerly Division I-AA, this season.
UTSA will move into the Western Athletic Conference next year. WAC schools compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision, formerly Division I-A, but UTSA won’t count as an FBS opponent until 2013.
The Roadrunners will be full-fledged members of the FBS and eligible for a bowl in 2014.
Wright said he has fond memories of his playing days at Reagan, where he was coached by David Wetzel.
“There are two things about Coach Wetzel that stand out,” Wright said. “First, he knows how to get his athletes to play football. Secondly, Coach Wetzel is a pretty good guy. He’s an honest and genuine guy.”
Devine senior running back Joseph Sadler, who has rushed for 3,286 yards this season, needs 89 yards to break Wright’s area single-season record. Sadler is averaging 10.57 yards a carry and has scored 50 TDs.
The Warhorses play Wharton in the third round of the 3A Division II playoffs Saturday night in Sinton.