Mike Wright records top speed in college football during Week 0
There were an abundance of storylines to follow along with during Week Zero of the college football season and Vanderbilt’s 63-10 rout of Hawaii was one of them.
New Commodores starting quarterback Mike Wright was among the standouts in the huge victory, completing 13-of-21 passing attempts for 146 yards with two touchdowns on an interception-free day. He also finished the game as the team’s leading rusher with 13 carries for 163 yards with two touchdowns on the ground.
One of his most impressive plays was this 21.8 mph run to the end-zone, which ranks among the best even in comparison to some of the NFL’s best players.
.@VandyFootball QB Michael Wright (@mike5wright) recorded college football’s fastest max speed in week 0. Wright hit 21.8 mph, tying Derrik Henry’s mark for 6th fastest in the NFL last season. #AnchorDown pic.twitter.com/2q8HVq7MfE
— Recruiting Analytics (@RAanalytics) August 30, 2022
Vanderbilt head coach Clark Lea spoke to just how much that mobility was an advantage when I asked him about the elements of Wright’s game at SEC Media Days.
“It’s all about moving the ball. One way to do that is with a mobile quarterback. Mike Wright is one of the best in the country in that respect,” Lea told me. “We want him to develop as a total quarterback, which he has. He’s demonstrated leadership abilities, too. We’re excited for him to enter the fall as our starting quarterback. He knows that he has to earn that every day. That’s part of our covenant.”