The short Miami career of safety Cedrick Wright is over.
According to a press release UM distributed Monday, Wright is “no longer a member of the football program.”
Coach Mark Richt was quoted in the release as saying he “talked to Cedrick and we both felt it was in his best interests to get a fresh start somewhere else. We wish him all the best in his future plans.”
Wright, a Homestead native who played his high school ball down the street from UM at Miami-Gulliver Prep, was a three-star recruit. He played nine games as a true freshman in 2016, mostly on special teams. He made six tackles.
He was suspended for two games last year.
UM left him home for its Nov. 19 game against North Carolina State for an unspecified violation of team rules. Richt also opted to suspend him, along with six other players, for the Dec. 28 Russell Athletic Bowl. The reason given was that those players “did not meet the standards of the program.”
Richt said at the time the suspensions were for that game only, and that he was “sending a message to guys just saying, ‘Tighten up. Do things right.’ A lot of it is little things. It’s a message to them and to the other guys that we’re going to do things right around here.”
Further explaining his decision during bowl week, Richt said:
“I’ve been coaching long enough to know that, any given morning, anything can happen and probably will. You’re dealing with 100 or so 18-to-22-year old guys. Their frontal lobes aren’t fully developed at this point. They tend to do first and think later. I’ve had a lot of very remorseful guys in my office that are great guys who do stupid things. I did my share of stupid things when I was a player too.”
Wright was also present with former four-star UM signee Sam Bruce when Bruce was arrested for marijuana possession in October. Neither Wright nor freshman tight end Jovani Haskins, who was also present, were arrested. That incident occurred about a month after Bruce was kicked off the team.
Wright was not expected to win a starting job this year, with junior Jaquan Johnson, sophomore Romeo Finley and early-enrollee freshman Amari Carter three of the top candidates to replace graduated starters Rayshawn Jenkins and Jamal Carter. Sophomore Robert Knowles has shown flashes of playmaking ability in scrimmages, and has been praised by coaches.
It became clearer Wright (and 2016 redshirt Jeff James) weren’t primed for starring roles recently when defensive coordinator Manny Diaz said he planned to give his cornerbacks, including juniors Michael Jackson and Sheldrick Redwine, a try at safety to increase depth there.