"He's doing well, but there's always room for improvement. (Defensive line coach Bill) Kirelawich cusses at him at a very, very, very high rate for a reason."
When Wright returned to the program and regained his starting role, the veteran line coach said the Miami native had "the power, he's got great hands, I think he's got somewhat of a natural feel of the position. He doesn't run great, but he runs well enough. He's a physical guy and I think he enjoys the ebb and flow of what goes on in there."
Wright's role in the Orange Bowl against the No. 14 Tigers figures to be significant. He often has to fight double-teams and part of that will include Dalton Freeman, Clemson's star center and Rimington Trophy finalist.
Other than that, Wright's worry this week back at home has been trying to add to the six tickets each player gets to a bowl game.
"Whoo," Wright said, smiling, when asked how many tickets he needed. "My six, plus about another 6 at least. I'm trying to secure some more. I could use 25-30, if I could get them.
"All of the guys from here are trying to get them. We trade among ourselves, and if a game comes up next season that's close to a guy's home, you trade back. That's how it works."
Wright said the late-season improvement in the Mountaineer defense "was mostly about a unit that had replaced seven 2010 starters "figuring out what was what."
"I think it was just a matter of jelling," Wright said, "learning how to play as one unit, not everybody running around trying to do their own thing. It was about learning how to play within the framework of the defense."
Wright, who has 37 tackles and 11/2 sacks, isn't in a position where those hits are crucial. A good play for him, he said, is "a tackle for loss, tackle at the line, or making sure (opposing linemen) stay off the mike (middle) linebacker."
A good game for Wright is the next one.
"I can't wait to get onto that field," he said. "I was there a couple times, going to games as a kid, Dolphins games, it's going to be great to be on that field finally.
"I've always wanted to play there, in that stadium. The only way to play in that stadium (as a Miami high schooler) is to go for a state championship or go to playoffs. I never had that opportunity, to get down there.
"It's going to be great."