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October 2, 2013

Practice Interview: Remound Wright

Stanford's redshirt sophomore running back Remound Wright had his best college run in Stanford's lopsided victory over Washington State.

On a second down play early in the fourth quarter, Wright took a handoff from Evan Crower 53 yards for a touchdown. The play marked Wright's second career score.

Cardinal Sports Report caught up with the Indiana native after Stanford's practice on Tuesday to discuss the Washington State game and how Wright handles playing behind a pair of seniors at running back.

Cardinal Sports Report: In the second half against Washington State you get the handoff and go 50-plus yards. What do you see on that play? Take me through that touchdown run.

Remound Wright: On that play the Mike (linebacker) stayed inside, we got the double team up to him and from then on it was just me running in open space, so it felt good.

CSR: When you scored your first career touchdown last year against Colorado it was on a one-yard run. When was the last time you had this type of a run when you're really out in the open field?

RW: Shoot, I was just talking to Ricky Seale today and I was like, 'Man, I hadn't had a run like that since high school.' It felt really good just to be out there running, playing running back.

CSR: You're now in your third year in the program. What are some of the biggest areas in which you've improved?

RW: I think the biggest area I've improved on is definitely pass blocking. I think my coaches trust me now to be in there. I still may not be in there, but I think they do trust me to be in there in pass blocking. Definitely with understanding what a defense is trying to do with reading the shell of the defense, understanding where the pressure is going to come from. I think those are two areas where I really improved since stepping on campus. Because running is running no matter where you're at but those kind of advanced things are what I've really learned.

CSR: This year during fall camp a lot of people were signing your praises. Was there anything that clicked for you prior to the season?

RW: I think just repetition. The third time you do something you have to be better at it than the first two times you did it. I think it's coming in with a certain attitude like, 'I'm going to do my thing out here. I'm not going to worry about anything else.' I'm comfortable with the offense. I know what I'm doing so I can play fast and play hard instead of thinking about things.

CSR: You are in a position where you're behind two senior running backs in Tyler Gaffney and Anthony Wilkerson. Can you describe that dynamic being in a position where you might be ready to play but you have guys that are experienced ahead of you?

RW: I think it's a very interesting situation in the running back room. And it has been since I got here. But this year especially with Stepfan Taylor being gone and just a whole bunch of carries being open and everybody fighting for those carries, sitting behind two senior running backs, it's not fun, I wouldn't say I enjoy it or anything like that, but at the same time I love playing with those guys and I love being in the room with those guys. And I think each and every running back in the room runs a different way and brings different strengths to the table. And I think as a team we're very dangerous. I like to think of us as like a Swiss Army knife, different tools for different purposes. Sitting behind them, it is what it is. I can't do anything to change it. But I'm just going to do what I do when I get a chance.

CSR: When you're running in practice and you see a linebacker coming through, who's the one guy you don't want to see?

RW: Who's the one guy I don't want to see? There's a lot of guys I don't want to see. Anyone from Shayne (Skov) to James Vaughters to (Trent) Murphy to Blake Lueders, I don't want to see any of those guys, honestly. So I do my best to run away from those guys. But in practice the line does a great job. And I swear, camp is harder than any game we play. Going against that front-seven, going against that defense, it just makes it that much easier for us when we get to the regular season and start playing against other teams.

CSR: On the other side, when you're running behind a guard who's pulling, who's the one guard that if you're behind him and he's pulling you feel really good about things?

RW: I love (running) behind (David Yankey), of course. Yank's the man. I love (running) behind (Josh Garnett). I feel like I can hide behind him and people can't see me behind him, so that feels good. But even tackles pulling around, like big Andrus (Peat), Cam Fleming, everyone. All of our linemen are so good that running behind anyone feels great.

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