Aug 28, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. - Senior Randy Wright was named the starting quarterback for UC Davis' football opener on Saturday at the University of South Dakota, it was announced by head coach Ron Gould on Wednesday.
Wright was tabbed to start after a highly competitive three-way competition during preseason camp with junior London Lacy and Boise State sophomore transfer Jimmy Laughrea. Gould said all three played well during preseason drills and a decision wasn't made until recently.
"The quarterbacks did a phenomenal job of competing and going back and forth," Gould said. "At the end of the day, Randy edged those guys out. We feel very confident that whomever is in the game will do a great job for us."
Wright, a senior from Santa Rosa, is among the Aggies' all-time leaders in passing yards, completions and attempts. His 7,092 yards rank fourth all-time at UC Davis while his 600 completions and 1,046 attempts are both third. He also ranks fourth in total offensive yards (6,817) and is tied for sixth in touchdowns (44).
"I'm just trying to be the best player I can be. Obviously I'm excited," Wright said. "Jimmy and London are both great quarterbacks. We're in good hands in the quarterback position."
Wright was the first Aggie freshman to start at quarterback since 2000 when he opened the the 2010 season at Cal. He went on to earn All-Great West Conference honorable mention accolades in 2010 and has started 32 of 33 career games.
UC Davis and South Dakota will kick off at noon (PDT) on Saturday in Vermillion, S.D. The game is the first for Gould who was named the Aggies' head coach last December.