Wright, Garrison play for others, not themselves: Individual recognition not important 
Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor

Oct. 18, 2005 - When Chris Person rushed for a school-record 306 yards on Friday, one of the Sulphur Springs Wildcats called it "the best night of my life" - and it wasn't Person.

That description was uttered by senior offensive guard Torrence Wright, one of the five offensive linemen who helped pave the way for Person's productive total. Wright and senior Lucas Garrison are the two starting guards for the Wildcats.

"Whenever the backs and receivers do good, the O-line takes pride in that," Wright said. "When I heard how many yards he had, it was the best night of my life. I messed up at times, but when the fourth quarter was over and they told me how many yards he had, I couldn't have been any happier."

Wright (6-2, 280), the younger brother of record-setting receiver Rolaundo Wright who graduated last spring and is now playing for Arkansas Tech, doesn't get the headlines that his older brother received, but SSHS head coach Brad Turner said Torrence will also be playing in college next year.

"Physically, he's grown and matured. He's worked really hard, and he takes a lot of ownership in being a good offensive lineman. He's one who will be playing on Saturdays because it's important to him and he wants to do that," Turner said.

"He's a good student, by the way. Torrence will be a college player because it's important to him."

The importance he puts on being successful was proven last spring and summer with his off-season work.

"I knew my senior year was all I had left, so I did everything 110 percent," Wright said. "I got faster, stronger and bigger. Whatever I had to do to get the job done, I did it."

Wright's academic excellence is illustrated by the fact that he's been getting recruitment letters from Austin College has has been proffered an academic scholarship by North Texas.

Turner said Wright will excel wherever he ends up because of his attitude.

"I'll never forget that he made a comment before the first game against Jacksonville," Turner commented. "He said, 'Coach, I've been waiting for this all my whole life.' It's important to him to be a varsity starter. I wish more kids had that outlook."

Garrison had a different journey to his starting position. Because it was necessary for him to work - he has a job at Tire Town - he was a week late reporting for the August workouts, but stayed late after practice to make up for what he missed.

He contemplated not finishing his senior year, but decided that being a part of the football team was too important. If not for football, he would probably not be in school, he said.

"My family's not real close, so the players are like a family to me," Garrison said. "They are the ones who keep me headed in the right direction. Like Torrence - he's always on my case about one thing or another.

"I kind of looked at it like I could drop out of school and get my GED or I could come to school and finish football. The thing about football is that I've been with these guys since seventh grade, and I wanted to finish my senior year with them."

At 6-4, 350 pounds, he is the largest Wildcat on the roster, and he uses his size and strength to his advantage. He's best at moving people out of the way.

"Honestly, I'm just big and strong. About the only thing I know how to do is just move people," he said.

When he is able, Garrison likes to hunt and fish, and he said he will likely go to college or a trade school.

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