Florida State wide receiver Winston Wright plans to return to the field for the Seminoles in 2023, he announced on Twitter on Tuesday.
Wright, who transferred to Tallahassee from the West Virginia Mountaineers, missed the entire 2022 season after suffering a leg injury in a car crash over spring break — a thankful outcome given the intensity of the accident.
Mood because I’m back for EVERYTHING 2023 pic.twitter.com/xyidwgYqzT— Winston “Champ” Wright Jr. (@showtimejet) November 28, 2022
“We’re thankful with the severity of the accident that he’s still here,” head coach Mike Norvell said at the time. “It was something that was very scary.”
Since then, Wright has worked his way back slowly into physical activity, becoming a light participant at practice over the course of the year.
“He’s getting more and more on the field, getting him into some routes, getting him into the return game,” Norvell said earlier this fall. “It’s going to be a process. Just as he goes, there’s going to be really good days, and there are going to be some days we gotta modify and adjust. I love the young man’s spirit and the work that he’s putting in.”
From his Seminoles.com bio:
Appeared in 33 games with 16 starts in three seasons at West Virginia…caught 129 passes for 1,338 yards and seven touchdowns while also gaining 1,236 yards with two touchdowns on 50 kickoff returns…led Mountaineers with 63 receptions, 688 receiving yards and five touchdowns in 2021…also returned 23 kickoffs for 618 yards and one touchdown…average of 26.9 yards per kickoff return ranked fourth in Big 12 and 19th nationally…ranked sixth in Big 12 with average of 4.8 receptions per game…broke WVU’s single-game record with 217 kickoff return yards, including 98-yarder, vs. Maryland…one of only 11 players nationally with multiple 90-yard kickoff returns in 2021…Academic All-Big 12…earned second-team All-Big 12 honors after making team-high 47 receptions for 553 yards and two touchdowns while adding 425 yards on 20 kickoff returns during his sophomore season…ranked fourth in Big 12 in receptions per game and fifth in receiving yards per game…caught 19 passes for 97 yards and returned seven kickoffs for 193 yards and one touchdown his freshman year…collected nearly 3,000 all-purpose yards in four seasons at Memorial Day…three-time all-state selection…helped lead Blue Thunder to two state championships…also played basketball and ran track at Memorial Day…won state titles in 100- and 200-meter dash his senior year…broke state record in 200 with time of 22.22 seconds.