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Clark Lea says Mike Wright will start at quarterback on Saturday

But he’s given an “or” designation on the depth chart.

NCAA Football: SEC Media Days Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports

At his weekly press conference ahead of Saturday’s game against Mississippi State, Vanderbilt head coach Clark Lea said that Mike Wright will start at quarterback with Ken Seals not at 100 percent. And yet, this comment is at war with the depth chart released on Tuesday, which lists Wright or Ken Seals as the starter.

Lea went on to clarify that he’s not officially ruling Seals out of Saturday’s game, but doesn’t want to rush him back from injury — so, Wright it is. Lea would go on to mention that Seals is the starter when he returns to full health.

Seals, who started the first six games of the season, missed last Saturday’s game against South Carolina with a finger injury, leading Wright to take over starting duties. Wright did just fine in his first career start, completing 11 of 21 passes for 206 yards with a touchdown and an interception, along with 15 rushes for 41 yards. For the season, Wright has completed 22 of 44 passes for 301 yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Seals has completed 114 of 206 passes for 1086 yards with five touchdowns and seven interceptions this season.