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#33 Scooby Wright III
Position: Linebacker
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 246
Year: Junior
Hometown: Windsor, Calif.
High School: Cardinal Newman HS
Experience: 2 Letters
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2014: Turned in one of the most prolific defensive seasons in NCAA history … Based on a vote of NCAA head coaches, media and college athletics personnel, won the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, the Rotary Lombardi Award and the Chuck Bednarik Award, all given annually to the nation’s top defender … The Pat Tillman Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, ranked in the top five among FBS players for total tackles (163), tackles for loss (29.0), sacks (14.0) and forced fumbles (6) … UA’s sixth unanimous All-American … All-Pac-12 First-Team and three-time Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week … SB Nation,CBSSports.com and Scout.com National Defensive Player of the Year … Walter Camp Player of the Year Finalist … Career game-high 19 tackles at UCLA, 5.0 TFL vs. ASU and three forced fumbles at Washington State.

2013: Played in all 13 games and started 12 at sam linebacker … Named Freshman All-America by 247sports.com and second-team Freshman All-America by Athlon Sports … Earned All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention honors … Collected 83 tackles to rank No. 3 among the Wildcats and No. 2 among Pac-12 freshmen … 9.5 tackles for a loss of 29 yards … Totaled 11 tackles for a then-career high in the victory at California … In arguably the most exciting play of the season, Wright grabbed a Marcus Mariota intercepted pass off the hands of fellow Wildcat Shaq Richardson as he dove out of bounds to keep the ball in play … UA went on to defeat No. 5 Oregon, 42-16.

High School: 2012 South Bay BMW West Coast Bowl … North Bay All-League Co-MVP … First-team all-state as a senior and second-team as a junior … MaxPreps Div. III First-Team All-State … Cal State All-Star Game selection … PrepStar All-West Region … All-Redwood Empire Defensive Player of the Year.

Personal: Son of Philip and Annette Wright … Father is head softball coach at Santa Rosa Junior College and played football at Long Beach State ... Sister, Ashley, played softball at Illinois … Given name is Philip … Majoring in economy and industry.

Career Stats                
Year G/GS UA-A Total TFL-Yds Sacks-Yds INT-Yds PBU FF
2014 14/14 99-64 163 29.0-96 14.0-71 0-0 0 6
2013 13/12 43-40 83 9.5-29 0.5-0 1-13 1 0
Total 27/26 142-104 246 38.5-125 14.5-71 1-13 1 6