Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
#33 Scooby Wright III
Position: Linebacker
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 246
Year: Junior
Hometown: Windsor, Calif.
High School: Cardinal Newman HS
Experience: 2 Letters
Wright III Photos

Career Highlights: A three-year letterwinner ... Became Arizona’s sixth unanimous All-American with a stellar sophomore season in 2014 that earned him numerous national player of the year awards, including the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, the Rotary Lombardi Award and the Chuck Bednarik Award … Finished three-year playing career with 269 total tackles, 42.0 tackles for loss and 16.5 sacks … Tied for the school single-season record with 29.0 tackles for loss in 2014, while the 14.0 sacks that season were third-most.

Played and started in only three games due to injuries … Recorded one tackle before being injured in first half of season opener against UTSA … Returned for Pac-12 opener to record seven tackles against UCLA … Missed remainder of season until returning for bowl game … Earned Gildan New Mexico Bowl Defensive MVP honors for game-high 15 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks … Listed to nearly every preseason All-America team in addition to watch lists for the Bednarik, Nagurski, Butkus, Lombardi and Walter Camp Player of the Year awards.

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, and 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 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
2015 3/3 16-7 23 3.5-14 2.0-12 0-0 0 0
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 30/29 158-111 269 42.0-139 16.5-83 1-13 1 6