Scooby Wright declares for NFL draft

Dec 19, 2015, 4:10 PM | Updated: Dec 21, 2015, 12:33 pm
Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright III thanks the support of the crowd while receiving the Defensive ...

Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright III thanks the support of the crowd while receiving the Defensive Player of the Game award after the New Mexico Bowl NCAA college football game against New Mexico in Albuquerque, N.M., Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015. Arizona won 45-37. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)

(AP Photo/Andres Leighton)

Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright announced he would enter the NFL Draft following the Wildcats’ 45-37 victory Saturday in the New Mexico Bowl.

Playing in his first game since injuring his foot in September, Wright had 15 tackles and two sacks including a huge one on New Mexico quarterback Austin Apodaca on fourth down to halt a key drive by the Lobos midway through the fourth quarter.

Wright also came up big on what ended up being his final play as a Wildcat when he applied pressure to Apodaca — forcing the pass early and into the hands of Arizona defender Cam Denson to secure the win with about 35 seconds left in the game.

Wright won the Nagurski and Bednarik Awards as the nation’s top defensive player in 2014, but has been limited to just three games this season.

Wright suffered a meniscus injury in the season opening 42-32 win over UTSA on Sept. 3 that caused him to miss the following two weeks. He returned for the UCLA game in September but then was lost for the rest of the year until Saturday.

The 6-foot-1 inch, 246-pound junior walk on from Windsor, California finished his Wildcat career with 161 tackles and 17 sacks.

According to NFL.com’s Chase Goodbread, Wright is projected to be a third-round pick at best and one NFL executive compared him to former Miami Dolphins linebacker Zach Thomas, who was a seven-time Pro Bowler despite being a fifth-round draft selection.

Wright joins other top juniors from the Pac-12 in USC’s Su’a Cravens and UCLA’s Myles Jack who are planning to enter in the spring draft.

Penguin Air

Arizona Football

FILE - Alabama celebrates after their win against Ohio State in an NCAA College Football Playoff na...
Associated Press

CFP championship games to return to Atlanta, South Florida

Atlanta and South Florida have been selected to host College Football Playoff national championship games for the second time.
1 day ago
Utah quarterback Cameron Rising warms ups before the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game against O...
Associated Press

AP college football rankings: Utah Utes lead Pac-12 in preseason poll

The Pac-12 favorite Utah Utes came in at No. 7 in The Associated Press preseason college football rankings released Monday.
1 day ago
(Twitter photo: @ArizonaFBall)...
Sam Graveline

Arizona freshman WR Tetairoa McMillan cracks ESPN’s top-50 newcomers list

Arizona true freshman wide receiver Tetairoa McMillan arrived to Tucson with big expectations as the highest-rated recruit in program history.
2 days ago
The new turf field at Arizona Stadium.
Aug. 11, 2022. 
(Photo by Mike Christy / Arizona Athletics)...
Arizona Sports

Arizona Wildcats finish install of new football field turf

The Arizona Wildcats announced the athletic department finished installing new field turf at Arizona Stadium.
4 days ago
Arizona Wildcats safety Christian Young. (Arizona Athletics Photo)...
Jake Anderson

Arizona Wildcats DB Christian Young lands on Feldman’s 2022 ‘freak’ list

Arizona Wildcats senior safety Christian Young has found himself on a unique preseason list for his athletic prowess.
5 days ago
Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham speaks during Pac-12 Conference men's NCAA college football media ...
Associated Press

Top-heavy Pac-12 places 3 in 2022 preseason USA Today Coaches’ Poll

The Pac-12 placed three teams in the top-15: Utah, Oregon and USC. Only two more teams earned any points, however.
8 days ago
Scooby Wright declares for NFL draft