The man who calls himself @TwoStarScoob on Twitter has been crowned as college football’s top defensive player. Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright was given the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, honoring the nation’s best defender, on Monday night by the Football Writers Association of America and the Charlotte Touchdown Club.
“Coming out of high school, I didn’t really have too many colleges knocking on my door — actually nobody really wanted me except Arizona,” Wright told ESPN.com. “So I always have that little chip on my shoulder. You always remember those people who didn’t think you were good enough. It still motivates me to this day.”
Wright is also a finalist for the Walter Camp Player of the Year award and the Rotary Lombardi Award.
After collecting 89 tackles as a freshman, Wright became the first sophomore to ever win the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year in 2014 by posting college football’s most ridiculous stat line south of Eugene, Ore.: 153 tackles (second nationally), 14 sacks (third), 27 tackles for loss (first) and six forced fumbles (first).
Wright beat out Texas defensive tackle Malcom Brown, Alabama safety Landon Collins, Louisville safety Gerod Holliman and Ole Miss cornerback Senquez Golson for the award.
Wright helped No. 10 Arizona post one of the best seasons in recent memory, as the 10-3 Wildcats are the reigning Pac-12 South champions and will face No. 20 Boise State in the Fiesta Bowl on New Year’s Eve.
“We had a great year with the program and we haven’t had a 10-win season in a while,” Wright said. “We’re going to the Fiesta Bowl, and that will be good.”
Wright is the first Pac-12 player to claim the honor since Arizona State’s pass rusher extraordinaire Terrell Suggs took it home in 2002. Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald won the award in 2013.
Eastern Kentucky wide receiver Cameron Catron was shot in the early morning hours of Sunday following a dispute outside a bar.
According to WKYT-TV, Catron and an unidentified man were fighting outside the Two Keys Tavern in Lexington, Ky., when the other man ran to his vehicle, returned with a gun and shot Catron. It is not known where he was shot.
The suspect, described as wearing a blue shirt with dreadlocked hair culminating in frosted tips, is still at large.
“He’s one of the biggest hearted guys I know. Whoever done that to him was just really in a bad place right now,” teammate Gunner Slone told the station.
A Belfry, Ky., native, Catron was a redshirt freshman in 2018; he appeared in two games on special teams.
Catron has already undergone two surgeries to remove the bullet and repair internal damage. A social media post by his mother indicated he is out of ICU and able to walk a short distance.
Breon Dixon has yet to really make a mark in college football, but his closet has become well stocked. A 4-star prospect out of Suwanee, Ga., Dixon signed with Ole Miss and enrolled in January of 2017, but left quickly thereafter.
Given a waiver to play immediately as part of the Hugh Freeze explosion, Dixon was enrolled at Nebraska within 365 days of originally enrolling at Ole Miss. He appeared in four games on special teams for the Huskers this season, but by this spring he was no longer a Cornhusker, either.
In May, the Omaha World-Herald contacted Iowa Western Community College head coach Scott Strohmeier, who said Dixon would become a Reiver. Now, Dixon has confirmed that himself.
He is expected to enroll in classes in July and compete for IWCC this fall, with the expectation he’ll look for another four-year university in the winter. Strohmeier told the World-Herald he didn’t expect Dixon to re-enroll at Nebraska, meaning the player could be looking for a fourth school in as many years come 2020.
It appears Darius Slade has found himself yet another college football home.
In early February, it was confirmed that Slade had taken the first step in moving on from Arizona State by placing his name into the NCAA transfer database. A little over four months later, it’s now being reported that the defensive end is enrolled at South Florida.
For what it’s worth, a USF official declined to confirm Slade’s addition to the roster and the lineman isn’t yet listed on the football program’s online roster.
Slade, who originally began his collegiate career at Ohio State before transferring and landing at ASU prior to the start of the 2017 season, played in 10 games in 2018 after sitting out the previous year to satisfy NCAA transfer rules.
As a graduate transfer, Slade would be eligible to play for the Bulls immediately in 2019.
On the same day we noted an addition to Marshall’s roster, there’s been a development regarding one of the football program’s personnel subtractions earlier this offseason.
Utilizing his personal Twitter account, Ty Tyler (pictured, No. 1) announced that he is “honored and overwhelmed to announce I am committed to [the] University of Louisville.” Earlier this offseason, the defensive lineman opted to enter his name into the NCAA transfer database after four years with the Thundering Herd.
As Tyler will be coming to the Cardinals as a graduate transfer, he’ll be eligible to play immediately for the school in 2019. The upcoming season will serve as the lineman’s final year of eligibility.
This past season, Tyler led the Thundering Herd with eight sacks and tied for second on the team with nine tackles for loss. He leaves Huntington having been credited with 15.5 tackles for loss and 10 sacks in 35 career games, 20 of which were starts.