Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez said this morning during an interview Scooby Wright will play tonight when the Wildcats host UCLA in Tucson. Wright was said to be a game-time decision earlier this week after sustaining a torn meniscus in a season-opening victory over UT-San Antonio in Week 1.
During an on-set interview on ESPN’s College GameDay this morning, Rodriguez confirmed Wright has practiced this week, which led him to say his best defensive player will play tonight. What role Wright will take on was not announced, so it is unknown if he will start or play a limited role. Regardless, Arizona being able to get anything out of one of the best defensive players tonight in a pivotal Pac-12 South Division game is positive news for the Wildcats.
Wright did not play for Arizona the last two weeks against Nevada and Northern Arizona, and he was not expected to be back for another week, although the best-case scenario had him possibly being available for this weekend’s Pac-12 opener for Arizona.
Arizona’s Scooby Wright is without a doubt one of the best defensive players in the country. He and his Wildcats are preparing to take on Boise State in the Fiesta Bowl. It turns out Wright may have been preparing for this game even if he never did attend Arizona. Wright had attended a pair of Boise State football camps but never received an offer from Chris Petersen‘s program.
“(The Broncos) said they were going to keep evaluating me,” Wright said, according toThe Idaho Statesman. “We always kept in contact, but nothing too serious.”
Boise State’s loss turned out to be Arizona’s gain. Arizona stepped in with an offer with much more certainty on Wright as a fixture in their defense than Boise State seemed to have, and that ultimately won Wright over.
“If someone tells me I’m not good enough or I can’t do something, it motivates me that much more,” Wright added.
That seems to have worked out very well for Arizona’s defensive star. Wright was awarded the Bronko Nagurski Award, Chuck Bednarik Award and Lombardi Award.
Just days after being awarded the Bronko Nagurski Award, Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright was named this year’s winner of the Lombardi Award. The Lombardi Award is given to the nation’s top defensive lineman or linebacker by the Rotary Club of Houston.
‘It’s a great honor, but it’s representative of the University of Arizona defense and the whole program,” Wright said, according to the Associated Press, after winning the Lombardi Award. Asked to identify his favorite play this season, Wright singled out sacking Oregon’s Heisman Trophy favorite quarterback Marcus Mariota in a regular season victory in Eugene and forcing a fumble and picking it up and scoring against rival Arizona.
Wright, the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, is a finalist for the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award.
Other finalists for the Lombardi Award included Clemson senior defensive end Vic Beasley, Washington senior linebacker Hau’oli Kikaha and Ohio State sophomore defensive end Joey Bosa.