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Major Wright

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Height
6' 0"
CLASS
SO
Hometown
Miramar
Weight
200 lbs.
Experience
2L
School
St. Thomas Aquinas
Major Wright

 

CAREER: Appeared in all 41 games in his career, with 33 career starts at free safety...Collected 165 tackles in his career, eight interceptions, ten pass breakups, four forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

 

2009: Appeared in all 14 games, making 12 starts at safety...Totaled 32 tackles, including 28 solo, three interceptions and two pass breakups...Recorded four solo tackles and broke up one pass in the Sugar Bowl win against Cincinnati...Tied for third among teammates after collecting eight tackles (seven solo) in the SEC Championship versus Alabama...Had two solo tackles and a pass break up versus FIU...Finished in a tie for fourth on the team with four tackles (three solo) in the SEC road win over South Carolina...Notched his team-leading third interception of the season in the fourth quarter at the Gators’ own two-yard line against Mississippi State...Recorded a season-high four tackles against Arkansas...Intercepted his second pass of the season and returned it 33 yards to set up a Florida touchdown at Kentucky...Collected the only turnover of the game against Charleston Southern, intercepting a 35-yard pass in the second quarter for his sixth career pick.

 

2008: Started all 14 contests at free safety for the Gators and was third on the team with 66 total tackles and tied for second on the team with four interceptions...Earned honorable mention All-Sophomore recognition from College Football News...Had seven games on the season in which he recorded five-or-more tackles...Collected nine tackles in the BCS National Championship Game against Oklahoma...Also picked off a pass at the goal line to prevent Oklahoma from scoring at the end of the first half...Recorded four tackles in the SEC Championship Game versus Alabama...Notched five tackles and his third interception of the season at Florida State...Returned a blocked field goal 37 yards to set up a Florida touchdown in the win over Kentucky...Had seven tackles and broke up one pass against No. 4 LSU...Had a game-high and tied his career-high with 11 tackles at Arkansas...Collected eight tackles against Tennessee in Knoxville...A member of the 2008 UF Football Leadership Committee.

 

2007: Selected to the SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll...Outstanding true freshman who appeared in all 13 games at free safety and on special teams...Started seven games (Auburn, LSU, Georgia, South Carolina, Florida Atlantic, Florida State and Michigan)...Named to the Coaches’ Freshman All-SEC and as a Second-Team Freshman All-American by Rivals.com...Also garnered First-Team All-American honors from CollegeFootballNews.com and the Sporting News’ Freshman All-American Honorable Mention... Ranked third on the team and first among freshmen in total tackles with 67, 47 solo and 20 assisted...The 67 tackles ranked 42nd overall in the league and the fifth-most by any freshman in the SEC...His 47 solo tackles were the second-highest total of freshmen in the SEC...Became one of only nine players with an interception after making a pick in the Capital One Bowl versus Michigan...Led the team and tied for first in the SEC in forced fumbles with four on the season, including one in back-to-back games versus Ole Miss and Auburn...No other SEC freshman was in the top 10 in that category...Tied for 14th in the nation in forced fumbles and tallied more than any other freshman in the country...The four forced fumbles were the most by a Florida player since Guss Scott had five in 2003 and the most by any Florida freshman since the statistic began being kept in 1982...Had one fumble recovery versus Michigan and collected two pass breakups on the season...Was one of 12 freshmen who made their debut in the season opener versus Western Kentucky...Registered three solo tackles and an assisted tackle in his debut...Had seven total tackles in his first career start versus Auburn...Set a season-high with 11 tackles versus LSU... Played the Kentucky game with a cast on his hand due to a broken thumb.

 

PREP: A hard-hitting safety ranked second in his position and sixth among Florida’s Top-100 prospects according to Rivals.com...Rated 90th on the ESPN150 list of top prospects...Helped lead St. Thomas to the state title game in 2006...Started for the East in the U.S. Army All-American game and was nominated for the National U.S. Army Player of the Year Award...Started at safety for St. Thomas for three years...First-team all-county and all-state selection during both his junior and senior seasons...Completed his senior season with 72 tackles, three interceptions, four tackles for a loss and two blocked kicks...During his junior year, he collected 58 tackles, six interceptions, three blocked punts and 10 tackles for a loss...Chose Florida over Ohio State, Notre Dame and Miami (Fla.)...High school coach was George Smith.

 

PERSONAL: Born July 1, 1988...Mother is Andrea Eluett.

 

CAREER DEFENSIVE STATISTICS

Year    UT-AT     TT     TBL      QBS     FF        FR        PD       INT

2007    47-20      67     0          0          4          1          2          1

2008    36-30      66     0          0          0          0          6          4

2009    28-4        32     0          0          0          0          2          3

Totals: 111-54  165  0          0          4          1          10        8

 

WRIGHT’S CAREER HIGHS

Tackles: 11 (2x, last at Arkansas, 2008)

QB Sacks: None

Forced Fumbles: 1 (3x, last at South Carolina, 2007)

Interceptions: 1 (8x, last at Mississippi State, 2009)

 

 

2009

 

I----TACKLES----I

I-SACKS-I

I--FUMBLE--I

I---PASS DEFENSE---I

Date

Opponent

Solo

Ast

Total

TFL-Yds

No-Yds

FF

FR-Yds

Int-Yds

QBH

Brk

September 5, 2009

CHARLESTON SOUTHERN

0

0

0

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

1-0

0

0

September 12, 2009

TROY

1

0

1

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

0

September 19, 2009

TENNESSEE

2

0

2

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

0

September 26, 2009

at Kentucky

1

0

1

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

1-33

0

0

October 10, 2009

at LSU

0

1

1

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

0

October 17, 2009

ARKANSAS

4

0

4

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

0

October 24, 2009

at Mississippi State

0

0

0

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

1-1

0

0

October 31, 2009

vs Georgia

0

1

1

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

0

November 7, 2009

VANDERBILT

2

0

2

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

0

November 14, 2009

at South Carolina

3

1

4

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

0

November 21, 2009

FIU

2

0

2

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

1

November 28, 2009

FLORIDA STATE

2

0

2

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

0

December 5, 2009

vs Alabama

7

1

8

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

0

January 1, 2010

vs Cincinnati

4

0

4

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

1

 

Totals

28

4

32

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

3-34

0

2

 

2008

 

I-----TACKLES-----I

I-SACKS-I

I--FUMBLE--I

I---PASS DEFENSE---I

Date

Opponent

Solo

Ast

Total

TFL-Yds

No-Yds

FF

FR-Yds

Int-Yds

QBH

Brk

Pts

August 30, 2008

HAWAII

0

3

3

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

1-32

0

0

6

September 6, 2008

MIAMI

2

0

2

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

1

0

September 20, 2008

at Tennessee

2

6

8

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

September 27, 2008

OLE MISS

1

2

3

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

1-5

0

0

0

October 4, 2008

at Arkansas

6

5

11

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

1

0

October 11, 2008

LSU

5

2

7

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

1

0

October 25, 2008

UK

1

0

1

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

1

0

November 1, 2008

vs UGA

4

1

5

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

1

0

November 8, 2008

at Vanderbilt

3

3

6

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

November 15, 2008

USC

0

0

0

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

November 22, 2008

THE CITADEL

1

1

2

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

November 29, 2008

at Florida State

4

1

5

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

1-2

0

0

0

December 6, 2008

vs Alabama

2

2

4

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

January 8, 2009

vs Oklahoma

5

4

9

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

1-0

0

1

0

 

Totals

36

30

66

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

4-39

0

6

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2007

 

I-----TACKLES-----I

I-SACKS-I

I--FUMBLE--I

I---PASS DEFENSE---I

Date

Opponent

Solo

Ast

Total

TFL-Yds

No-Yds

FF

FR-Yds

Int-Yds

QBH

Brk

September 1, 2007

WKU

3

1

4

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

0

September 8, 2007

TROY

1

3

4

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

0

September 15, 2007

UT

2

4

6

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

1

September 22, 2007

at Ole Miss

3

1

4

0.0-0

0.0-0

1

0-0

0-0

0

0

September 29, 2007

AUBURN

6

1

7

0.0-0

0.0-0

1

0-0

0-0

0

0

October 6, 2007

at LSU

9

2

11

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

0

October 20, 2007

at Kentucky

1

2

3

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

0

October 27, 2007

vs UGA

1

0

1

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

0

November 3, 2007

VANDERBILT

1

0

1

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

0

November 10, 2007

at South Carolina

5

0

5

0.0-0

0.0-0

1

0-0

0-0

0

0

November 17, 2007

FLORIDA ATLANTIC

3

0

3

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

0

November 24, 2007

FLORIDA STATE

6

3

9

0.0-0

0.0-0

0

0-0

0-0

0

1

January 1, 2008

vs Michigan

6

3

9

0.0-0

0.0-0

1

1-0

1-0

0

0

 

Totals

47

20

67

0.0-0

0.0-0

4

1-0

1-0

0

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PROFILE

·          Gave his 2009 FedEx BCS National Championship ring to his mom for Mother’s Day

·          If he could choose one food to eat for an entire week, would choose meat lovers pizza

·          Good friends with Miami receiver Leonard Hankerson- the two carpooled to school at St. Thomas Aquinas high school in Ft. Lauderdale

·          A member of the 2008 UF Football Leadership Committee

·          Grew up idolizing safety SeanTaylor

·          Can do a front flip- did so at the 2008 Gator Charity Challenge

·          The fraternal “little brother” of Gator Dorian Munroe. Munroe took the black stripe off of his helmet during Fall 2007

·          Has been compared to former Gator All-American safety Lawrence Wright

·          Former member of the National Football Foundation “Play it Smart” program

 

What they’re saying about Major Wright:

“That was huge. That was a big play that turned the whole game around. Joe did a great job in breaking the pass up and we batted it around like volleyball, and Major came up with probably one of the biggest plays of the year for us.” (1/9/09)

Vance Bedford, UF Cornerbacks Coach on Wright’s INT versus Oklahoma

 

“I get hit by Major Wright in practice all the time. He doesn’t try to. He just blows up the receiver and I’ll be in the way. He tried to hit Chris Rainey one time and he knocked my helmet off because I got there a second before him. I just laid out for a second, thinking, ‘If he hits everyone else like this, I don’t know how they keep getting up.’” (9/15/08)

Joe Haden, UF cornerback

 

“Sometimes you can’t go for the kill shot. You gotta know when to do it and when to hold back. First thing I want is the ball, but if I don’t and I’ve got the kill shot, I’m going for it … but now the first thing I’m looking for is the ball.” (8/12/08)

Major Wright

 

“He’s got a little bit of the Tebow effect on the defense. He’s an extremely high character guy that football means the world to him. He’s always where he’s supposed to be academically. If you get yourself a whole bunch of Major Wrights, you’re playing excellent defense.” (10/15/07)

Urban Meyer, UF Head Coach

 

“Having Major back there is important because we talk a lot. He was telling me to go ahead and make some plays, told me he had my back and if somebody got by me, don’t worry, he had me over the top. When you’ve got Major Wright back there and you see how hard he hits, you play with a lot of confidence because you know he’ll cover for you.” (10/3/07)

Joe Haden, UF Cornerback

 

"Their defense is fast, stingy and plays extremely well. They have a number of guys, but one that

stands out to me is their freshman safety, No. 21. He played really well against Auburn.” (10/3/07)

Les Miles, LSU Head Coach

 

“He’s a bright-eyed, intense young man. A guy like that captures everything you’re saying. He takes and retains coaching. All that means your learning curve moves a little faster, so given those variables, he’s going to be a guy who will develop here and play a role.”

Doc Holliday, UF safeties coach

 

 “[Wright] could eventually join (Joe Haden) as a true freshman starter in the Gators defensive backfield, although he will be a backup for the first few games. Word out of Gainesville is that Wright could have more immediate upside than Reggie Nelson.” (8/30/07)

Mike Farrell, The Sporting News

 

"He is as good a kid as you are going to get.  He loves to practice and study at team meetings and he also does a good job in the classroom.  He is going to be a special player for us for some time to come. He is learning and has an awful lot still to learn, but he is a super guy.  I am really excited about his future.”

Doc Holliday, UF Safeties coach (8-10-07)

 

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