Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright will enter the NFL Draft, he said in a statement released to SI.
“I am truly blessed and humbled to be in the position I am today, to have the opportunity to go chase my dream that I have had since I first started playing this great game,” Wright said.
The decision was made public shortly after Arizona's 45–37 win over New Mexico—a game that represented only the junior's third appearance on the field during an injury-wracked season. Wright piled up 164 total tackles in 2014, as well as numerous national defensive player of the year awards, but suffered a torn meniscus in the Wildcats' opener this year and then a foot injury when he returned for a Sept. 26 game against UCLA.
The 6’1”, 246-pound Wright was at peak health for the bowl game, however, and will let that performance stand as his final one in an Arizona uniform.
“I couldn't have asked to be around a better group of people that I have been over the last three years at Arizona,” Wright said in the statement. “Coming out of high school I only had one scholarship offer and that was Arizona—they took a chance on me and for that I am thankful to coach (Rich) Rodriguez. I am forever grateful for all my coaches, from the strength coaches to coach Casteel, for making me the player I am.
“I also want to thank the Wildcat Nation for their support and encouragement the last three years. This past season I have faced a lot of adversity, but at the end of the day it has made me a better man.”