Arizona linebacker Wright wins Nagurski Award

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright has won the Bronko Nagurski award given to the nation's top college defensive player.

Wright received the award Monday night at a banquet sponsored by the Charlotte Touchdown Club.

Wright was considered a two-star recruit coming out of high school and says the Wildcats were the only FBS school to offer him a scholarship.

The sophomore had 89 tackles - 27 for a loss - and 14 sacks this season, helping the 12th-ranked Wildcats earn a spot in the Fiesta Bowl against Boise State.

Wright says the fact that he wasn't highly recruited ''gave me a chip on my shoulder.''

The other finalists were Texas defensive tackle Malcom Brown, Alabama defensive back Landon Collins, Mississippi defensive back Senquez Golson and Louisville defensive back Gerod Holliman.

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