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  T.J. Wright

T.J.  Wright

Player Profile


Beaumont, Texas

High School:

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 175



2006: Started all 14 games ... Earned first-team All-MAC honors from the league's coaches ... Named All-MAC by Collegefootballnews.com, which rated him as the second-best defensive back in the league ... Named MAC East Division Player of the Week after recording seven tackles, two pass break-ups, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery at Miami ... Led all Ohio defensive backs, and ranked third on the team overall, with 59 tackles ... Ranked first on the team with four interceptions ... First Bobcat since Bop White (1999-2002) to notch four straight seasons with at least three interceptions ... Set school records with 18 pass break-ups and 20 passes defended ... Led the MAC and ranked sixth in the nation with 1.57 passes defended per game ... Returned a fumble 35 yards for a touchdown in the season opener against UT Martin ... Had seven tackles against Northern Illinois ... Intercepted his first pass of the season at Rutgers ... Recorded six tackles, an interception and broke up three passes at Missouri ... Tallied seven tackles and a break-up against Western Michigan ... Forced the fumble at Illinois that set up the Bobcats' game-winning field goal with five seconds remaining ... Had a season-high eight tackles and tied his season best with three pass break-ups at Eastern Michigan ... Recorded an interception in Ohio's MAC East championship-clinching win against Akron ... Had a sack and an interception in the GMAC Bowl.

2005: Played in all 11 games, starting 10 ... Tied his career-high with three interceptions ... First Bobcat since Bop White (1999-2002) to notch three straight seasons with at least three interceptions ... Picked off passes in games against Northwestern, Bowling Green and Akron ... Finished the season seventh on the team and third among Bobcat defensive backs with a career-high 49 tackles ... Recorded his first career sack against Pittsburgh ... Made a career-high nine tackles, including two for loss, and broke up two passes against Miami.

2004: Played in all 11 games, starting all but the season finale against Akron ... Credited with 35 tackles, including 30 solo stops ... Led the team with three interceptions and nine pass breakups ... Had three tackles for loss ... Intercepted a pass and returned it 41 yards for a touchdown in season opener against VMI ... Picked off a pass in the third quarter versus Pittsburgh ... Made seven solo tackles against Miami ... Credited with three pass breakups in the win at Kentucky ... Recorded five tackles, including one for a loss versus Marshall ... Made six tackles against Kent State ... Had four tackles at Central Florida ... Made four stops against Akron.

2003: Played in all 12 games, while making one start ... Led all MAC freshmen in passes defended (interceptions and breakups) with 14 ... Forced to start in first college road game at Iowa State and made a season-high six solo tackles ... Finished the year with 22 total tackles, 19 of which were solos ... Led the team in interceptions with three ... Returned an interception 51 yards against Southeast Missouri State in his first career game ... Added picks against Western Michigan and Marshall ... Broke up 11 passes, third-highest mark on the team ... Had a pair of breakups against Western Michigan and Kent State.

2002: Redshirted.

HIGH SCHOOL: A four-sport athlete at Ozen High School ... Lettered twice in football, three times in track and once each in baseball and basketball ... A second-team all-state and first-team all-district selection following his senior season ... Helped his team to a 7-4 record and a berth in the state playoffs in 2000 ... The Panthers were district champions his sophomore year and district co-champions as a junior ... Had four interceptions ... Also the point guard for the basketball team that ranked 10th in the nation.

PERSONAL: A legal communications major ... Son of John and Mary Wright ... Cousin and high school teammate of current Bobcat safety Tony Ward.