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Thomas Wright
Thomas Wright

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Lake Wales, Fla.

High School:
Lake Wales

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 193

Position:
S

Birthdate:
07/03/1981

Experience:
3L


All-Big Ten candidate anchors the Spartan defensive secondary from his strong safety position . . . tough, physical playmaker is ranked among the nation?s top strong safeties (No. 12) by The Sporting News . . . produced two big plays in the April 6 scrimmage, breaking up a pass intended for BJ Lovett on the goal line and blocking a 37-yard field-goal attempt . . . has started 22 straight games at safety . . . joins tailback Dawan Moss, center Brian Ottney and quarterback Jeff Smoker as captains for the 2002 season . . . AS A JUNIOR: Honorable mention All-Big Ten selection by the coaches in 2001 . . . shared MSU?s Outstanding Underclass Back Award with tailback T.J. Duckett, wide receiver Charles Rogers and quarterback Jeff Smoker . . . started all 12 games in 2001, including three at strong safety and nine at free safety, and played 357 minutes . . . helped anchor an injury-plagued secondary that still managed to rank among the NCAA leaders in pass defense (No. 14 at 176.1 yards per game) and pass efficiency defense (No. 19 with 105.5 rating) . . . led the secondary and finished second on the team in tackles with 92 (68 solos, 24 assists) . . . recorded seven tackles for losses (22 yards) and 13 pass break-ups . . . made eight stops vs. Fresno State (5-3), Penn State (7-1), Wisconsin (6-2) and Iowa (7-1) . . . produced 10 tackles (8-2) vs. Indiana . . . had nine stops vs. Minnesota (5-4) and Notre Dame (7-2), including a 9-yard sack . . . registered a season-high 12 tackles (10-2) vs. Northwestern, including three for losses (7 yards) . . . AS A SOPHOMORE: Shared the Tommy Love Award as the team?s most improved player with tight end Ivory McCoy . . . started 10 of 11 games at strong safety in 2000 and played 312.5 minutes . . . key figure in a secondary that led the Big Ten and ranked seventh nationally in pass defense, allowing only 164.1 yards per game . . . led the Spartan defense in production points with 159 and ranked second in tackles with 106 (73 solos, 33 assists) . . . played as well as anyone down the stretch, averaging 11.3 tackles over his last six games . . . had nine stops (6-3), four pass break-ups and an interception in MSU?s 30-10 win over No. 9 Purdue . . . registered 13 tackles (10-3) vs. Ohio State, including a sack (11 yards) . . . named Spartan Defensive Player of the Week vs. Illinois after producing a career-high 18 tackles (12-6) . . . reached double figures in tackles four times, including 10 stops (6-4) vs. Missouri . . . AS A FRESHMAN: Appeared in all 12 games in 1999 and played 122.5 minutes . . . played double-figure minutes in five games, including a season high 29.5 vs. Purdue . . . recorded 22 tackles (11 solos, 11 assists), including five sacks (46 yards) . . . produced four tackles (2-2) vs. Florida in the 2000 Florida Citrus Bowl, including two sacks (19 yards) . . . had a season-high eight stops (5-3) vs. Purdue, including a sack (13 yards) . . . HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: PrepStar All-American . . . rated the No. 1 safety in Florida and among the state?s top 20 players by SunState . . . all-state safety had three interceptions as a senior . . . all-region receiver had 26 catches for 630 yards (24.2 avg.) and eight touchdowns . . . played for Coach Rod Shafer at Lake Wales (Fla.) High School . . . had a personal best of 6-4 in the high jump . . . runs 4.4 in the 40 . . . born July 3, 1981 . . . majoring in agriculture and natural resources ? communications.


Wright?s Career Statistics
		G/GS	UT	AT	TM	TFL-Yds.	Sacks	PBU	INT
1999		12/0	11	11	22	5-46		5-46	1	0-0
2000		11/10	73	33	106	3-13		1-11	12	2-0
2001		12/12	68	24	92	7-22		1-9	13	2-13
Career		35/22	152	68	220	15-81		7-66	26	4-13

Wright?s Career Highs Tackles: 18, vs. Illinois (2000) Tackles for Losses: 3, vs. Northwestern (2001) Sacks: 2, vs. Florida (2000)

Wright?s Game-By-Game Statistics 1999 Defense UT AT TM TFL Sacks Oregon 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 Eastern Michigan 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 Notre Dame 0 1 1 0-0 0-0 Illinois 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 Iowa 2 0 2 1-6 1-6 Michigan 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 Purdue 5 3 8 1-13 1-13 Wisconsin 2 0 2 1-8 1-8 Ohio State 0 1 1 0-0 0-0 Northwestern 0 1 1 0-0 0-0 Penn State 0 3 3 0-0 0-0 Florida 2 2 4 2-19 2-19 Totals 11 11 22 5-46 5-46

2000 Defense UT AT TM TFL Sacks Marshall 4 1 5 0-0 0-0 Missouri 6 4 10 0-0 0-0 Notre Dame 5 3 8 1-1 0-0 Northwestern 6 3 9 0-0 0-0 Iowa 3 3 6 0-0 0-0 Wisconsin 5 3 8 0-0 0-0 Michigan 10 2 12 1-1 0-0 Illinois 12 6 18 0-0 0-0 Ohio State 10 3 13 1-11 1-11 Purdue 6 3 9 0-0 0-0 Penn State 6 2 8 0-0 0-0 Totals 73 33 106 3-13 1-11

2001 Defense UT AT TM TFL Sacks Central Michigan 4 2 6 0-0 0-0 Notre Dame 7 2 9 1-9 1-9 Northwestern 10 2 12 3-7 0-0 Iowa 7 1 8 0-0 0-0 Minnesota 5 4 9 0-0 0-0 Wisconsin 6 2 8 1-1 0-0 Michigan 3 1 4 0-0 0-0 Indiana 8 2 10 1-4 0-0 Purdue 3 1 4 0-0 0-0 Penn State 7 1 8 1-1 0-0 Missouri 3 3 6 0-0 0-0 Fresno State 5 3 8 0-0 0-0 Totals 68 24 92 7-22 1-9