Wright making an impression

Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright has completed his first fall camp and has been grabbing the attention of the coaches and his teammates. Read on to find out how he is adjusting, what his role could be, and more.

It has been just under a month since Scooby Wright started his first fall camp with the Arizona Wildcats. He has taken his time adjusting, but is just trying to learn as much as he can.

"Everything has been good for me here," Wright said. "Everything is a lot faster at this level. I have had some adjusting to do, but I am getting there. I'm just trying to learn as much as I can."

One of the things that is often difficult for freshmen to adjust to is the speed of the game. Wright still remembers how fast the first practice went.

"The speed of the game is definitely faster here," he said. "I remember the first practice. The first time I went out there, I blinked and it seemed like the play was over already."

During his time on campus, the linebacker has looked to several of the seniors on the defensive side of the ball for help and advice.

"I just try to learn from the older guys," Wright said. "Marquis Flowers and Jake Fischer has been great helps for me. They work with me on the system and plays and everything else.

"The whole mental side of the game is what I worked on. I just wanted to know what to look for, what the reads are, and the different sets."

Even though he has played linebacker for his entire career up to this point, switching from inside to outside has taken some adjustment for the freshman.

"My whole life, I have played inside linebacker," Wright said. "This year, I am playing outside linebacker, so there is some change. It isn't a lot different, but there are still some things to learn and adjust to."

One thing is certain; Wright has been grabbing the attention from his coaches and teammates.

Several Wildcats have pointed out that Wright has been the most impressive, although he has taken a humble approach to the situation.

"I don't really look at how well I am playing in a sense that I am trying to get noticed," he said. "I am just trying to go out there and learn every day. I just do what Coach Casteel asks of me and work hard at doing it.

"Coach Casteel is great. I have learned so much from him already in the past month. I just try to soak it all in and learn from all he has to offer."

A major selling point for Wright heading to Arizona was the brand new Lowell-Stevens Football Facility. He is already pleased with the facility, having not even played a game in the new stadium yet.

"You look at the stadium and it is just top of the line," Wright said. "Coming from a high school, where you have a small locker, to here, with a big one, is a big difference. This place has everything from cold water tubs to the players lounge with flat screens everywhere.

"I'm very excited for my first college game. We had the scrimmage a few nights ago and it made me a little nervous with that many fans there. I can't imagine how it is going to be for a full house."

Wright is listed as "Scooby Wright" on the official team roster. It is just a nickname for the linebacker, but he has taken it as his own after using it for a majority of his life.

"I'm actually Philip Wright III," he said. "They call my grandpa ‘Philip' and my dad ‘Phil'. So as a baby, my dad would call me his little Scooby-Doo.

"Even growing up, some of my closest friends didn't know what my real name was because it just stuck with me."

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