Wright staying modest

Scooby Wright has received national attention, but does not pay too much attention to it. Read on to see why, where he wants to improve, and more.

Scooby Wright and the rest of Arizona lost their first game of the season this past weekend and have now turned the focus to Washington State.

"We have the bye week this week, so it's always in the back of your mind,” Wright said of the loss. “We’re preparing for Washington State, but we're just slowly progressing into it and not jumping into it like a regular week.

“We're really just trying to put that behind us and really just trying to focus on Washington State.”

Wright was named to the Sports Illustrated Mid-Season All-American team, but he does not seem to be paying much attention to the accolades.

“Somebody told me I was leading the Pac in tackles, but that can change,” Wright said. “In all honestly those don't really mean anything because stats are all a part of team defense.

“Playing middle backer you can go sideline to sideline, and the coaching staff puts me in good spots and that's it.”

Looking at the big picture, Wright has a good idea of what the defense as a whole and he individually needs to improve.

"We just have to keep progressing every week," he said. "We have to limit our mistakes at times, and we just have to keep getting better everyday.

"I really need to work on stabbing the offensive linemen and getting them off me to get separation. Also, being better with my eyes in pass coverage to make sure I'm looking at the right things and staying disciplined.”

The coaching staff has tried numerous players at linebacker and Wright feels that they have co-existed well so far this season.

"I think we're coming together good," he said. "It all goes back to playing team defense, because if you play team defense and you're tough, and you do what you're supposed to do on the field then it's hard to get beat.”

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