Scooby Wright is not known for how vocal he is on the field, but it does not matter much as he lets his play do the talking.
"He just makes plays," Rich Rodriguez said. "Scooby is not a rah-rah guy and he is only a sophomore, but I think he has so much respect from the guys that they will listen to him when he says a whole lot.
"We don’t have a lot of vocal leaders and honestly I don’t think we need them. We just need guys to play hard and do their job and Scooby is kind of a leader in that."
When looking at Colorado, Wright is impressed with its toughness.
"They are really sound in what they do," he said. "They try to play fast like we do, but I don’t think that will be much of a big factor for us. They are really tough, that is probably the biggest thing I notice about them.
"They sling it a lot. It is kind of like Washington State, but they don’t throw the ball 80 times a game. They get it out in a hurry."
In order to be successful against an offense like that, Wright has a good idea of what he wants the defense to do.
"You have to be able to react to the quick game, know where your seams are, be able to break flat and basically know what is going on around you and what coverage you are in," he said.
Colorado quarterback Sefo Liufai is aware of what Wright can do, but does not seem to be treating him any differently.
"I wouldn't say I need to keep an eye out," Liufau said. "Obviously you’re aware of their playmakers on defense, but I wouldn't say that we’re trying to run the ball away from him or anything like that.
"Every defense has a really good player and he’s just another one. We’re going to just stick with our game plan, deal with what they give us. We’re going to attack what we think the weaknesses are in their defense.”