Scooby Wright has been the best defensive player in the country this season, but has not yet chosen to take a step back and take a look at all of his accolades.
“It feels great,” Wright said. “It hasn’t hit me yet because I am focused on Friday and it probably won’t hit me until Saturday morning and then I will let it sink it.”
Wright has been the same way all season and much of that has to do with his love for the game.
“I just love playing football, it’s my passion,” Wright said. “I just try to play as best I can and fast and hard as I can.”
The enjoyment for football has spread to his teammates, which is why Wright believes Arizona is playing its best football of the season.
“I think more guys are just having fun and going out there and playing ball,” he said. “We’re having fun and playing good, sound, disciplined football.”
Wright is not the only Wildcat that won an award this week, as Rich Rodriguez was named Pac-12 Coach of the Year.
“It was going to happen some time,” Wright said. “It was just a matter of time before Coach Rodriguez was going to rebuild this program.”
Both will have an opportunity to build on this season’s success and Wright has been looking forward to this opportunity for quite a while now.
“This is the stuff you dream abut as a little kid and your goals and why you play football,” he said.
“I’m from the Bay Area, so there is going to be a lot of family and friends there and it will be nice. I think I heard there is around 75 or 80 people coming.”