Houston, Texas – University of Arizona sophomore linebacker Scooby Wright III was given the Rotary Lombardi Award in Houston on Wednesday, presented annually to the nation’s most outstanding defensive lineman or linebacker. The selection committee is made up of Division I head coaches, media personnel and former winners and finalists of the Rotary Lombardi Award.
Wright is Arizona’s first Rotary Lombardi Award finalist and winner. He also won the 2014 Bronko Nagurski Trophy in Charlotte, N.C. on Monday.
Wright joined fellow finalists Vic Beasley of Clemson, Joey Bosa of Ohio State and Hau’oli Kikaha of Washington for events in Houston on Tuesday and Wednesday. Wright attended a welcome dinner at the Houston Aquarium on Tuesday and was honored at the awards dinner at the Bayou Music Center on Wednesday. Members of the Wright family were in attendance to celebrate his award.
Also on Wednesday, the sophomore was named a CBSSports.com First-Team All-American, his first such citation of the 2014 seasom. He joined Washington’s Shaq Thompson and Kikaha as the third linebacker on the first-team. Wright was also named the CBS Sports Defensive Player of the Year.
Through 13 games, Wright has 153 total tackles, 28.0 tackles for a loss, 14.0 sacks and six forced fumbles, all team highs. The Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year and a first-team all-conference selection, Wright ranks in the top five among FBS players for total tackles, tackles for loss, sacks and forced fumbles.
He’s the only FBS player to rank in the top 25 of each of those categories. Further, Wright is vying to become the first player since 1999 to finish the season ranked in the top five for tackles, tackles for loss and sacks.
Wright will travel to Orlando, Fla. for the ESPN College Football Awards show on Thursday for the presentation of the Chuck Bednarik Award.
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