Wright On Target

Arkansas redshirt sophomore and Memphis native Tenarius Wright got to go home for Christmas again this year, but there's a better bowl to celebrate as the Razorbacks (10-2) get ready to report to New Orleans for their Sugar Bowl showdown with Ohio State (11-1) on Jan. 4.

Arkansas redshirt sophomore defensive end Tenarius Wright loves his hometown of Memphis – but he had his sights set a little higher than just returning home for a bowl game at the end of this season.

Instead of playing outdoors in freezing temperatures in the Bluff City's Liberty Bowl as it did last January, Arkansas (10-2) is off to New Orleans for a Sugar Bowl date with Ohio State (11-1) on Jan. 4th in The Superdome.

"No disrespect to my hometown Memphis, but I am happy to be going to New Orleans," Wright said. "Playing indoors is a big step and it's a BCS bowl. We are happy about that. I am very happy about that."

In addition to the better bowl for the players – who are set to arrive in New Orleans on Wednesday - the player gifts are better with electronics, watches and clothes.

"I hear we have Apple and Sony," Wright said. "So whether it is an iPOD touch or anything else like that I will be happy."

Wright (6-1, 250) had six sacks among his 38 tackles this season, added in three quarterback hurries, forced a fumble and recovered one fumble.

He has been one of the keys for a defense that jumped from last in the 12 team league to fifth this season.

"We are trying to stay humble because we have made a big jump from last year and we are just working hard every day," Wright said. "We are just trying to keep tackling and being aggressive."

Wright believes experience and better communication between the players and coaches was a key in the improvement.

"I believe it was the coaches giving us a better understanding of the defense we run," Wright said. "Different defenses, reads, keys and doing what the coaches call. It really helped us."

Ohio State's Terrelle Pryor (6-6, 233) will be another in the long line of running quarterbacks that Arkansas has faced this season, including Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton of Auburn.

Pyror has passed for 2,551 yards and 25 touchdowns and 11 interceptions this season and run for another 639 yards and four scores.

"You have to like running quarterbacks, it makes the chase better," Wright said. "It will be fun to chase Terrelle Pryor. He led his team to the Sugar Bowl and an 11-1 season so he is doing a lot of things right."

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