But it's clear that Wright doesn't say no to anything. So there he was answering questions about yet another move back to defensive end in his Arkansas career. The fifth-year senior is that kind of person and he still wants to try to be a defensive playmaker for a team that hasn't found many in 2012.
Wright is back at defensive end where he was one of the Arkansas' best players over the last two years. He has been a key player on defense at times during his career, although he had to battle through a broken arm sustained against Alabama last year.
Wright answered the call just days before spring drills last year when the Hogs were trying to fill a void at middle linebacker left by the graduation of Jerry Franklin. He made the move from end, where he would have been a clear starter and perhaps a preseason All-SEC selection.
The Hogs had planned to put Alonzo Highsmith at middle linebacker, but a torn pectoral tendon and surgery ended that experiment even before spring drills began. So it was thought that Highsmith would be better used by staying at the weakside linebacker spot that he manned last year, his first after transferring from junior college.
But Wright struggled at "mike" linebacker. He had but five solo tackles through the first three games and was moved back to end where Chris Smith and Trey Flowers have yet to catch fire. Highsmith slid over to mike with Terrell Williams taking the "will" spot.
It highlights the lack of recruiting success at the linebacker position over the last five years at Arkansas. Williams is a lot like Franklin, the most productive linebacker in that span. Neither really were linebackers in high school.
"I was mainly an offensive player in high school," Williams said Wednesday. "When I played defense, it was mainly at safety."
Williams has worked at both mike and will of late, but said will is just fine. He said it's a playmaker position and probably the one he prefers of the two. He was productive against Rutgers, although he gave up a touchdown pass when a back slipped around him out of the backfield on the goal line.
Wright said the decision to go back to end was a good one based on the early results of the season. He said the video told the story, that he had trouble making plays in space. And that's what linebacker play is all about. It probably didn't help him that he missed most of camp with a neck stinger.
The Hogs are going with Highsmith and Williams for the short term. They are both seniors and they are going to be the starters at College Station on Saturday. But you may see more of the long-term solution, true freshmen Otha Peters and A. J. Turner.
This is the best news I can tell you about the future. It's based on pure linebacker talent. Both Peters and Turner were true inside linebackers in high school. That's all they ever thought they were and that's what they'll be at Arkansas.
Both Peters and Turner can make plays going downhill as they displayed in the spring. What they struggle with is making the decision that it's not run and then playing the pass. They don't handle the play-action situations as quickly as they will as they develop over the next season, especially after their first spring. That's the story on most young linebackers when they get to college. They didn't have to play so much pass in high school.
I'm guessing that Peters and Turner will get more snaps as the season progresses, perhaps quite a few against A&M. Perhaps they'll get a turn at chasing A&M dual threat quarterback Johnny Manziel. That may be the toughest part of Saturday's game for the Arkansas defense, linebackers staying with Manziel when he breaks the pocket or on called quarterback runs, something Manziel loves.
That's what didn't happen when the Hogs faced another quarterback similar to Manziel, Louisiana-Monroe's Kolton Browning. Highsmith was often assigned the task of "spying" on Browning, but lost containment down the stretch when ULM rallied to an overtime victory.
What the Hogs ache for this week is solid linebacker play, perhaps some hits that produce turnovers. Linebackers are often the second defenders to the play (Wright and Highsmith 41 assists) and they are the ones that can knock the ball loose from running backs and receivers.
A&M has not lost fumbles, but that's what an underdog needs to turn a game around. Make no mistake about it, the Hogs are the underdogs. The line has been around two touchdowns all week.
The Hogs have not wanted to turn their linebackers loose on blitzes much this year, mainly because they haven't gotten there when they have blitzed. But Wright -- playing some at end and also helping as an extra linebacker in nickel looks -- might give them a rush without blitzes. He's been a playmaker in the past when he's been in a three-point stance. Clearly he wasn't this year standing up.
John L. Smith said there was some progress made this week on defensive coverages. He said the corners and safeties got their hands on more passes this week. Defensive coordinator Paul Haynes suggested that coverage is the key to success against A&M. He said there will be pressure on Manziel if the corners can take away the first read, perhaps the problem in the first four games.
But I think it's also a matter of getting more pressure with Wright and the rest of what was thought to be a highly regarded group of ends. Smith, with two, is the only defender with multiple sacks so far this year. Wright had six in 2010.
But even with good defensive end play, it's probably a good bet that Manziel will break containment at times. It's going to come down to linebackers making plays in space. It's the key to the game.
For the last several years, I've used this space on the Friday before the game to pick out the top 10 keys. I could come up with that many again, but I think it boils down to just a few on the defensive side for the Hogs.
Yes, the Hogs have to find a running game. They have to win the turnover battle. They have to be more physical. They have to win the kicking game. They have to tackle the catch. They have to protect quarterback Tyler Wilson against the fierce rush of Damontre Moore and compete in what is sure to be a hostile environment And, they have to show grit, my number one key last week before the Rutgers game.
But I think there is really only one key. The Hogs have to make plays against Manziel. The Aggies have rushed for 624 yards in three games, but 262 have come on Manziel runs. He's had 38 running plays. The Aggies have given up only seven sacks.
The Hogs will have to show vast improvement if they are to handle this task. Wright will have to give those linebackers some help with his move to end if that improvement is to be seen this week. It was a good sign when he came to the interview room. It was a sign that one of the top seniors is still holding onto the rope and wants to be a defensive playmaker.