Wright Growing Up

At the start of the season, everyone pretty much knew what Florida was going to get out of safety Major Wright. He works his tail off, runs to the ball and knows how to lay the big hit. His start to the 2008 hasn't disappointed currently tied for third on the team with 13 tackles.

Wright brought a certain level of comfort to the Gator secondary this season amidst all the turmoil that came during the offseason. And after starting for more than half of last season, Wright is turning into a solid player for the Gators.

"It was pretty tough coming in and playing last year, but I took it as a learning season," Wright said. "I came in and watched my film, watched my teammates and I got better. … [The important thing] wasn't messing up my freshman year. There's a lot of other guys that can help out, so just don't mess up."

With the 2007 season under his belt, Wright has come in as a leader in the secondary this fall.

"I have to be a leader and be more outspoken," he said. "When they're doing something wrong I have to help them. But when I do something wrong they help me."

Last year's pass defense ranked at the bottom of the SEC, but so far this season, the Gators rank third allowing just 140 yards a game. Wright said the year of experience has really helped the group grow closer together.

"We're playing together as a team, and we have more chemistry out there," Wright said. "Me and Ahmad [Black] have good chemistry. We communicate and watch film together. We learn together. I look at him, he looks at me, and we communicate and make the play."

During last week's win against Tennessee, cornerback Janoris Jenkins had a big game picking off a pass in the end zone and forcing a fumble. Wright said it wasn't much of a surprise to see Jenkins play so well.

"He's a great player and a great person," he said. "I wasn't surprised at all. He plays his hardest everyday. He's the type of corner that if you tell him what he's doing wrong he's going to go out and fix it."

But he had some advice for his teammate after he tried to run his interception out of the end zone.

"Take a knee," Wright said. "I was trying to go get him and take a knee, but he wanted to run it back."

Wright has a pass breakup and an interception that he returned 32 yards for a touchdown to go along with his 13 tackles this season.


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