"I enjoyed my time in Gainesville, they were some of the best years of my life," Major Wright said. "Beyond winning championships, I will take with me some great memories of personal friendships from my teammates and lessons learned from the coaching staff. I will always be a Gator and look forward to watching them play from the sidelines in the future."
"Major will be missed in our secondary and by his teammates," said
head coach Urban Meyer. "He was a physical player who had a presence
on the football field and was someone our players looked up to and
gravitated to. They enjoyed being around him both on and off the field.
We wish him the best of luck."
In his three years at UF, Wright was part of two SEC Eastern
Division-winning teams, including the 2008 National and SEC Champions.
He finished his collegiate career with 165 tackles, 10 passes defended,
eight interceptions, four forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in 41
This past season, the 6-foot-0, 204-pound defender tied for second on
the Gators with three interceptions and registered 32 tackles, 28 of
which were solo. In his final appearance for the Orange and Blue, Wright
notched four tackles and broke up a pass in UF's 51-24 victory over
Cincinnati in the 2010 Allstate Sugar Bowl. He made a key pick in the
fourth quarter at Mississippi State at the one-yard line and totaled a
season-high eight tackles in the SEC Championship Game.
As a sophomore, Wright started all 14 contests, tied for second on the
team with four interceptions and was third with 66 total tackles. He
earned honorable mention All-Sophomore recognition from College Football
News. In the BCS National Championship Game against Oklahoma, Wright
collected nine tackles and also picked off a pass at the goal line from
Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Sam Bradford that prevented the
Sooners from scoring at the end of the first half. In the Homecoming win
over Kentucky, he returned a blocked field goal 37 yards to set up a
Wright started seven games in his freshman campaign, when he was named
to the Coaches' Freshman All-SEC team and as a Second-Team Freshman
All-American by Rivals.com. In addition, he earned first-team
All-American honors from CollegeFootballNews.com, was a Freshman
All-American Honorable Mention from Sporting News and was selected to
the SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll. Wright ranked third on the team
and first among freshmen in total tackles with 67, the fifth-highest
total by any freshman in the SEC. He led the team and tied for first in
the SEC in forced fumbles with four on the season, including one in
back-to-back games versus Ole Miss and Auburn. No other SEC freshman was
in the top 10 in that category and the four forced fumbles were the most
by a Florida player since Guss Scott had five in 2003 and the most by
any Florida freshman since the statistic began being kept in 1982.
The NFL Draft will be held April 22-24 at Radio City Music Hall in New
Wright Headed to the NFL
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