The sophomore from Vero Beach, Fla., who hardly received any playing time in 2013, has been a key contributor for his team this season. Wright has 20 tackles, three behind team co-leaders Hakim Jones and Jerod Fernandez, and has forced a fumble to help lead State to its first 3-0 start since 2010 and match the win total from last year.
The Wolfpack defense, which allowed 57 points in its first two contests, improved dramatically in the win Saturday at South Florida. The Bulls were limited to 17 in the rout, with a late touchdown coming from an interception return.
For Wright, the improvements, both individually and collectively, have been a part of the undertaking to get N.C. State back into the national spotlight.
"The first couple of games it was a process," Wright said. "I played well, but I still have a lot to work on. I just try to go out there and play with energy and help the team any way I can."
The Pack did clamp down in the second half of both contests. N.C. State has out-scored its opposition 28-9 in the fourth quarter this season and Wright feels that it's is not so much adjustments that help himself and the team in the second half as it is the encouragement of the coaching staff.
"The coaches always tell me to come out in the second half and worry about the next play," Wright said. "[His teammates] tell me to go out and focus on my keys. That helps me out to know that the whole team is backing me up."
With a young team, most would think leaders need to emerge to guide the Pack to success. On defense, Wright insists that it is a collective guidance.
"We all rally within the defense," Wright said. "It is not just one person. Everyone steps up to be a leader on gameday."
With the non-conference season winding down, Wright and N.C. State will have to continue to grow if the program is to improve in 2014 and eventually reach elite status.
The sophomore is confident that the Pack has talent and any mistakes made in the process can and will be corrected as the team returns to respectability.
"It's exciting to be out there again," Wright said of his increased playing time this season. "I have done some things in coverage that have got me in trouble and we've made some mistakes but it is nothing that cannot be worked on. It is all mental. When it comes my time, I will make the tackle."