Top 25: WR Tim Wright (No. 13)

Rutgers has talent at receiver, but almost all of it is unproven and untested. Coming off a strong spring and with an opportunity to make a big contribution in front of him, red-shirt sophomore Tim Wright's importance cannot be underscored enough. It is why the 6-foot-4, 215-pound Wright is No. 13 on's Top 25 countdown of the most important players for the 2010 season.

Timothy Wright enters his third season in the program, but does not have a catch on his resume.

He played in 12 games last season, and even made start, but rarely had a ball thrown his way.

So, why is he No. 13 on's Top 25 countdown of the most important players heading into the 2010 season?


Mohamed Sanu is the only proven returning receiver, and defenses will be keyed on stopping him. There is plenty of room for someone else to emerge, and coming off a stellar spring, the big-bodied Wright is in position to make an impact.

The 6-foot-4, 216-pound Wright has the size to excel over the middle, and the ability to catch balls in traffic. He also has the speed to get down the field, but needs to prove he can do it against Big East competition, and on a consistent basis.

As a senior at Wall (N.J.) High, Wright was a dependable receiver. He caught 23 passes for 347 yards in his final year there, but his base for playing the position was limited. Wright spent time playing receiver, quarterback and running back during his final season at Wall, and that played a role in his early development with the Scarlet Knights. He had to be taught many of the fundamentals any receivers possess when entering college.

After red-shirting in 2008, he was an afterthought last year behind Tim Brown and Sanu.

In the offseason he worked diligently on making sure he understood the offense, getting stronger and working closely with new receivers coach P.J. Fleck on his technique, with an emphasis on getting in and out of his breaks quickly and playing at a fast but relaxing pace.

Wright said his increased workout load was needed because he understands the Scarlet Knights' urgency to build receiver depth, which was virtually non-existent last season. Sanu and Brown combined for 106 catches. The rest of the receivers had 13 catches.

Wright exited spring second on the depth chart behind Sanu, and it is vital to find a reliable player to take some of the pressure off Sanu and keep him fresh for the season.

If Wright cannot handle the responsibility, other options, particularly a few of the incoming freshmen like Jordan Thomas and Jeremy Deering, will be looked at but he is part of the initial top four receivers, along with Sanu, Mark Harrison and Quron Pratt.

However, given the way Wright performed in the spring, he appears ready to become a significant contributor to the offense.

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