First Underclassman Enters Draft

As the college season winds down, more and more eligible underclassmen will officially make their future plans public. The first of many non-seniors expected to throw his name into next April's draft has made it official.

After a successful return from a knee injury which put him on the sidelines for almost two seasons, Fresno State running back Dwayne Wright announced he will skip his final year and file for the NFL draft.

Wright made his announcement after Saturday's victory over Idaho, the team's final home game this season.  Fresno State has two games remaining in their season.

In 10 games this season, Wright has rushed for 975 yards with nine scores.  The running back also leads the team with 25 receptions, which in large part is a testament to the disappointing campaign of the Bulldogs talented senior receivers.

Wright, who transferred to Fresno from West Hills junior college in time for the 2003 season, posted a career-best 1,038 yards with a 5.5-yards-per-carry average as a sophomore.

Two games into the '04 season he suffered a major knee injury, tearing his left patellar tendon.  Wright then sat on the sidelines the next two seasons rehabbing the injury.

At 6 feet and 215 pounds, Wright has excellent size which he combines with top running skills.  Offering first-day potential, medical exams on his surgically repaired knee will dictate whether or not he is ultimately selected during the first day of next April's draft.


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