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Jordan Wright receiving high praise after impressive performance against Florida

Wright’s performance caught the attention of the SEC and NFL scouts.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 10 Kentucky at Florida Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

After missing Week 1 for an eligibility concern, linebacker Jordan Wright was excited to get back on the field and make his season debut against Florida, and boy did he make a difference.

In a career night for Wright, the super-senior and team captain recorded six tackles, two tackles for loss, a sack, a forced fumble, and this one-handed interception that changed the game.

Wright’s impressive performance has earned him some high praise this week. On Monday, Wright was announced as the SEC Co-Defensive Player of the Week, the second of his career (Mississippi State, 2020).

Following up on Tuesday, the Reese’s Senior Bowl named Wright a “Stock Up” Player of the Week.

On top of the awards, the UK football star has received some attention from NFL Draft scouts with On3’s Matt Zenitz tabbing him as a player “who could be making a late-career ascension.”

Kentucky’s trip to the Swamp drew top-billing as a showdown of potential first-round quarterbacks – UK’s Will Levis and UF’s Anthony Richardson – but our scout left Gainesville most impressed by Jordan Wright. He finished with six tackles, two tackles for loss, one sack and a highlight-worthy and game-changing one-handed interception. Wright, who measured a hair over 6-3 for NFL scouts, has unique length considering he has a wingspan (82 inches) of someone 6-10. NFL teams typically like to dig into a player’s athletic background and when they do research on Wright, they’ll find he led Fort Lauderdale Dillard to a Class 6A state basketball title as a junior. He also was named All-Broward County in hoops. Just based off this impressive live look against the Gators, Wright looks like someone who could be making a late-career ascension.

Wright’s postgame interview via KSR can be seen here, where he talks about his “top three, top four” performance as a Kentucky Wildcat.

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