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.
JORDAN WRIGHT WITH A WILD INT pic.twitter.com/kV5gmTcPEM— PFF College (@PFF_College) September 11, 2022
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.
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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