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DeAndre Wright Biography

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Wright was one of the premier cornerbacks in the nation in his final three seasons after making a big splash in the lineup as a red-shirt freshman safety in 2005. He is blessed with excellent speed and athleticism, along with a natural nose for the ball to eliminate his side of the field. He and fellow senior Glover Quin formed one of the top CB tandems in the country during their three years together, leading the Lobo pass defense to a ranking of 20th nationally in 2007.

Wright started 43-of-48 games at New Mexico; 36 at cornerback and five at free safety… Recorded 159 tackles (92 solos) with four sacks and 10.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage…Caused two fumbles and returned a fumble recovery 29 yards…Ranks tied for sixth in school history with 25 pass deflections and gained 150 yards on ten interception returns…Added 543 yards on 23 kickoff returns (23.6 avg).


Wright was a sensational in the last two months of the year, but missed the Nevada-Las Vegas game after suffering what should have been a season-ending dislocated left shoulder late in the week vs. Utah…Despite his team being eliminated from bowl contention and ignoring concerns for his pro future, he put himself back in the starting lineup in the season finale at Colorado State, playing with two badly injured shoulders… Finished with 30 tackles (18 solos) and two stops for loss…Deflected five passes and gained 19 yards on a pair of interceptions…Also returned six kickoffs for 134 yards (22.3 avg)…Allowed just four long completions (15+ yards) in man coverage all year and was particularly stingy in his final seven games, as opponents threw at him just 16 times, resulting in four pass break-ups, two interceptions and just one long pass (15 yards).


Eliminated his side of the field for much of the night against the high powered passing attack…was thrown at 3 times in man coverage late in the game…helped the Lobo secondary frustrate Sr. QB Willie Tuitama much of the night as he completed just 54% of his passes, was intercepted twice and often struggled to find open receivers downfield
Utah…Faced more passes than he had the previous 5 weeks combined, but allowed just 1 long completion (15 yards) and intercepted a fade pass to the end zone late in the 4th quarter to keep it a 3-point game…landed awkardly, however, suffering a dislocated shoulder on the play…had 6 tackles and a 2-yard TFL before leaving the game.

New Mexico State…Quietly turned in a sensational performance against one of the nation’s top passing teams…didn’t give QB Chase Holbrook any passing targets downfield…was thrown at just once all night in man coverage, resulting in a mere 3-yard completion…also snared a deflected pass for his first interception of the season, returning the ball 19 yards to the Aggie 21 to set up a 3rd quarter FG…helped the secondary hold NMSU to just 129 2nd half passing yards after a slow start.

Wyoming…Blanketed receivers on his side of the field as he was never challenged in man coverage all night…helped limit the Cowboys to just 71 yards passing…missed 2 snaps after delivering a big shot on a TE, but showed no ill effects.

Brigham Young…Turned in his best game of the season, helping to hold the Cougars’ elite passing offense 75 yards under its average…racked up a career-high 3 pass break-ups – all in the 1st half…2 PBUs on 3rd down plays and a third was a diving play in the end zone to prevent a TD…allowed just a single 3-yard catch in man coverage, which forced a punt on the next play…faced 4 passes, but just 1 in the 2nd half…missed 1 snap with a shoulder injury, but never backed down against repeated attempts to run at him.

San Diego State…Gave the Aztecs no place to go in his 3 quarters of work, helping the secondary hold the Aztecs to just 161 yards passing – 79 under their season average… thrown at once downfield, resulting in a pass out of bounds…blew up 2 screen passes…hit the WR as he caught the ball to notch a break-up on the play and later dropped the WR for a TFL – his only stop of the game…sat the entire 4th quarter in the blowout victory.

Air Force…Was not challenged through the air all night…lone tackle came when he raced upfield and flattened a Falcon RB in the open field on a 3rd-and-4 play.

Colorado State…Defied all odds when he to the starting lineup in his career finale…played most of the game with his 2 badly injuried shoulders that gave him very little strength or range of motion in his arms…couldn’t make any plays on the ball, but his coverage was strong enough to draw only 3 passes downfield in man coverage and none completed for more than 15 yards…brought down burly RB Gartrell Johnson on both his tackles, including a 1-yard gain on his 2nd stop.


First team all-MWC honoree who led the team with 12 passes defended, including a team-high 3 interceptions (career-high 67 return yards) and 9 break ups…outstanding over the last 10 games, notching 6 pass break-ups, 2 INTs and allowing just 2 long passes (15+ yards)…numbers were particularly impressive considering many opponents didn’t challenge him downfield…thrown at just 11 times in man coverage in the final 7 games (4 times at Utah)…did not allow a single downfield pass completion vs. Air Force and Sacramento State…1 INT and 1 PBU in the end zone…allowed just 6 long passes (15+ yards) all year – with 4 coming in early games vs. New Mexico State (No. 5) and Arizona’s (No. 10) nationally-ranked passing attacks…36 tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss, and a 29-yard fumble return.


(New Mexico Bowl)…Recorded another break-up, allowed no long passes and had 3 solo stops…ranked fifth nationally in pass efficiency during the regular season, Nevada completed just 13-31 (42%) passes for 137 yards.

Nevada-Las Vegas…Allowed just an 8-yard catch on the only pass he faced…didn’t have a single pass thrown at him in the final 2 1/2 quarters.

Utah…Recorded 5 tackles and sparked the Lobos with a career-long 42-yard INT return on the Utes’ opening drive of the 2nd half…flew over to the opposite side of the field and lept to snare Brian Johnson’s deep 3rd down pass…raced to the Utah 11 to set up the Lobos’ first TD…didn’t allow any long passes and had a 2-yard TFL.

Air Force…3 tackles and eliminated his side of the field as the Falcons didn’t throw a pass his way all night…at San Diego State…Allowed just 1 completion for 3 yards and had a PBU to help hold the MWC’s No. 2 passing offense 139 under its season average.

Wyoming…No long balls allowed and broke up 2 passes – both on 3rd down…ripped the ball out of Hoost Marsh’s hands near the goal line to hold UW to a FG.

Brigham Young…Recorded an interception, 2 PBUs and didn’t allow any long passes… picked off a fade pass to the end zone and made an acrobatic deflection on a deep pass down the middle…nearly had another INT when he jumped a crossing route on the first play of the 3rd quarter and wasn’t thrown at again the rest of the game…season-high 5 tackles.

Sacramento State…Didn’t have a single pass completed downfield against him as the Hornets finished with just 27 yards passing.

Texas-El Paso…25-yard INT, 2 PBUs and no long passes allowed…INT killed a Miner drive at midfield and led to a Lobo FG.


Second team all-MWC selection who emerged as one of the premier cover men in the league in his first 13 games (all starts) at cornerback…led the MWC with 14 passes defended, including a team-high 4 interceptions (T2nd MWC)…also had 10 pass break-ups (2nd MWC)…2 PBUs and 1 INT came in the end zone…47 tackles, including 1 TFL… displayed outstanding consistency for a first-year corner and rarely gave up any deep balls…10 passes defended (7 PBUs, 3 INTs) in 8 league games (1st MWC), helping the Lobos rank 4th in pass efficiency defense…also emerged as the top kick returner in the MWC, averaging 25.9 yards on his 14 run-backs…average was the best by a Lobo (min. 10 returns) since 1996…had a long of 60 – the best at UNM since 2001.


One of the best players in the Lobo secondary in his rookie season, garnering honorable mention Freshman All-America honors from The Sporting News…role increased throughout the season and he did a little bit of everything in his 11 games (6 starts)…6.0 tackles for loss (5 solo, 2 assisted) and 4.0 sacks (3 solo, 2 assisted) led all Lobo DBs…46 tackles (23 solo)…team-high 2 fumbles forced…also 3 QB hurries, 1 INT and 1 PBU…outstanding in the 2nd half of the season…34 tackles (5.7 avg.), 4.5 TFLs (-24 yds.) and 3.5 sacks (-22 yds.) in the final 6 games.


Red-shirted as a freshman.


A 2004 graduate of Gwynn Park HS in Clinton, Md…a two-year starter at running back…rushed for 1,363 yards and 16 TDs as a senior, earning all-county honors…played for head coach Danny Hayes.


Born April 13, 1986, in Washington, D.C…full name is DeAndre Scott Wright…father’s name is Will…University Studies major.

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