For the second-straight week, Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright is the Pac-12 Conference Defensive Player of the Week, it was announce by the league on Monday. He's the only FBS player to rank in the top 20 in each of these categories: tackles, tackles for loss, sacks and forced fumbles.
Wright continues to dominate against Pac-12 competition, evidenced by another career-best game at then-No. 25 UCLA on Saturday. The sophomore racked up a career-high 19 tackles, including 11 solo stops, to go with another career-best tally of 4.5 tackles for loss. He also registered three sacks to match a career high set in his previous game at Washington State. Wright's tenacious effort helped limit the Bruins to a season-low 17 points, some 19 points below their season-average (35.8).
The performance was the latest in a string of sensational efforts by Wright against Pac-12 competition. In only five games against league foes, Wright has totaled 64 tackles, 15.5 for loss, 10.0 sacks, five forced fumbles (No. 1 among FBS players) and one fumble recovery. For the season, Wright's numbers have climbed to 97 tackles, 18.5 for loss and 12.0 sacks. He is fourth nationally with 12.1 tackles per game, second nationally with 2.3 tackles for loss per game and second nationally with 1.50 sacks per game.
With his 12.0 total tackles for loss this year, Wright is already tied for fourth on the school's single-season chart (records for sacks date to 1976) and is one tackle for loss away from entering the top-five in that category (TFL records date to 1967).