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Player Profile Series: Darrian Wright
Position: Nose Tackle
Size: 6-2, 280 lbs
High School: Dayton
2012 Review: Darrian Wright was stuck behind one of the most productive players on SMU's defense last year in Torian Pittman at nose tackle. But Wright still managed to play in all 13 games for the Mustangs and recorded 12 total tackles.
He also had 2 hits on the quarterback, 2 fumble recoveries, and returned an interception for a touchdown against Houston. He showed an ability to be a dominant force in the trenches for the Mustangs if given proper and consistent playing time.
2013 Outlook: Nose tackle is probably the weakest position on the roster for the Mustangs next season. There is absolutely no depth behind Wright, so he will be counted on to produce a lot. Redshirt freshman Nick Reed and walk on Gareth Riley-Ayers are both big question marks heading into the season at nose.
Wright will use his size and athleticism to cause disruption in opposing backfields. In the Mustang's 3-4 defense, the interior lineman have the responsibility of plugging up holes to stop ball carriers and create space for linebackers to come up and make tackles. It requires heavy penetration and the ability to fight off multiple blocks.
Pittman did a terrific job of that last season and Wright should be able to replace him this year. Nose tackles don't usually put up big stats in the 3-4, but Wright will still have a major impact on the Mustang defense with his play on the inside. He will also step into a leadership role across the young defensive line and could be a breakout player next season for SMU.
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