K. J. Wright

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K.J. Wright
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Wright in the 2011 preseason.
No. 50     Seattle Seahawks
Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-07-23) July 23, 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth: Memphis, Tennessee
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 246 lb (112 kg)
Career information
High school: Olive Branch (MS)
College: Mississippi State
NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 4 / Pick: 99
Debuted in 2011 for the Seattle Seahawks
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2014
Tackles 350
Sacks 6.5
Interceptions 1
Forced fumbles 5
Stats at NFL.com

Kenneth Bernard Wright, Jr. (born July 23, 1989) is an American football linebacker for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Seahawks in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft.[1] He played college football at Mississippi State.

High school career[edit]

Wright attended Olive Branch High School in Olive Branch, Mississippi, where he was a three-sport athlete in football, basketball and track. He was named first-team, all-state on the defensive line by The Clarion-Ledger. He recorded 91 total tackles during his senior season in which 48 of them were solo tackles. He was listed as the number 19 prospect in Mississippi following his senior season according to Rivals.com.[2] He was awarded with his performance with top scholarship offers from Auburn, Arkansas, Ole Miss, and South Carolina. He committed to Mississippi State during his Senior year of high school.

College career[edit]

K.J. Wright played for Mississippi State during his College career. He held onto the number 34 while playing for Mississippi State and played the linebacker position. During his sophomore season, he was promoted as a starter on the defensive unit as an Outside Linebacker. He then began to start for the rest of his college career except for his senior year, when he did not start for two games due to formation changes. He still started ten out of twelve games during his senior year.

Season Games played Games started Tackles Sacks Pass breakups Forced fumbles QB hurries
2007 10 0 7 4 0 0 0
2008 12 12 72 4 3 1 3
2009 12 10 81 2 2 1 4
2010 13 13 98 4 9 1 4

Professional career[edit]

Seahawks[edit]

Wright was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL draft. He started to see playing time behind Aaron Curry. He then replaced Curry as a starter after Curry struggled against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second week of the season.[3] Aaron Curry was then traded to the Oakland Raiders.

From 2012-2014, KJ Wright started 44 of a possible 48 games for the Seahawks, mostly playing weakside linebacker in the 4-3 defensive scheme.[4] The Seahawks defense lead the league in fewest points allowed in all three of those seasons.[5] Over those three seasons, Wright recorded 285 total tackles, 4.5 sacks, 5 forced fumbles, 1 interception, 13 passes defensed, and 19 tackles for loss. During that time, Wright also started 7 of a possible 8 postseason contests, registering 47 total tackles, 3 passes defensed, and 3 tackles for loss, contributing to a run that included a victory in Super Bowl XLVIII and an appearance in Super Bowl XLIX.

NFL career statistics[edit]

Career statistics Tackles Sacks Interceptions Other
Season Team Games Solo Ast Total Sack YdsL Int Yds IntTD DefTD 6 FFum PD Safety
2011 Seattle 16 50 15 65 2.0 10 0 0 0 0 0 2 0

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