Jarius Wright

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Jarius Wright
Jarius Wright University of Arkansas.jpg
No. 17 Minnesota Vikings
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-11-25) November 25, 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth: Warren, Arkansas
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight: 191 lb (87 kg)
Career information
High school: Warren (AR)
College: Arkansas
NFL draft: 2012 / Round: 4 / Pick: 118
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • First-team All-SEC (2011)
Career NFL statistics as of 2014
Receptions: 90
Receiving Yards: 1,332
Receiving TDs: 7
Stats at NFL.com

Jarius Wright (born November 25, 1989) is an American football wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Vikings in the fourth round, 118th pick overall of the 2012 NFL Draft. He played college football for the University of Arkansas Razorbacks, where he was an All-SEC first team selection in 2011.

Early years[edit]

Wright attended Warren High School in Warren, Arkansas, where he participated in football, basketball and track and was teammates with Greg Childs and Chris Gragg. He was an All-State choice during his junior season when he finished with 51 receptions, 1,086 yards and 15 touchdowns to go with 5 more scores on kick and punt returns. As a senior in 2007, he was named to the All-State team and the All-Arkansas team by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette after racking up 58 receptions for 1,350 yards and 15 touchdowns and returning 3 kicks for touchdowns. He also earned a spot on the Associated Press (AP) Super Team.[1]

In track & field, Wright scored eight in the 55-meter dash at the 2007 Arkansas 1A-4A Indoor State Championships, and set a personal-best time of 6.79 seconds in the preliminary rounds.[2] In addition, he also owned a 4.4-second 40-yard dash.

Regarded as a four-star recuit by Rivals.com, Wright was ranked as the No. 218 player in the nation, as well as the No. 18 wide receiver and No. 3 player in the state of Arkansas. Wright chose Arkansas over scholarship offers from Oklahoma, Tennessee and Mississippi, among others.[3]

College career[edit]

Wright played college football for the University of Arkansas Razorbacks from 2008 to 2011, and was an All-SEC first team selection as a senior in 2011. He appeared in 50 games during his Arkansas career, making 44 starts and missing only 1 game during his career. He ranks 1st in the school's record books in receptions (168) and receiving yards (2,934), and also ranks 5th all-time in SEC history in receiving yards. His 24 career receiving touchdowns ranks 2nd in school history and tied for 15th in SEC history. He had 9 100+ yard games, which tied for 2nd in program history.

In 2009, Wright was named Arkansas’ Outstanding Offensive Player in the Liberty Bowl vs. East Carolina when he had 4 catches for 90 yards and 1 touchdown.

He hauled in a career long 89-yard score in 2010 versus Mississippi State.

Wright set single-season records for Arkansas as a senior in 2011 with 66 receptions, 1,117 yards and 12 touchdowns despite missing 1 game. He was named SEC Co-Offensive Player of the Week after torching Texas A&M with 13 receptions for 281 yards and 2 touchdowns; the 281 yards was 2nd in SEC history and an Arkansas single-game record, and the 13 receptions tied the record for receptions in a game.[4] For his play, he was a first team All-SEC selection.[5] He helped Arkansas to an 11-2 overall record in 2011, win the Cotton Bowl over Kansas State 29-16, and finish ranked #5 in the final polls.

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
5 ft 10 in 182 lb 31 1/2 in 8 1/2 in 4.42 s 1.53 s 2.56 s 4.03 s 6.93 s 38 in 10 ft 0 in 11 reps
All values from NFL Combine[6]

Minnesota Vikings[edit]

On April 28, 2012, Wright was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the 4th round (#118 overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft, joining former college and high school teammate Greg Childs in the Vikings 2012 draft class, selected 16 spots later (#134 overall). He was the 1st of 3 Vikings picks in the 4th Round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He made his NFL debut against the Detroit Lions on November 11, 2012, catching three passes from quarterback Christian Ponder for 65 yards and a touchdown. He had the 2 longest catches by Vikings during his rookie season in 2012 with 65 and 54-yarders. He helped set a Vikings record when 5 rookies started a game vs. the Chicago Bears on November 25, joining Matt Kalil, Rhett Ellison, Josh Robinson and Harrison Smith.

As a rookie in 2012, Wright hauled in 2 touchdowns on the season to lead Vikings rookies. He played in final 7 regular season games and the Wild Card playoff at Green Bay with 1 start in the regular season vs. Chicago. He reeled in the 2 longest passes on the Vikings season with a 65 yarder vs. Green Bay and a 54-yarder vs. Detroit. His 1st NFL reception in his 1st game was a 54-yard strike from Christian Ponder vs. Detroit. He had a career-high 7 catches in his 2nd career game at Chicago. He scored his 1st career TD on a 3-yarder from Ponder vs. Detroit. Also hauled in an 8-yard score vs. Green Bay in the season finale.

In 2013, Wright scored a new career-high with 3 touchdowns, including 2 against the eventual Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks top ranked defense and the first one a 38-yard touchdown burning first team all-pro corner Richard Sherman. He hauled in a career-long 95 receiving yards in an upset win over the playoff-bound Philadelphia Eagles. His lone catch at Cincinnati was a 36-yard touchdown pass from Matt Cassel. He started in the season finale game vs. the Detroit, the final game at the Mall of America Field. He started against the Seattle Seahawks in place of injured Greg Jennings, reeling in a career-best pair of touchdown catches, a 38-yarder from Christian Ponder and a 21-yarder from backup Matt Cassel. He had a season-high 3 catches vs. the Cleveland Browns.

Career Stats[edit]

Year Team Games Receptions Targets Receiving Yards Yards per Reception Longest Reception Receiving Touchdowns First Downs Fumbles Fumbles Lost
2012 MIN 7 22 36 310 14.1 65 2 13 0 0
2013 MIN 16 26 43 434 16.7 42 3 20 0 0
2014 MIN 16 42 62 588 14.0 87 2 25 0 0
Total Total 39 90 141 1,332 14.8 87 7 58 0 0

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Personal life[edit]

Wright studied sociology at the University of Arkansas and was named to the Razorback Honor Roll in the fall of 2011 based on his performance in the classroom. He sponsors an AAU basketball team in his hometown. He is also an avid outdoorsman, enjoys fishing, hiking and boating. His father is a retired Arkansas state trooper and Army reservist.

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