With the footballing season having drawn to a close several months ago and the 2019 NFL Draft behind us, it’s time for us fans to investigate the prospects who we should look out for in the forthcoming NCAA campaign which commences on August 25, 2019.
With that in mind, I’d like to document one of my favourite players in this seasons talent pool – Isaiah Wright. I was lucky enough to witness his talents in person last season against ECU, and look forward to his progression within his Senior year at Temple University.
So, why am I so excited about Wright? Time to find out.
- Physically imposing wide receiver who weighs in at 220lbs, whilst he stands at 6’2″ tall.
- Wright went to high school in Hartford, Connecticut, where he shone as a dual-threat athletic prospect. There he excelled as both a wide receiver and defensive back under his head coach, Jason Martinez, at Kingswood-Oxford High.
- Posted 91 receptions for 1,917 yards and 19 touchdowns in his high school career as a WR.
- Amassed 74 total tackles, 4 interceptions and 2 fumble recoveries when used as a DB.
- Was rated as a three-star prospect by 247sports.com.
- He majored in adult and organisational management.
Collegiate Career Statistics (Receiving)
2016 (Freshman Year): 12 GP – 8 receptions for 74 yards, 9.3 ypc.
2017 (Sophomore Year): 13 GP – 46 receptions for 688 yards, 14.5 ypc, 4 TD’s.
2018 (Junior Year): 13 GP – 33 receptions for 368 yards, 11.2 ypc, 3 TD’s.
Collegiate Career Statistics (Kick Returns)
2016 (Freshman Year): 11 returns for 278 yards, 25.3 AVG/R.
2017 (Sophomore Year): 13 returns for 324 yards, 24.9 AVG/R, 1 TD.
2018 (Junior Year): 33 returns for 873 yards, 26.5 AVG/R, 1 TD.
Collegiate Career Statistics (Punt Returns)
2016 (Freshman Year): 2 returns for 17 yards, 8.5 AVG/PR.
2017 (Sophomore Year): 11 returns for 109 yards, 9.9 AVG/PR, 1 TD.
2018 (Junior Year): 19 returns for 249 yards, 13.1 AVG/PR, 2 TD’s.
- Sporting News First Team All-American (2018).
- AAC Special Teams Player of the Year (2018).
- First Team All-AAC (2018).
- Phil Steele First Team All-ACC (2018).
- First Team All-ECAC (2018).
- First Team All-Conference Return Specialist (2017).
What’s To Like
One of the most impressive things about Isaiah Wright is his athletic ability. At 6-2 he possesses fantastic length and a wide catch radius, which allows him to make acrobatic plays and contested catches often. On top of his height, you’d think being 220lbs would limit his pace, right? Nope, not in Wright’s case. He’s able to maintain blistering speed and agility regardless of his larger frame, something he utilised immensely through his first three seasons at the collegiate level.
Whilst Wright may be a wide receiver by trade, his ability as a return specialist is undeniable. The most impressive aspect of his game as a return specialist is his diagnoses of the field in-front of him. He uses that IQ to identify a route which will be successful in gaining positive yardage. Moreover, he is crafty in his return by combining speed and agility in order to evade oncoming tacklers.
As a receiver Wright boasts a truly diverse route tree and can be used in a variety of packages. In his days at Temple, he’s been used as the ‘X’ receiver, but also in the slot, finding a great deal of success in both. Furthermore, he can be implemented in alternative setups, which included being utilised in the ‘wildcat’ formation, as well as the running back position.
What Does 2019 Have In Store For Wright?
Entering his Senior collegiate campaign in 2019, Isaiah Wright appears set to take the ACC conference by storm. At present, he boasts all of the attributes needed to dominate next season, whilst he has established himself as the no.1 receiver on Temple’s offence. In addition, he will likely have the best year of his career to date on special teams as he has proved himself as the team’s top return specialist which will only enhance his stock ahead of the 2020 NFL Draft. I, for one, cannot wait for the season to kickoff, can you?
Image & Statistical Credits – owlsports.com.