NEW MEXICO:Was one of the premier cornerbacks in the nation in his final three seasons after making a big splash in the lineup as a redshirt freshman safety in 2005...first team all-MWC pick as a junior and a second team honoree as a first-year starter at CB in 2006 and after an injury shortened senior season...was also a candidate for the Nagurski and Thorpe Awards in 2008...used excellent speed and athleticism, along with a natural nose for the ball to eliminate his side of the field...finished his career with 25 pass break-ups (T-6th at UNM), 10 interceptions (150 yards) and 159 tackles (10.5 TFL, 4.0 sacks) in his 48-game career (43 starts)...started his final 41 games with the last 36 coming at corner...missed week 11 of his senior year after dislocating his left shoulder - the only game he did not play in his career - but put himself back in the starting lineup in his last collegiate game despite playing with two badly injured shoulders...recorded 25 PBUs and 9 INTs after moving from safety to corner in `06...he and fellow senior Glover Quin formed one of the top CB tandems in the country during their three years together, leading the Lobo pass defense to a No. 20 national ranking in 2007...was also an explosive return man earlier in his career, leading the MWC with a 25.9-yard average on kickoffs in `06...performance on gameday started on the practice field, where he took great pride in polishing his technique and leading the team by example...made real improvement in the weight room over his last two years...315 max in the bench, 308 in the power clean and 475 in the squat...Honorable Mention Freshman All-American at safety (6 starts) in `05...moved to CB just a few weeks before the `06 season began and quickly surged up the depth chart...a standout tailback in high school, but did not play on defense until he arrived at UNM...was not able to play in any senior all-star games after undergoing offseason shoulder surgery, but received an invite to the NFL Scouting Combine.
`08 HIGHLIGHTS: (at Colorado State)...Defied all odds when he to the starting lineup in his career finale...played most of the game with his 2 badly injuried shoulders that gave him very little strength or range of motion in his arms...couldn't make any plays on the ball, but his coverage was strong enough to draw only 3 passes downfield in man coverage and none completed for more than 15 yards...brought down burly RB Gartrell Johnson on both his tackles, including a 1-yard gain on his 2nd stop...(vs. No. 9 Utah)...Faced more passes than he had the previous 5 weeks combined, but allowed just 1 long completion (15 yards) and intercepted a fade pass to the end zone late in the 4th quarter to keep it a 3-point game...landed awkardly, however, suffering a dislocated shoulder on the play...had 6 tackles and a 2-yard TFL before leaving the game...(at Air Force)...Was not challenged through the air all night...lone tackle came when he raced upfield and flattened a Falcon RB in the open field on a 3rd-and-4 play...(vs. San Diego State)...Gave the Aztecs no place to go in his 3 quarters of work, helping the secondary hold the Aztecs to just 161 yards passing - 79 under their season average...thrown at once downfield, resulting in a pass out of bounds...blew up 2 screen passes...hit the WR as he caught the ball to notch a break-up on the play and later dropped the WR for a TFL - his only stop of the game...sat the entire 4th quarter in the blowout victory...(at No. 8 BYU)...Turned in his best game of the season, helping to hold the Cougars' elite passing offense 75 yards under its average...racked up a career-high 3 pass break-ups - all in the 1st half...2 PBUs on 3rd down plays and a third was a diving play in the end zone to prevent a TD...allowed just a single 3-yard catch in man coverage, which forced a punt on the next play...faced 4 passes, but just 1 in the 2nd half...missed 1 snap with a shoulder injury, but never backed down against repeated attempts to run at him...(vs. Wyoming)...Blanketed receivers on his side of the field as he was never challenged in man coverage all night...helped limit the Cowboys to just 71 yards passing...missed 2 snaps after delivering a big shot on a TE, but showed no ill effects...2 tackles...(at New Mexico State)...Quietly turned in a sensational performance against one of the nation's top passing teams...didn't give QB Chase Holbrook any passing targets downfield...was thrown at just once all night in man coverage, resulting in a mere 3-yard completion...also snared a deflected pass for his first interception of the season, returning the ball 19 yards to the Aggie 21 to set up a 3rd quarter FG...helped the secondary hold NMSU to just 129 2nd half passing yards after a slow start...(vs. Arizona)...Eliminated his side of the field for much of the night against the high powered passing attack...was thrown at 3 times in man coverage late in the game...helped the Lobo secondary frustrate Sr. QB Willie Tuitama much of the night as he completed just 54% of his passes, was intercepted twice and often struggled to find open receivers downfield.
`07 HIGHLIGHTS: vs. Nevada (New Mexico Bowl)...Recorded another break-up, allowed no long passes and had 3 solo stops...ranked fifth nationally in pass efficiency during the regular season, Nevada completed just 13-31 (42%) passes for 137 yards...vs. UNLV...Allowed just an 8-yard catch on the only pass he faced...didn't have a single pass thrown at him in the final 2 1/2 quarters...at Utah...Recorded 5 tackles and sparked the Lobos with a career-long 42-yard INT return on the Utes' opening drive of the 2nd half...flew over to the opposite side of the field and lept to snare Brian Johnson's deep 3rd down pass...raced to the Utah 11 to set up the Lobos' first TD...didn't allow any long passes and had a 2-yard TFL...vs. Air Force...3 tackles and eliminated his side of the field as the Falcons didn't throw a pass his way all night...at San Diego State...Allowed just 1 completion for 3 yards and had a PBU to help hold the MWC's No. 2 passing offense 139 under its season average...at Wyoming...No long balls allowed and broke up 2 passes - both on 3rd down...ripped the ball out of Hoost Marsh's hands near the goal line to hold UW to a FG...vs. BYU...Recorded an interception, 2 PBUs and didn't allow any long passes...picked off a fade pass to the end zone and made an acrobatic deflection on a deep pass down the middle...nearly had another INT when he jumped a crossing route on the first play of the 3rd quarter and wasn't thrown at again the rest of the game...season-high 5 tackles...vs. Sacramento State...Didn't have a single pass completed downfield against him as the Hornets finished with just 27 yards passing...at UTEP...25-yard INT, 2 PBUs and no long passes allowed...INT killed a Miner drive at midfield and led to a Lobo FG.
`06 HIGHLIGHTS: New Mexico Bowl (vs. San Jose State)...Got off to a slow start, but rallied to help limit the Spartans to just 62 passing yards over the final 2 quarters...recorded his 10th pass break-up of the year along with 4 tackles...also did an outstanding job in the return game, picking up 89 yards on 2 runbacks...vs. San Diego State...Another fine performance, recording 4 tackles and a first quarter interception...made an athletic play on a 3rd-and-9 out pass, gathering the ball and dragging his feet in bounds as he fell toward the Lobo sideline...UNM scored a 26-yard TD on the ensuing play to take a 10-0 lead...at No. 23 BYU...Outstanding effort against one of the most explosive offenses in the nation...recorded 6 solo tackles and broke up a 4th down fade pass into the end zone...vs. TCU...Big part of a sensational performance by the defense which held one of the league's most balanced offenses to a season-low 192 yards - nearly 200 under its average...eliminated the Horned Frog WRs, recording another break-up as TCU finished with a mere 25 yards passing, including 8 yards on 13 attempts over the final 3 quarters...helped hold the TCU receivers to a combined 1 catch for 3 yards on the day...the Frogs entered the game averaging 207 yards through the air...also fired upfield to notch 4 solo tackles, stuffing outside runs and stopping short passes for minimal gain...at Colorado State...Tremendous performance against a strong passing offense...batted away two passes, both in the 2nd quarter, and did not allow any deep completions...also notched 3 tackles in 62 plays...vs. Utah...Turned in one of his best defensive efforts of the year...did not allow any deep balls and had a pass break-up to go along with a season-high 7 tackles...knocked the ball away on a key 3rd-and-4 play, stopping a Utah drive in UNM territory...at UNLV...Gave up a long TD pass early in the game, but rallied back with an outstanding 2nd half...stepped in front of a 3rd-and-13 pass on the Rebels' first drive of the 2nd half and returned the ball 22 yards to set up a Lobo FG...also broke up two passes - one on a deep ball across the middle and the other coming against an end zone fade pass...vs. Wyoming...Had some ups and downs, but got off to a great start with a first quarter INT in the end zone to end a Cowboy scoring chance...vs. UTEP...Finished with 5 tackles and helped the Lobo secondary turn in an excellent performance against the Miners' prolific passing attack...UTEP had just 211 passing yards and star WR Johnnie Lee Higgins, the nation's receiving yardage leader (126 avg. entering the game), finished with 3 catches for 18 yards...notched a PBU on a 4th-and-4 play...picked up 95 yards on 3 kick returns, including a long of 49...return set up a 2nd quarter Lobo FG...vs. Missouri...Notched a pass break-up and got in on 3 tackles to help the Lobos hold an explosive Tiger offense 130 yards under its season average...did an solid job in man coverage, helping keep Mizzou's leading receiver, Sr. Brad Ekwerekwu, without a catch...also ripped off a 44-yard kickoff return in the 4th quarter.
2005 (REDSHIRT FRESHMAN):
HIGH SCHOOL:A 2004 graduate of Gwynn Park HS in Clinton, Md...a two-year starter at running back...rushed for 1,363 yards and 16 TDs as a senior, earning all-county honors...played for head coach Danny Hayes.
PERSONAL:Born April 13, 1986, in Washington, D.C...full name is DeAndre Scott Wright...father's name is Will...University Studies major.