WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 09, 2002
JU's Tyrone Wright Earns Honorable-Mention All-America Honors
Jan. 9, 2002
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville University free safety Tyrone Wright (Jacksonville, Fla.) has been named a Division I-AA Mid-Major Honorable Mention All-American by Don Hansen's Weekly Football Gazette, as released on Tuesday. Wright, who was also tabbed the Pioneer Football League Co-Defensive Player of the Year, helped lead the ninth-ranked Dolphins to the PFL Southern Division Championship with a perfect 3-0 conference record in JU's first year in the league.
Wright finished the season second on the team with 65 tackles, including a team-high 46 solo stops (4.3/game), which ranked fourth in the PFL. He was also seventh in the league in interceptions (0.43/game) with four picks in 11 games, while breaking up seven passes and forcing two fumbles. Wright was part of a Dolphin defense that allowed just 151.8 passing yards per game, which ranked 13th in Division I-AA, while the JU defense also ranked seventh nationally in pass efficiency defense (95.62). The 6-foot-1, 195-pound senior also led the team in kickoff returns with a 25.2 yard-per-return average, including the school's first-ever kickoff return for a touchdown (94 yards), which earned him Mid-Major Special Teams Co-Player of the Week honors from Don Hansen's Weekly Football Gazette.
Wright, who is JU's all-time leader with 12 career interceptions, also earned Pioneer Football League First-Team All-Conference honors and is a candidate for Mid-Major All-America honors.
JU finished the 2001 season with a 6-5 record and a No. 9 ranking in the Sports Network I-AA Mid-Major Poll after losing to No. 2 Dayton in the Inaugural PFL Championship Game. It marks the first time in the four-year history of the program that the Dolphins posted a winning record.