2005: Wright, a quick, glue-like defender, returns for his second season as a starting cornerback as a sophomore in 2005. He had arthroscopic surgery to remove torn cartilage in his left knee prior to 2005 spring practice.
2004: As just a redshirt freshman in 2004, Wright emerged as a starting cornerback for USC's last 4 games after serving as an often-used backup earlier in the season. He also played on special teams. Overall in 2004 while appearing in all 13 games, he had 33 tackles, including 2 sacks for 13 yards, plus 6 deflections, a fumble recovery and 2 interceptions which he returned for 22 yards (11.0 avg.). He made the 2004 The Sporting News Freshman All-Pac-10 first team. He had 5 tackles against California (and a fumble recovery on a punt that set up a field goal) and UCLA, 4 stops against Arizona, Notre Dame (with 2 deflections) and Oklahoma, and 3 tackles versus Arizona State. His interceptions came against Colorado State and Oklahoma. He deflected 2 passes versus Washington.
2003: Wright redshirted as a freshman cornerback in 2003, his first year at USC. He was sidelined the entire 2003 season after having surgery in 2003 fall drills for a torn hamstring.
HIGH SCHOOL: He was a 2002 Super Prep All-American, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, All-Northern California Co-MVP and San Francisco Chronicle All-Metro first team honoree as a senior running back and defensive back at Riordan High in San Francisco (Calif.). He rushed for 1,166 yards and 17 TDs and caught 18 passes for 268 yards (14.9 avg.) with 4 TDs on offense in 2002, and made 80 tackles (31 solo), 4 forced fumbles, 2 interceptions and 10 deflections on defense. He also was on Riordan's track team, with bests of 10.74 wind-aided in the 100 meters (10.83 legal) and 23-4 3/4 in the long jump.
GAME-BY-GAME WITH ERIC WRIGHT