Scooby Wright III, ILB, Birmingham Stallions
Another player to keep an eye on in Sunday’s USFL championship game is the Birmingham Stallions star linebacker, Scooby Wright. He was in on 52 total tackles and recorded 3 sacks in the regular season, but it is his past production, from his collegiate days at the University of Arizona, that are most fun to reflect on.
As a two-star recruit out of high school, Wright was the fourth-ranked player in the nation after his sophomore season (2014) with the Wildcats. He recorded 164 tackles and 15 sacks in 14 games that year, which earned him a variety of highly touted awards. He received the Bronko Nagurski trophy as the best defensive player in the NCAA, the Lombardi Award for embodying the spirit of the legendary coach, the Chuck Badnarik Award, and the Jack Lambert Trophy for being the best linebacker in the country.
He was drafted 250th overall by the Cleveland Browns in 2016, and spent time with the Arizona Cardinals in ‘16 and ‘17 before being released. He joined the AAF in 2019 before being added to the New England Patriots practice squad later in the year, but was cut again. He picked up with the XFL in 2020 and, after a year off, was selected late by the Birmingham Stallions in the inaugural USFL draft.
While one of the most exciting aspects of the Chiefs roster is the linebacker room, Scooby could present an even more versatile talent to the unit. Besides his Hall of Fame name, and an all-time mullet, he could help greatly in cleaning up any mistakes made by the defensive line in terms of tackling while also bringing to the table a plus ability in coverage.