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#34 K.J. Wright
Position: LB
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 250
Year: Senior
Hometown: Olive Branch, MS
High School: Olive Branch HS
Experience: 3 Letters
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CAREER: 
Enters his senior season as the leader of the Bulldog defense ... Has played in 34 consecutive games, initially as a reserve in the linebacker corps and a special teams contributor, but then as a fixture in the linebacker corps ... Joined the Bulldog program as a standout multi-sport athlete from the Mississippi high school ranks.

2009:
Started 10 games and played in all 12 during his junior season ... Only left out of the opening lineup due to formation adjustments ... Finished the season with 82 total tackles, second most on the team ... Recorded 6.5 tackles for loss and a pair of sacks ... Filled the stat sheet with Four quarterback hurries, two pass breakups, a pair of forced fumbles and one fumble recovery ... Opened the season with a tackle for loss, sack and forced fumble against Jackson State ... Posted double-digit tackles three times on the year ... Recorded a season-high 12 stops against Georgia Tech, 11 against Vanderbilt and 10 against Kentucky ... Also recorded a sack against Florida ... Closed the season with seven tackles, one-half for loss, a forced fumble and a quarterback hurry in Egg Bowl victory.

2008: 
Started all 12 games during his sophomore season at one outside linebacker position . . . Finished second on the club with 72 total tackles, recording at least two hits in every game during the year . . . Led the team with nine tackles for loss (minus 55 yards), a team-best four of which were quarterback sacks (minus 41 yards) . . . Credited with a tackle for loss in eight contests . . . Also deflected three passes and forced one fumble . . . Made six tackles, including a team-best two tackles for loss (minus 4 yards) at Louisiana Tech in the season opener, his first career start . . . Also credited with one pass deflection in Ruston . . . Had two tackles in Mississippi State’s home-opening win over Southeastern Louisiana, one a 10-yard quarterback sack . . . Also swatted away one pass at the line of scrimmage against the Lions . . . Recorded three tackles, including one half for loss (minus 1 yard), in State’s SEC opener vs. Auburn . . . After making 11 tackles in the season’s first three games (3.7 per game), he totaled 61 over the final nine games (6.8 per game) . . . Tied for the team lead with six hits at Georgia Tech one week later . . . Registered a team-best one and one-half tackles for loss (minus 7 yards) against the Ramblin’ Wreck . . . Recorded the first double-digit tackle game of his career at LSU in Week 5 . . . Made 10 hits, including a 15-yard quarterback sack, against the Tigers . . . Was also credited with a forced fumble in Baton Rouge . . . Tied for third on the team with four tackles during the Bulldogs’ mid-season victory over Vanderbilt . . . Registered two tackles and a pass deflection at Tennessee in Week 7 . . . Made seven tackles, including a half tackle for loss (minus 1 yard), in his team’s homecoming victory over Middle Tennessee . . . Tied for second on the club with seven tackles against Kentucky in Week 9 . . . Finished second on the team with eight hits at Alabama one week later . . . Posted nine tackles, including two quarterback sacks (minus 16 yards), in the Bulldogs’ Week 11 win over Arkansas . . . He became the first Bulldog to record a pair of sacks in a game in 15 games (Avery Hannibal vs. Kentucky 2007) and the first MSU linebacker to turn that trick since Clarence McDougal had two against Ole Miss in 2005 . . . Added eight more hits in the season finale at Ole Miss, a total that includes a half-tackle for loss (minus 1 yard).        

 

2007: 
Played in 10 straight games during his freshman season, from Week 4 through the end of the season (includes the bowl game) . . . Recorded seven tackles and recovered one fumble during his first season at State . . . Made one tackle vs. UAB at mid-season . . . Added two hits one week later against Tennessee . . . Recovered a fumble at UK on special teams . . . Matched his season best with two tackles at Arkansas in Week 11 . . . Made two more a week later in the Bulldogs’ 17-14 win over Ole Miss in the Battle For The Golden Egg.    

 

HIGH SCHOOL: 
Selected to play in the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star Classic . . . Listed as the No. 19 prospect in the state following his senior season by Rivals.com, the second-best outside linebacker in their ranking . . . Rated the No. 22 prospect in the state of Mississippi, regardless of position, by SuperPrep Recruiting Magazine, the fourth-best defensive end in the list . . . Moved to 21st in that publication’s season-ending All-America issue . . .  Ranked among the top 25 players in the state of Mississippi by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger following his senior season . . . Named first-team, all-state on the defensive line by the Clarion-Ledger in all classifications following his senior season for head coach Scott Samsel at Olive Branch (Miss.) High School . . . Also earned first-team, all-state mention by the Mississippi Association of Coaches at outside linebacker in Class 5A . . . Made 91 total tackles during that senior season for the Conquistadors, including 48 solos . . . Recorded 13 quarterback sacks and a pass interception as well . . . Helped Olive Branch to a 12-2 overall record as a senior . . . Ran a 4.69 40-yard dash at the Oxford Scout.com combine prior to his senior season . . . Recorded 50 tackles and six sacks during his junior campaign . . . Also a standout for an undefeated basketball team as a senior . . . Solid student in the classroom on the prep level . . . Other top scholarship offers:  Auburn, Arkansas, Ole Miss and South Carolina . . . Committed to MSU in December 2006. 


PERSONAL: 
Born Kenneth Bernard Wright Jr., 7-23-89, in Memphis, Tenn. . . . Son of Mr. Kenneth Wright Sr., and Ms. Jacquelyn Wright.

 

 

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