Tenarius Wright, OLB

School: Arkansas  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Memphis, TN
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 240 lbs.
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Career Notes
Wright appeared in 39 games with 12 starts. He collected 123 tackles, 20.0 for loss with 9.0 sacks, 10 quarterback hurries, five forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one pass breakup. He moved to linebacker during 2012 spring practice and played at the position during his senior season.
2012 Season
He played in five games and made three starts before having his season ended due to injury. Prior to his injury, he collected 28 tackles, two quarterback hurries and one pass breakup. He registered a career-high 11 tackles and added one quarterback hurry vs. ULM. He opened the season with eight tackles and one pass breakup in the 49-24 win vs. Jacksonville State. He made six tackles vs. No. 1 Alabama and recorded one quarterback hurry vs. Rutgers. In his final game, Wright made three tackles at Texas A&M.
2011 Season
Wright started all eight games in which he appeared and recorded 25 tackles, 5.0 for loss with 1.5 sacks, five quarterback hurries, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. His quarterback hurry total tied for the team lead despite him being injured early in the game at No. 3 Alabama and missing the next five games. He opened the season with four tackles, 0.5 for loss, in a 51-7 win vs. Missouri State. The next week, he again made four tackles with 0.5 for loss and also added one forced fumble in the 52-3 victory vs. New Mexico. He recorded two tackles in a 38-28 win vs. Troy before being injured the next week at Alabama. He returned with one tackle and one quarterback hurry in the 49-7 victory vs. Tennessee. He made four tackles, 0.5 for loss, and had a career-high three quarterback hurries in a 44-17 win vs. Mississippi State. At No. 1 LSU, he made a season-high five tackles, 0.5 for loss with 0.5 sack, and one quarterback hurry. He tied his season high with five tackles, including a career-high 3.0 for loss with 1.0 sack, and added one fumble recovery in helping Arkansas defeat No. 11 Kansas State 29-16 in the AT&T Cotton Bowl.
2010 Season
He appeared in all 13 games for the Razorbacks and finished the season with 36 tackles, including 8.0 for loss and 6.0 sacks, three quarterback hurries, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. His sack total tied for ninth in the SEC. Wright made a career-high nine tackles, including a then-career-high-tying 2.0 for loss with 1.0 sack, in Arkansas' 38-31 double-overtime win at No. 22 Mississippi State. His sack came on fourth down in the second overtime and sealed the win. He recorded a career-high 2.0 sacks as part of a then-career-high five tackles and forced one fumble vs. No. 1 Alabama. He had one tackle in the season-opening 44-3 victory vs. Tennessee Tech. He made two tackles in UA's 31-7 win vs. ULM. He made four tackles, including 0.5 sack, in the Razorbacks' 31-24 win at Georgia. He recorded two tackles, 1.0 for loss with 0.5 sack, in the Razorbacks' 24-17 victory vs. Texas A&M. He made one tackle at No. 7 Auburn. Wright made three tackles, 0.5 for loss, and recovered one fumble at the Arkansas 4-yard line in the fourth quarter of a 38-24 win vs. Ole Miss. He recorded three tackles, including 1.0 sack, and one quarterback hurry in UA's 49-14 victory vs. Vanderbilt and made three tackles with one quarterback hurry in the 58-21 victory vs. UTEP. He made one tackle in the 41-20 win at No. 18 South Carolina. He made two tackles, including 1.0 sack, and registered one quarterback hurry in Arkansas' 31-23 victory vs. No. 6 LSU.
2009 Season
Saw action in all 13 games with a start against South Carolina. He was 12th on the team with 34 tackles, fifth with 7.0 tackles for loss of 28 yards and first with three forced fumbles while adding 1.5 sacks to earn SEC All-Freshman honors. He was second in the SEC with the three forced fumbles. He was named SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week for the Texas A&M contest when he had three tackles, including 2.0 for loss and 1.0 sack, and forced two fumbles. He had five TFLs through the first four games of the season with at least one in each contest. He had five tackles at Alabama, four against Missouri State, and three against Georgia, Texas A&M, Florida, Ole Miss, Eastern Michigan and Mississippi State. He also had his third forced fumble against Mississippi State.
2008 Season
He practiced with the scout team during his redshirt season.
High School
He missed the first four games of his senior season due to injury, but still totaled 92 tackles, 5.0 sacks, three forced fumbles and three interceptions for coach Rodney Salisbury. As a junior at Whitehaven High School in Memphis, Tenn., he recorded 98 tackles and 11.0 sacks. He also spent time at the defensive end position. He was Rivals.com's No. 15 overall prospect in the state of Tennessee. He was ranked as the No. 28 middle linebacker in the nation and the No. 9 prospect in the state by Scout.com. He was also recruited by Kentucky, North Carolina and Ole Miss.
Born March 8, 1990, he is the son of David Jones and Teresa Wright. He is majoring in criminal justice.
Latest News
10/10/2012 - The injury hits keep coming for Arkansas. Senior defensive end Tenarius Wright, who ranks fifth on the team with 28 tackles, will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery, coach John L. Smith said Wednesday. "He had to make a decision on what to do and he's decided he's going to go get it fixed," Smith said. Wright did not play against Auburn and had an MRI on Monday. He's the fourth Razorback to be lost for the season to injury. On Monday, linebacker Alonzo Highsmith, the team's leading tackler, had season-ending foot surgery for an injury he suffered against the Tigers. "It's been one of those years," Smith said. "You can't explain it." Arkansas (2-4, 1-2 SEC), which hosts Kentucky (1-5, 0-3) on Saturday, got eight sacks and played its best defensive game in the 24-7 win at Auburn. Whether that performance reflected Arkansas' improvement or Auburn's ineptitude remains to be seen. In other injury news, tight end Chris Gragg (bone bruise) probably is another week away from playing. But corner Tevin Mitchel (concussion) has returned to practice and is expected to play Saturday. Smith also said junior defensive end Chris Smith, arrested last Wednesday for failure to appear in court, would play against the Wildcats. "I've met with Chris, and we'll get that handled," the coach said, declining to elaborate. - Larry Hartstein, CBSSports.com

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