2017 NFL Draft

Tenarius Wright, OLB

School: Arkansas  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Memphis, TN
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 240 lbs.
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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

09/14/2012 - SCOUTING THE DEFENSE: Hopes were raised that things would be different in 2012 after the Hogs had success against Kansas State in the Cotton Bowl, but first-year coordinator Paul Haynes' troops have struggled in two games. The Hogs couldn't hold onto a three-touchdown lead against Louisiana-Monroe and gave up 322 yards to Jacksonville State, an FCS team, in the opener. Overall, the Hogs have given up 872 yard and 58 points in two games. PLAYERS TO WATCH: LB Tenarius Wright has adjusted to his new spot after moving from end and is second on the team in tackles with 19. He also has been credited with breaking up a pass. - The Sports Xchange

09/04/2012 - Arkansas's two best linebackers, Tenarius Wright and Alonzo Highsmith, missed a lot of fall camp due to injuries. Saturday they returned in the 49-24 win over Jacksonville State, both feeling good. Yet they know they have a long way to go to get in game shape and need more practice reps. However,their presence was felt last weekend. Wright had eight total tackles and Highsmith seven, making them the second and third leading tacklers in the game. That proves these two players are the heart and soul of the Hogs defense. To get better they just need to get more reps in practice. Being out a long time can make a player miss a step, no matter how experience they are. "With each practice that we do have a head of us we just have to take advantage of every snap that we do take at practice," said Wright. "We've got to come to balance and just make more tackles, watching film and evaluating ourselves to see exactly where we have to step up our game." - Chris Breece, KFSM TV5 News

08/07/2012 - ARKANSAS BREAKOUT STAR: LB Tenarius Wright - Moved from end, Wright will be a key figure in what looks to be an improved defense. He missed five games last year with an arm injury but finished the year strong, recording five-tackle games against LSU in the regular-season finale and against Kansas State in the Cotton Bowl win. He is an excellent pass rusher who should thrive at his new position. - The Sports Xchange

05/14/2012 - DE Tenarius Wright is spending time at linebacker with because of the spot opened up by Highsmith's injury. With Arkansas' depth at end, Wright, who arrived on campus as a linebacker, could stay in the spot. - The Sports Xchange


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