Wright declares for Draft

Florida's Ahmad Black, Major Wright and Joe Haden celebrate with their teammates following their 51-24 win over Cincinnati in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on Jan. 1, 2010. ()

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Published: Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 11:59 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 11:59 a.m.

As expected, Florida junior free safety Major Wright is declaring for the NFL Draft.

"I enjoyed my time in Gainesville. They were some of the best years of my life," Wright said in a UF release. "Beyond winning championships, I will take with me some great memories of personal friendships from my teammates and lessons learned from the coaching staff. I will always be a Gator and look forward to watching them play from the sidelines in the future."

Wright is the fifth UF junior to declare for the draft, joining cornerback Joe Haden, tight end Aaron Hernandez, center Maurkice Pouncey and defensive end Carlos Dunlap. UF does not expect to lose any more underclassmen to the draft.

"Major will be missed in our secondary and by his teammates," UF coach Urban Meyer said. "He was a physical player who had a presence on the football field and was someone our players looked up to and gravitated to. They enjoyed being around him both on and off the field. We wish him the best of luck."

Wright does not have prototypical NFL speed for a free safety and could end up at strong safety at the next level. He does not project to be taken in the first two rounds.

Wright finishes his Florida career with 165 tackles, 10 passes defended, eight interceptions, four forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

Wright is in south Florida training to get ready for the draft.

Contact Robbie Andreu at 352-374-5022 or at andreur@gvillesun.com.

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