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    Rodney Wright
    Rodney Wright

    Hometown:
    Bakersfield, Calif.

    High School:
    Bakersfield

    Height / Weight:
    5-9 / 175

    Position:
    Wide Receiver

    NFL Team:
    Buffalo Bills

    NFL Draft: Picked in the seventh round by the Buffalo Bills.

    Fresno State: One of the top wide receivers in the conference ? a threat to score whenever he gets his hands on the football ? considered one of the most explosive players in the WAC ? has been used to return kicks, punts and on sweeps and reverses ? was one of David Carr?s favorite targets all year ? tops on Fresno State?s career receptions list ? second on the career receiving yards list ? a fearless receiver who will go over the middle whenever he has to ? deadly on the inside screen play, often breaking it for a big yardage ? has absorbed vicious hits the past two years, but always gets back up after. (2001) A second-team All-WAC selection ? played in all 14 games, starting 11 ? caught 104 passes for 1,630 yards and 12 touchdowns ? became just the second receiver in FS history to eclipse 1,000 yards in a season twice. Larry Willis (1983-84) is the other ? set a school single-season record for most passes caught ? had one of the best performances in bowl game history against Michigan State in the Silicon Valley Football Classic. Wright blew up the scoreboard to the tune of 13 catches for 299 yards and two touchdowns, including one of 79 yards ? scored a rushing touchdown against Tulsa, meaning he has scored a TD as a receiver, rusher, on a blocked punt and thrown for a touchdown ? had one of the best single-game performances in Fresno State history against Boise State, catching 14 passes for 179 yards and a touchdown ? had 182 yards receiving and two touchdowns in a victory against Oregon State ? also had two touchdowns against Rice and SMU ? returned a blocked punt for a touchdown against Utah State, the second time in his career he has done that ? had five 100-yard receiving games, including four in a row at one point. (2000) Played seven games, starting six ? had to sit out from Oct. 14-Nov. 11 with a strained calf ? returned against SMU for one play but came back strong against San Jose State, catching three passes for 92 yards, including a 51-yarder ? was also solid in the Silicon Valley Football Classic, hauling in five catches for 77 yards ? caught 38 passes on the season, second-best on the team, for 466 yards ? ranked near the top of the WAC statistics in receiving yards and receptions per game before his injury ? had a monster game in the victory over California, catching 13 passes for 174 yards and both Fresno State touchdowns. (1999) Earned first-team All-WAC honors and had over 1,000 receiving yards in his first season as a full-time starter ? had 74 receptions for 1,062 yards, both rank fourth-best in school history? scored seven touchdowns ... ranked 30th in the NCAA in all-purpose yardage (135.33) and receptions per game (5.67) and 31st in receiving yards (83.92) ? was nationally ranked most of the season in kickoff returns ? had 27 returns for 584 yards and a long of 47 ? had nine carries for 66 yards, a 7.3 average ? averaged 14.8 yards per reception ? caught an 83-yard touchdown vs. SMU ? had a career-high seven receptions for 156 yards vs. UTEP ? had three 100-yard games. (1998) Played in four games as a true freshman, including a start at Utah ? caught six passes for 116 yards, an average of 19.3 yards per catch ? caught three passes for 68 yards and two touchdowns against BYU ? missed the final five games of the season due to injury.

    High School: First-team all-area selection by the Bakersfield Californian as a senior in 1996 ... led Kern County with 58 receptions for 883 yards ... scored 14 touchdowns ... helped the Drillers to an 11-1 record his senior season ... named Offensive Player of the Year in the Southeast Yosemite League ... totaled 34 touchdowns in two varsity seasons ... earned all-area and all-league honors as a junior.

    Personal: Born Nov. 18, 1979, in Bakersfield, Calif. ... a 1997 graduate of Bakersfield (Calif.) High School ? son of Olga and Rodney Wright ... has two brothers ... also considered Arizona and San Diego State.

    STATISTICS
    Rushing
    Year    G-GS   TC   Yds   Avg   TD   LG
    1998     4-1    2    17   8.5    0   22
    1999   13-11   11    70   6.3    0   21
    2000     7-6    6    44   7.3    0   15
    2001   14-11   23   114   5.0    1   25
    Totals 38-19   42   245   5.8    1   25
    

    Receiving Year Rec Yds Avg TD LG 1998 6 116 19.3 2 39 1999 74 1,062 14.4 7 83 2000 38 466 12.3 2 51 2001 104 1,630 15.7 12 79 Totals 222 3,274 14.7 23 83

    Kick Returns Year Ret Yds Avg TD LR 1999 27 584 21.6 0 47 2000 13 279 21.5 0 33 Totals 40 863 21.6 0 47

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