October 12, 2006

CU's Sack Master

When Dan Hawkins was asked by a reporter earlier this week which players have stood out this season, the first player he mentioned was Abraham Wright. And for good reason.

The senior defensive end leads the Big 12 conference and ranks second in the nation with eight quarterback sacks.

His 17.5 career sacks ranks 10th all-time in school history.

"It's a good feeling," Wright said of his individual success this season. "At the end of the day you are proud of your individual accomplishments but when you lose you can't enjoy it as much. But I still take pride in getting sacks, doing my job and doing it to the fullest."

Wright's goal is to break Colorado's single season sack record, which is set at 14. But he is trying his best not to think about it during the game.

"When I stop thinking about it (the record), I do a lot better," Wright said after practice on Tuesday. "I talked to my cousin Robert Jones, who played cornerback at Oklahoma State. His senior year he wanted a certain amount of interceptions. He told me, 'Abe, if you keep your eye on that sack record, you are going to set yourself up for failure'.

"Of course it's in the back of your head because people are going to tell you about it, but you have to at least try to minimize going out and thinking about it. I've done it before and it completely takes you off your game."

Aside from Bernard Jackson, Wright is the most requested interview on the team. Coupled with the fact that he is a senior, most would assume Wright has taken on a leadership role this fall.

"I'm definitely not a vocal leader and I wouldn't say that I lead by example because I mess up a lot," he admits. "I take pride in watching the linebackers like Thaddaeus Washington and Jordon Dizon. Those guys are vocal and they lead by example.

"Even though we are losing, I haven't felt like I have had to step up and make sure everyone keeps competing. You don't see guys just loafing around, saying 'We're giving up'. We're still Division-1 athletes and it doesn't matter if you are 10-0 or 0-10, you are still going to play with pride."

Entering the second half of his senior, Wright has yet to hear anything in terms of where he might be projected to go in the NFL draft. But he admits that is just one of the many reasons to play out the last six games this season with supreme effort every down.

"It would be a dream to play football [in the NFL] if that's in God's plans for my life," Wright said. "I have been dreaming about that since I was little. That is just another incentive to go hard."

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