Arizona Wildcats freshman linebacker Scooby Wright grew up about an hour north of Berkeley, Calif.
Not that the Cal Bears ever noticed.
Wright’s team-high 8.5 tackles in Arizona’s 33-28 win on Saturday was his revenge.
“It was pretty cool because Cal didn’t recruit me at all,” he told 1290-AM (KCUB). It was pretty cool to come back and play in my hometown and beat Cal on their field. That was a special feeling for me.”
With a few dozen family and friends in the stands wearing “Scooby’s Crew” T-shirts, Wright had three tackles for loss, including a share of the safety late in the first quarter. Wright and safety Jared Tevis combined to bring down Darren Ervin for a 3-yard loss late in the first quarter.
Wright, from Cardinal Newman High in Santa Rosa, Calif., went unnoticed by most of the Pac-12 until Arizona offered him a scholarship the June before his senior season. He accepted that month.
Wright has been quite a two-star find for coach Rich Rodriguez and his staff. He leads the team with 57.5 tackles.
“He’s been a great player all year and he had to be today because Jake Fischer didn’t play,” Rodriguez said on radio.
Fischer, the team’s middle linebacker in its 3-3-5 scheme, was out because of a knee injury. Arizona often played with six defensive backs, with Wright and Marquis Flowers at linebacker.