Trevor Wright is not about the flash.
He describes his minor rap career under the name "Young Trev" as something he keeps "on the low."
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football coach Russ Huesman said that while the 6-foot-1, 180-pounder from Greeneville, Tenn., doesn't jump off the screen, he always seems to be in the right place, which could be the reason he started the final seven games for the Mocs in 2014 and earned Southern Conference all-freshman honors.
Wright entered the first game of his collegiate career on the road against Central Michigan expecting a little playing time, but not a ton.facebook
"Coach (B.J.) Hogan (former defensive backs coach) talked to me before and told me to expect a couple of series," Wright said. "I ended up playing the rest of the game. When I first got in the game, there were some butterflies, but once I got used to it and the defense got behind me a little bit, I got pretty comfortable and played the rest of the game pretty well."
He finished the season with 50 tackles, five pass breakups and a forced fumble. The missing stat on that sheet was an interception — something he hopes to get this season. He is part of a solid defensive backfield that is intact from a season ago and will be expected to be a strength in 2015.
"We've all been playing together for a year now," Wright said. "We know each other's strengths and weaknesses, so we can play together as a unit even more than we did last year."
Strengthening a team effort is a Wright specialty, Huesman said.
"When we're doing one-on-ones, he doesn't look like the best guy. When we do individual drills, he doesn't look like the best guy, but when you're on the field in 11-on-11, somehow someway he knows where to be," the coach said. "He knows how to manage himself, he knows how to play the game, and those guys are so valuable. He's done a great job for us, and he's really come on this camp.
"I'm proud of where he's moving toward and the type of player he's turned into."
The Mocs took Monday off for the first day of classes. They will return to practice this afternoon at 3:30 at Scrappy Moore Field.
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