It's tough being a receiver in the Big 12.
How else can you explain the lack of notice for Wright, one of the most dangerous slot receivers in the nation, and a player who already owns or shares five school receiving records, including career and single-season reception marks? But while Wright has been able to win most battles with Big 12 defensive backs, he's left wanting in publicity battles against players like Justin Blackmon and Ryan Broyles.
Still, barring disaster, Wright should finish his career with four straight seasons of 50 or more catches. He started the trend as a true freshman out of Pittsburg, Texas, grabbing 50 catches for 649 yards and five touchdowns in his first year on campus. Those numbers included a 55-yard touchdown against in-state rival Texas.
He was even better as a sophomore, catching 66 throws for 740 yards and four scores, despite playing most of the year without injured star quarterback Robert Griffin III. He also showed he was a threat on the ground his first two years, rushing for a combined 300 yards and two touchdowns on 40 carries.
But he really came into his own as a junior, catching 78 passes for 952 yards and seven touchdowns. While his rushing numbers decreased, Wright completed two of two passes for 59 yards and a touchdown. But because of the seasons by both Broyles and Blackmon, Wright earned second-team All-Big 12 honors from the coaches, and was only a honorable mention selection by the AP.
He might not be able to overcome those receivers in 2011, either, but he remains a tough matchup for defensive backs, thanks to his speed, quickness and athleticism. A former member of the Baylor basketball team with a 42-inch vertical, Wright has thrived in Baylor's spread and figures to do so again this year.
2010 Stats: 78 receptions, 952 yards, seven touchdowns, eight rushes for 53 yards, 2-2 passing, 59 yards, one touchdown