The Owls captured the last four game to finish 2013 6-6 and bowl eligible for the first time since 2008.
Players Let Us Know What They are Thankful For
Owls break several defensive records in win
FAU to Host New Mexico State 3 p.m. Saturday
D'Joun Smith put on stellar defensive performance
2013: Saw action in 11 games and recorded a tackle in every appearance...set the FAU single game sacks record versus FIU with 4.5 sacks...ranked No. 10 in sacks in Conference USA...recorded a season high seven tackles in the win against FIU and 4.5 sacks for a loss of 43 yards...totaled 8 tackles for a loss of 56 yards on the season and had six sacks for a loss of 49 yards...No. 10 on FAU's defensive leaders board...returned a kick for 12 yards at East Carolina...tallied five quarterback hurries, three in the game at Southern Miss...had one pass breakup during the season...received FAU football's defensive Mr. Resilient award.
2012: Began to flourish...saw action in every game and recorded a tackle in all but two...among the top-five at season's end in tackles for a loss but lead the team in quarterback hurries with five...recorded his first tackle for a loss at Middle Tennessee...added 1.5 for a loss of four yards versus North Texas...recorded a season high five tackles at Western Kentucky including a loss for five yards, a sack...recorded his second sack of the season, an assisted sack, the following game versus FIU.
2011: Made the move to linebacker in the spring...saw action in 11 games with three starts...recorded 33 tackles on the year...season-high seven (5-2) came in the last game of the season, his previous high was six (3-3) set at FIU...recorded a game-high three unassisted tackles four times, the first at Auburn...had a season-high three assisted tackles at FIU...recorded three tackles for a loss on the year, including two for a loss of nine yards versus ULM...his lone sack was also versus ULM...credited with one quarterback hurry, also versus ULM...saw time as a member of the special teams unit...could be a threat at three spots in 2012 (defensive line, linebacker and special teams).
2010: Played in 10 games both on the line and on special teams...recorded 17 tackles in the season, including eight solo...had 2.5 for a loss of 10 yards, including 1.5 sacks for a loss of seven yards...recorded his first collegiate tackle in FAU's home game versus Michigan State played at Ford Field...at USF he recorded his first sack, for a loss of seven yards...had two tackles in four games and a season-high six, three solo, in the season finale versus Troy...also forced a fumble versus Troy.
High School: Went to Booker T. Washington High School...Miami Herald's All-Dade team in 2006 after recording 16 sacks and three fumble recoveries...also made First Team All-State...ranked in the top 20 amongst defensive ends in the nation.
Personal: Born and raised in Miami, FL...son of Felicia and Michael Wright.