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Arizona's Scooby Wright III declares for NFL draft after bowl win

Arizona junior linebacker Scooby Wright III announced his intention to enter this spring's NFL draft.

Wright was overcome with emotion as he announced his decision on ESPN, moments after finishing with 15 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and two sacks in the Wildcats' 45-37 win over New Mexico in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl.

"These past three years I couldn't have asked for better people and a better group to be around, and I'm forever indebted," Wright said.

As a sophomore in 2014, Wright turned in one of the most dominant defensive seasons in college football history. He finished the year with 163 tackles, 29 tackles for loss, 14 sacks and six forced fumbles en route to earning just about every defensive award, including the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Lombardi Award and Chuck Bednarik Award.

This season, though, Wright has been mostly sidelined because of multiple injuries. He left the season opener against Texas-San Antonio with a knee injury and missed the next two games before returning to play against UCLA on Sept. 26. He suffered a foot injury against the Bruins, however, and did not appear in another game until Saturday's bowl victory.

In September, ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. projected Wright, pending his health status, would be a second- or third-round pick.

Scooby Wright's father, Philip Wright, tweeted that his son has signed with Drew Rosenhaus Sports.