The Scouting Report: Closes career as NU's fourth all-time leading rusher, third all-time purpose yardage leader and fourth all-time leading scorer ... Only the third NU player to record a pair of 1,000-yard rushing seasons ... Two-time first-team Academic All-American ... Two-time Doak Walker Award candidate ... Was NU's pleasant surprise of 2002 ... Head coach Randy Walker says "he may be the most complete running back I've ever coached" ... Although he doesn't possess outstanding speed, he is quick-footed, athletic and has excellent field vision ... Also can catch the ball out of the backfield and is a solid, consistent blocker ... Played wide receiver before being moved to running back in the spring of 2002, which certainly helped sharpen his receiving skills ... Highly intelligent player ... Made his mark, as well, as a kickoff returner in 2002.
2003: Tabbed a CoSIDA first-team Academic All-American for the second straight year ... Inaugural recipient of the FCA Bobby Bowden Athlete of the Year Award (a national award recognizing five specific student-athlete criteria: on- and off-the-field character, inspiring on-field ability, classroom attendance and performance, community participation and respect for the campus student body) ... Named a second-team All-Big Ten selection ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Named Northwestern's Chicago Tribune Silver MVP for a second straight year ... Doak Walker Award preseason candidate ... Team co-captain ... Tabbed the co-MVP of the Motor City Bowl after rushing for a bowl-record 237 yards (21 carries) vs. Bowling Green ... Also set bowl marks for yards per carry average (11.3), all-purpose yards (336) and longest kickoff return (88) ... Scored his 20th rushing TD of the season on a 77-yard run -- the longest of his career ... His ypc mark was the best among all bowl performers in 2003-04 ... The 336 all-purpose yards set an NU single-game record ... Finished career with back-to-back 200-yard rushing performances ... Closed the regular season with his top career performance: 251 rushing yards (42 carries) and four rushing TD's vs. Illinois ... That victory helped NU become bowl eligible and earn its Motor City Bowl berth ... Earned his fifth Big Ten Player of the Week for that effort ... Hobbled with a sore ankle the last half of the Big Ten season ... Saw limited action at Purdue (28 rushing yards, 27 receiving yards) ... Had just six carries (career low) for 21 yards vs. Penn State ... Did score a TD, however, his 16th of the year vs. the Nittany Lions ... 34 rushing yards on nine carries vs. Michigan ... Also had 20 receiving yards against the Wolverines ... Ranks third nationally in touchdowns (20) and second nationally in rushing touchdowns (19) ... In a CBS Sportsline computer player ranking, ranked 11th nationally (second in the Big Ten behind Michigan's Chris Perry) among all running backs ... Nation's 21st-leading rusher and sixth-leading scorer ... First in Big Ten scoring and second in rushing ... Ranked third in Big Ten all-purpose yardage ... Scored 126 points -- second most in a season at NU (138 is the record) ... Earned Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week honors for his season-opening 196-yard rushing effort at Kansas ... Logged 41 carries, a then-career high, vs. KU ... Had a string of 383 consecutive rushes without a fumble come to an end at Purdue ... Surpassed the 2,000-yard mark for career yards in the first half against Wisconsin ... Averaged 111.6 rushing ypg in his last 23 outings ... Had 108 rushing yards against Air Force ... Held to a career-low 20 rushing yards vs. Miami ... Came back to run for 149 yards and catch three passes at Duke ... Scored two TDs, giving him nine scores in a five-game stretch ... Totaled 225 all-purpose yards vs. Minnesota (51 rushing yards, 51 receiving yards and 123 kickoff return yards) ... Had returns of 33 and 36 yards vs. the Gophers ... Game's leading rusher at Ohio State with 55 yards ... Had 141 rushing yards and a career-high-tying four TDs at Indiana ... Scored the game-winning TD in OT ... Totaled 150 all-purpose yards (97 rushing, 53 receiving) and two TDs vs. Wisconsin ... Played most of the second half with a bruised ankle ... Logged the season's play of the year, a signature 17-yard rush with the sore ankle, in the second half vs. the Badgers ... Had eight multiple-TD games in two years ... Totaled 32 career rushing TD's, which ranks third all-time at NU ... Finished fourth on NU's all-time rushing list (2,625 yard), third on career all-purpose list (4,030) and fourth on career scoring list (210 points) ... Second-team preseason All-America kick returner by Athlon Sports ... Ranked as the No. 6 kick returner nationally by The Sporting News ... Played in 2004 Hula Bowl Maui Classic and helped his team to a 26-7 victory ... Finished with 43 rushing yards (11 carries) and 17 receiving yards (two receptions).
2002: First-team CoSIDA Academic All-America running back ... Honorable mention All-Big Ten running back by coaches and media ... Academic All-Big Ten selection ... NU's team MVP ... College Football News first-team All-Big Ten kick returner ... Doak Walker Award candidate ... One of nation's top all-purpose backs: led team in rushing and totaled seven 100-yard rushing games--all seven came in the final 10 games ... After finishing season with 119 yards vs. Illinois, closed year with 1,234 rushing yards, which ranks sixth-best on NU's single-season list ... Had a career-best performance vs. Indiana, which earned him Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week honors: 196 rushing yards, 285 all-purpose yards, 8.9 yards per carry, four rushing touchdowns and 59 receiving yards ... Received three Big Ten player-of-the-week honors ... Ranked fourth in the nation in kickoff return average (28.5 ypr) ... Ranked fourth nationally and second in Big Ten in all-purpose yardage (167.8 ypg) and 31st nationally and sixth in Big Ten in rushing (102.8 ypg) ... In last 10 games, averaged 118.1 rushing ypg ... Fumbled only once (TCU game) and closed the season with 197 straight carries without a fumble ... First player to run for three straight 100-yard games (Duke, Navy and Michigan State) since Damien Anderson did so late in the 2000 season (five straight) ... Earned his second Big Ten Player of the Week honor of the season after rushing for 186 yards and three TDs in win at Navy ... Savored a record-setting return day against TCU -- averaged 63.7 yards on three kickoff returns, which established NU as well as Big Ten records ... Named Big Ten's Special Teams Player of the Week for that performance ... Also set a school mark for kickoff return yards in a game (191) and longest kickoff return (100 yards for a touchdown) ... Besides the 100-yard TD return, also had a 74-yard return ... Became the first Big Ten player since Iowa's Tim Dwight (in 1997) to earn Big Ten honors in both offense and special teams ... Totaled 107 rushing yards (5.3 ypc) vs. Duke and finished with 164 all-purpose yards ... Ran for 134 yards (6.1 ypc) at Michigan State ... His 134 yards were the most by an NU rusher in a Big Ten game since Damien Anderson ran for 179 against Illinois on Nov. 18, 2000 ... Had 95 rushing yards (career-high 24 carries) and a TD, as well as four receptions for 37 yards vs. Ohio State ... Had a 67-yard kickoff return vs. the Buckeyes ... Totaled 199 all-purpose yards against OSU ... Rang up 148 rushing yards, 31 receiving yards and 63 kickoff return yards (242 all-purpose) at Minnesota ... Averaged 7.0 ypc and scored two TDs vs. the Gophers ... 63 rushing yards and a career-high five catches (26 yards) at PSU ... Notched his fifth 100-yard game of the season with 101 yards (15 carries) vs. Purdue ... 32 rushing yards and four catches for 28 yards at Iowa ... Rushed for 32 yards vs. TCU ... Posted his top yards-per-carry averages against Navy (8.9 ypc), Michigan State (6.1), Minnesota (7.0), Purdue (6.7) and Indiana (8.9).
2001: Began the year as a wide receiver, but due to injuries, finished as the second-team tailback ... Played in all 11 games, mostly at reserve receiver an on special teams ... Caught two passes for 39 yards vs. Bowling Green ... Scored a touchdown at Duke (a 3-yard pass) and finished with a season-high three receptions for 15 yards.
2000: Played in 10 games, mostly on special teams ... Caught a pass in the Alamo Bowl vs. Nebraska ... Had three kickoff returns for 69 yards, a 23.0 average.
High School: SuperPrep All-West ... Rivals100.com California Top 100 ... CIF Division II Offensive Player of the Year ... First-team all-state and All-California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Southern Section ... San Gabriel Valley Tribune Player of the Year ... Inland Valley Our Times Player of the Year ... Sierra League Offensive Player of the Year ... Los Angeles Times first-team all-area (San Gabriel Valley Back of the Year) ... Inland Valley Daily Bulletin first-team all-area ... Career numbers: 4,268 yards on 519 carries (8.2 ypc), 36 receptions for 357 yards (9.9 ypr), 58 TDs ... Three years with more than 1,000 yards rushing ... Diamond Bar won two CIF Division II titles during his tenure, going 27-1 the last two years ... In 1998, ran for 172 yards and all three touchdowns in CIF Division II championship game ... Ran for 284 yards in Sierra League championship game in 1999, then scored game-winning touchdown in CIF Division II title contest ... Played in California vs. Texas Shrine Game and the San Gabriel Valley Tribune Hall of Fame Game ... Also lettered in track and field ... High school coach was Terry Roche.
Personal: Born Jason Gomillion Wright on 7/12/82 ... Son of Sam and Susan Wright ... Sang national anthem prior to the 2003 Northwestern-Ohio State men's basketball game and a session at the 2003 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament at the United Center in Chicago ... Delivered player's keynote address at the 2003 Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon ... Psychology (pre-medicine) major ... Scored in the 92nd percentile on his MCAT exam in the fall of 2003.
The Wright File
Q: If you could dine with anyone in history, who would it be?
A: King Tut.
Q: Something people would be surprised to know about me is...
A: That I sing.
Q: The first time I met Coach Walker, I thought...
A: How can I get my calves like that?
Q: If you could have composed any single piece of music that already exists, what would it be?
A: The Thundercats theme song.
Wright's Career Statistics
Year GP ATT YDS AVG TD LNG
2000 10 0 0 0.0 0 --
2001 11 3 3 1.0 0 4
2002 12 219 1234 5.6 12 47
2003 13 267 1388 5.2 20 77
TOTALS 46 489 2625 5.4 32 77
Year GP REC YDS AVG TD LNG
2000 10 2 12 6.0 0 6
2001 11 7 48 6.9 1 29
2002 12 27 266 9.9 0 30
2003 13 18 251 13.9 1 53
TOTALS 46 54 577 10.7 2 53
Year GP NO. YDS AVG TD LNG
2000 10 3 69 23.0 0 30
2001 11 2 14 7.0 0 14
2002 12 18 513 28.5 1 100
2003 13 8 232 29.0 0 88
TOTALS 46 31 828 26.7 1 100