Duke Football BIO
7 Leon Wright
2009: Returning starter at cornerback ... dependable, experienced defensive back with action in 29 games and 18 starting assignments under his belt ... has good speed and quickness ... ranks tied for seventh among active ACC players with five career interceptions ... enters senior campaign with 97 tackles and 12 pass breakups to his credit ... Duke’s active leader in both interceptions and PBUs ... is six PBUs short of moving into a tie for 10th place on Duke’s career chart ... will compete to handle Duke’s punt return chores for the fourth straight season ... has returned 38 career punts for 206 yards, good for a 5.4 yards per return average ... led the Blue Devils in punt return yards in both 2006 and 2007 ... stands seven punt returns shy of cracking the school’s all-time top 10 chart.
2008: Played in and started six games ... missed the final five weeks of the year due to a leg injury ... started the first five games of the season before sitting out the Miami contest ... then started the Vanderbilt game, but reinjured the leg and did not play the remainder of the season ... finished with 12 tackles, one interception, four pass breakups and one caused fumble ... also had eight punt returns for 30 yards ... top game came against Virginia with three tackles, an interception and three pass breakups ... registered five tackles against Northwestern ... broke up one pass at Vanderbilt ... played a total of 320 snaps with over 50 in each of the first four games ... on the gridiron for a season-high 79 plays against Virginia.
2007: Started all 12 games at cornerback ... tied for the team lead with three interceptions while leading the squad with eight pass breakups ... finished the season ranked fourth on the team with 67 tackles ... ranked 37th in the ACC with 5.6 tackles per game and was ninth with 11 passes defended ... returned 15 punts for 85 yards to rank ninth in the ACC with a 5.7 punt return average ... recovered a fumble and returned it 24 yards for a touchdown against Georgia Tech ... it marked Duke’s first fumble return for a touchdown since November 8, 1997 when Darius Clark returned a fumble five yards for a score against Clemson ... recorded two interceptions and seven tackles at Miami ... made a career-high 11 tackles, including 10 solo stops, at Florida State ... posted seven solo tackles and one interception at Northwestern ... registered seven tackles and a career-high three pass breakups against Clemson ... tallied eight tackles in the season-opener against Connecticut ... recorded eight games of five or more tackles ... had a pass breakup in each of the final five games ... top game as a punt returner came against Wake Forest with four returns for 52 yards, including a season-long 26-yard return ... one of two players with over 900 snaps on the season, joining Chris Davis (1,070) ... tallied 987 total snaps with 10 games of over 70 plays ... registered 105 plays at Florida State and 104 at Navy.
2006: Played in 11 games, missing only the Miami tilt ... posted 17 tackles including a season-best six versus Florida State ... also picked up first collegiate interception against the Seminoles ... returned 15 punts for 91 yards to rank first among ACC rookies, 10th overall in the league and 69th nationally with a 6.1 per return average ... long punt return of 22 yards came at Alabama ... had six kickoff returns for 116 yards and a 19.3 average ... long kickoff return of 27 yards came at Virginia Tech.
Prior to Duke: Three-year letterman at Northeast High School under coach Jerry Austin ... listed as the 64th-top cornerback in the country by Scout.com ... earned first team all-county and all-conference honors as a senior after rushing for 1,290 yards and 13 touchdowns while recording 71 tackles and four interceptions ... in junior season, had 69 tackles and six interceptions to garner first team all-county accolades ... named first team all-county as a sophomore following a 58-tackle, nine-interception campaign while helping squad to the district crown ... also participated in basketball, serving as team captain.
Personal: Son of Kayla and Leon Wright ... born September 4, 1987.