It's Wednesday, which means it's time to get to know a little bit more (or just anything at all) about one of the Southeastern Conference's football players. Now when this player succeeds, massively fails or is shown milling around in the background of a TV shot, you'll know that his greatest off-the-field accomplishment involves the sale and transportation of hobos. Or something like that.
The team of the player selected is chosen through a super-secret process which I cannot reveal, however, the number of the player is randomly chosen by visiting www.random.org and using whatever number is spat out from its random-creating machine.
Next week, all 12 teams go back in the pool, so I'm sure that will be exciting.
Today's number: 34
Today's team: Mississippi State
#34 K.J. Wright, LB, Mississippi State
BUT WHAT DOES HE LOOK LIKE ON THE FOOTBALL FIELD?
There you go. But, should you run into him at a banquet or some sort of formal occasion, you'll know who he is.
Some background information: Finally, a major contributor to a football team. K.J. was second on the team in tackles last year with 82, second in tackles for a loss, forced two fumbles and recorded one total sack. He's also Jack Crystal's smoking buddy. Well, we know that's not true since I'm pretty sure Crystal has slipped into the crotchety old man zone and hates everyone. But, perhaps if they had known one another 89 years ago when Crystal was the ripe old age of 63, they could shared a heater or two. And if Wright smoked (that's legal products), which I assume he doesn't (again, legal products).
Greatest on-field accomplishment: Against Florida last year, he tallied eight tackles and was involved in two sacks of Tim Tebow as a part of the defense that scored 14 points on the Gators.
Greatest off-the-field accomplishment: Kept his senses about him and depression in check while suffering through the Sylvester Croom era for two years.
Way(s) in which he has embarrassed himself, his family, team and school: A less-than-extensive Google search revealed nothing, making him a walker of the straight and narrow.
Strengths: Size, experience and seemingly competent coaching has surrounded him since being in Starkville. Even though the teams were awful, the defensive coaching was pretty solid.
Weaknesses: Has a quarter of a million minutes logged in field time thanks to the inept offenses of Mississippi State. Also, much like his former coach, does not possess great speed.
What to expect in 2010: K.J. will be one of the anchors of the State defense, so you'll see plenty of him on the field. Expect more tackles and higher numbers in just about every category. And given that Chris Relf will be operating the State offense, you really will see plenty of K.J. on the field, as well as shots of him on the bench gasping for air and swilling Gatorade.