Kyle Wright (Jr., Springfield, Ore.) is this week’s Northwest Conference Special Teams Football Student-Athlete of the Week for his outstanding performance against Lewis and Clark this past weekend. The honor was announced Tuesday by the league’s sports information office.
Just six minutes into Saturday's game, Wright started Linfield's scoring spree, returning a punt 75 yards for a touchdown. It was the third-longest punt return in program history, 17 yards shy of the school record, as well as Wright's first career touchdown. On the defensive side of the ball, the monsterback had five tackles, including one solo stop, as the Wildcats routed the Pioneers 63-0.
The junior, who has started all six games this season after coming off the bench the past two years, is the team's second leading tackler with 38 stops (16 solo) and 3.5 tackles for loss.
This is the first weekly conference honor for Wright, and the second for a Linfield special teams player in 2012. Teammate Josh Kay (Sr., Salem, Ore.) won the award in September.
With the win over Lewis & Clark, the third-ranked Wildcats improved to 6-0 on the season and stand alone on top of the Northwest Conference standings at 3-0. Defensively, Linfield has held its opponents to a league-low 18.7 points and 326.8 yards per game, while putting up an average of 43.3 points per contest.
NEXT: The Wildcats are back in action Saturday when they play host to rival Willamette in a key NWC matchup at Maxwell Field. Kickoff is slated for 1:30 p.m.
Scores Linfield's first punt return TD
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