Practices for the 2012 East-West Shrine Game began on Monday in St. Petersburg and with gameday fast approaching, CBS Sports is previewing each game. On Monday, the website's Dane Brugler named Arkansas wide receiver Jarius Wright the top prospect in the Shrine Game, set to take place on Saturday at Tropicana Field, and had the following to say about him.
Wright is a savvy route runner and knows how to get open, selling routes beautifully. He competes for every pass and has elite body control and focus to adjust his frame mid-air and snatch the pass with his reliable hands. Wright has marginal bulk with a smallish frame and his lack of strength is exposed against physical cornerbacks, but he has the quick-twitch burst to redirect in any direction and shows an extra gear downfield. Wright is one of the top slot or "Y" receivers in this draft class because of his ability to manipulate the middle of the field and use his natural feel to find soft spots in coverage.
Wright had 66 receptions for 1,117 yards and 12 touchdowns during the 2011 season. The senior went for 100 or more receiving yards four times and broke out for 13 catches, 281 yards and a pair of touchdowns in a 42-38 win against Texas A&M on Oct. 1. Wright finished his Razorbacks career with 168 catches for 2,934 yards and 24 touchdowns.
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