2012 Outdoor All-SEC Second Team and SEC All-Freshman Team...2012 SEC Outdoor discus runner-up...Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll...Won the 2012 Vol Ed Murphy Award for an Outstanding Performance.
2013 TRACK & FIELD
Competed in both the shot put and weight throw at the SEC Championship meet...Finished 12th in the shot, with a top distance of 55-4.75...In the weight, earned 26th place with a toss of 49-3.75
Placed 12th in the shot put at the Tyson Invitational with a distance of 55-1.50...Also competed in the weight throw, finishing with a distance of 51-1.50 to place 22nd
Threw the weight 52-2.5 to place 28th in the Championship division at the Armory Invitational...Also competed in the shot put there, where he finished seventh in the Championship division with a toss of 56-4.75
Competed in the shot put and the weight throw at the Texas A&M Mondo Challenge, earning personal records in both events...Claimed the title of the shot put with a new best distance of 60-0.25...Placed eighth in the weight throw with a career best distance of 53-8.25
Earned a new personal best in the weight throw at the Virginia Tech Invitational, placing sixth with a distance of 52-3.75...Also competed in the shot put, earning second place with a toss of 57-0.75
Participated in his first indoor meet as a Vol at the Kentucky Invitational, placing fourth and earning a new personal best of 57-1.50 in the shot put...Also competed in the weight throw, earning an indoor personal best with a distance of 52-2 and placing 11th
Competed in the shot put at the Samford Open, where he finished second behind teammate Matthew Hoty with a toss of 54-6.75
Traveled to the west coast to compete in the LBSU Beach Invitational's discus, finishing sixth with a distance of 179-4
Threw on his home field at the Sea Ray Relays, finishing second in the invitational discus with a mark of 183-4, and seventh in the shot put with a career-best launch of 57-5.75
Reached a then-personal best distance of 57-0.75 in the shot put at the Florida Relays, placing ninth in the invitational division...Placed fourth in the invitational discus, reaching 177-8
Started the weekend early at the Texas State Bobcat Invitational, winning the discus with a distance of 195-2...Competed in the discus again at the Texas Relays, finishing sixth in the A division with a throw of 194-4...Topped his previous shot put personal record with a mark of 55-7 at the Texas relays to place 12th
Started his outdoor season with a win, personal best, meet record, and facility record in the discus at the MSU Conference Challenge, reaching 196-6...Also earned a then-personal record in the shot put at the meet, hitting 54-6.5 to place fourth
2012 TRACK & FIELD
Honors - Outdoor All-SEC Second Team...SEC All-Freshman Team...Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll...Earned the Vol Ed Murphy Award for an Outstanding Performance...Indoors - Redshirted...Outdoors - Produced a second-place finish in the discus at the SEC Outdoor Championships, landing a career-best mark of 177-1...Added a ninth-place finish in the shot at 51-5...Qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary Round in the discus throw but did not progress beyond that round after finishing with a distance of 172-7...Claimed the Invitational discus crown at the Sea Ray Relays with a fling of 176-9...Finished first in the discus at the Vanderbilt Invitational with a toss of 176-4...Won the discus in his first home meet as a Vol, landing a mark of 171-1...Was runner-up in UCLA/Washington State Double Dual with a best throw of 176-4...Produced a second-place finish in the discus with a toss of 173-11 in his UT debut at the SEC/Big Ten Challenge...Had an eighth-place showing in the shot, tossing the ball a career-best 51-8 1/4...Fourth in the Open shot at 51-3 1/2 and threw the discus 173-7 in the Open section to place 15th at the UCSD Triton Invitational.
After transferring from Lenoir-Rhyne, competed unattached at the USA Junior Championships during summer 2011, placing fifth in the discus with a toss of 178-3 in Eugene, Ore.
Was a scholarship football player for the Bears during the 2010 season and was on the 2011 track team as an unattached competitor before transferring to Tennessee to devote total focus on his throwing career...Also competed unattached on the track team for the Bears, uncorking a toss of 173-10 on his third attempt to win the discus throw at the 2011 Raleigh Relays...That effort cemented his desire to pursue a throwing career at an NCAA Division I institution.
Was the 2010 AAU Junior Olympics national champion in the discus with a career-best throw of 191-2...Competed at the 2010 N.C. USATF Junior Olympics, winning first in discus (178-5) and placing second in shot put (49-1.25)...Placed ninth in discus at the 2010 New Balance Outdoor Nationals at 168-4.75...Earned first place in discus and second in shot put at the NCHSAA State Track Championships in 2010...Holds a North Carolina State Meet record in his classification for discus, with a distance of 185-1...Played football in North Carolina's East-West All-Star Game
Enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences...Born Jan. 6, 1992 in Poughkeepsie, N.Y....Parents are Edwina and Charles Wright, Jr....Has two siblings, James, and Geneva...Recipient of John and Felice Bratton Scholarship Endowment.