Nazier Wright , LB, William Paterson
- Ht: 6’2”
- Wt: 220 lbs.
- Born: September 20, 1998
Scouting Report: Long, athletic linebacker that possesses range and speed to play safety…has potential to excel as a standout special teams player…twitchy athlete…disruptive, physical defender who dominated his level of competition…possesses intangibles of strong work ethic, high character and competitive toughness.
2022: Invited to, and participated in, the FCS Bowl in Daytona Beach, Florida…D3Football.com Fourth Team All-American…All-ECAC First Team…D3Football.com Second Team All-Region 2…NJAC Defensive Player of the Year…All-NJAC First Team Defense…became the first Pioneer since 1993 and the second in program history to be named the NJAC Defensive Player of the Year…started all 10 games…finished first on the team with 6.5 sacks and tied for first in tackles for loss (16)…logged 68 tackles on the season, which was good for second on the team to go along with two forced fumbles, a pair of blocked kicks and eight quarterback hurries…ranked inside the top-10 in the conference in tackles (43) and tackles for loss (9.5).
2021: Selected to the D3football.com All-Region 2 Third Team, All-ECAC Second Team and All-NJAC First Team Defense…started all nine appearances, amassing 70 tackles (37 solo, 16.0 TFL), 5.5 sacks, 11 pass breakups, two forced fumbles and an interception…put together three double-digit tackling efforts…ranked tied-fourth in tackles for loss and tied-seventh in passes defended (12)…in the NCAA Statistics, rated 20th in tackles for loss and 24th in passes defended…in the NJAC, was first in TFL/game (1.78), tied-first in tackles for loss, forced fumbles, forced fumbles/game (0.22) and pass breakups, second in sacks and passes defended/game (1.33), tied-second in tackles, third in sacks/game (0.61) and passes defended, and seventh in tackles/game (7.8).
2020: COVID year. Did not play.
2019: Did not play.
2018: Appeared in all 10 games in his first season donning the Purple and White, primarily seeing the field on special teams…collected nine tackles, including making four unassisted stops…recorded three multi-tackle games…made his Lumberjack debut in the season opener at FBS 18th-ranked Mississippi State (Sept. 1)…notched two tackles at Incarnate Word (Sept. 15) and at 16th-ranked Nicholls (Nov. 10)…registered a career-high three stops versus Lamar (Oct. 27).
Prior to SFA: Spent one season at Dodge City Community College in Dodge City, Kansas … Claimed 2017 All-Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference honorable mention accolades…third on the team with 64 total tackles, including 36 solo stops, gained a sack and had 7.5 tackles for loss for 17 yards…forced a fumble and had three fumble recoveries…broke up a pair of passes and had two blocked kicks…played his prep career at John F. Kennedy High School in Paterson, New Jersey…named All-Big North Conference First Team and All-County First Team…played in the Phil Simms North-South All-Star Classic…also lettered in track and field, specializing in the 200m, 4x400m relay, hurdles and jumps.