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A 6'6, 335-pounder, Wright was selected 10th overall by the Bears in 2023 after a successful four-year career at the University of Tennessee, where he competed in 47 games (42 starts) - 27 at right tackle, two at right guard and 13 at left tackle. In four seasons, Wright played 2,746 offensive snaps.聽


A Huntington, West Virginia native, Wright聽earned first-team ALL-SEC honors in 2022 after dominating at right tackle for the Vols. Wright concluded his career in Knoxville without allowing a聽sack for 19 consecutive games. He also was selected as a semifinalist for the Rotary Lombardi Award and was a two-time SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week聽during the 2022 season.聽


DARNELL WRIGHT TENNESSEE OVERVIEW (courtesy of Tennessee media relations):聽


2022 (Senior)聽


路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Started all 13 games at right tackle and tied for the team lead in offensive snaps played with 895聽


路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 One of just 14 FBS offensive linemen with more than 850 snaps played in 2022 and no sacks allowed with an efficiency of 99.0 or better according to PFF聽


路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 The only SEC offensive lineman with more than 850 snaps played and an efficiency of over 99.1聽


路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Anchored a Tennessee offense that led the nation in total offense (525.5) and scoring (46.1)聽


路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Concluded his career in dominating fashion against No. 7 Clemson in the Orange Bowl (12/30), in a 66-snap start at right tackle without allowing a sack or a hit聽聽


路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 聽Recorded 50 spotless snaps at Vanderbilt (11/26), allowing no pressures or QB hits and did not commit a penalty in an emphatic rushing game that saw the Big Orange average a single-game record 11.7 yards per carry on the ground and plunge in six rushing scores while amassing 513 yards of total offense聽


路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 聽Blocked for a season-high 84 offensive snaps at South Carolina (11/19) without allowing a pressure as the Vols piled up 507 yards of total offense聽


路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Helped the Vols rack up a program record 724 yards of total offense and set a school record for points against an SEC opponent in Tennessee's 66-24 win over Missouri (11/12), blocking on 75 snaps without allowing a sack, hit or pressure聽


路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Played right tackle for 80 snaps at No. 3 Georgia (11/5) and did not allow a sack, hit or pressure 聽


路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Saw action on 68 snaps at right tackle against No. 19 Kentucky (10/29) without allowing a pressure or committing a penalty and was the highest graded offensive player in the game according to PFF 聽


路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Recognized as SEC Co-Offensive Lineman of the Week for his efforts against the Wildcats聽


路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 聽Blocked for 50 offensive snaps vs. UT Martin (10/22) 聽


路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Protected and paved the way for an offense that racked up 567 yards of total offense in epic win vs. No. 3 Alabama (10/15) without allowing a pressure or sack in 76 snaps at right tackle聽聽


路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 聽Tabbed SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week for his efforts against the Crimson Tide ... Did not allow a sack or a pressure and was PFF's highest graded blocker in Tennessee's road win at No. 25 LSU (10/8)聽


路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 聽Played all 72 snaps in UT's win over No. 20 Florida (9/24) and did not allow a sack or quarterback hit聽聽


路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 聽In 54 offensive snaps vs. Akron (9/17), did not allow any pressures or commit a penalty聽聽


路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 聽Played 79 penalty-free snaps at right tackle at No. 17 Pitt (9/10) and did not allow a sack or QB hit聽


路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 聽Started at right tackle and played 59 offensive snaps without allowing any pressures, hurries, hits, or sacks in season opener vs. Ball State (9/1).聽


2021 (Junior)聽


路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Started all 13 games at left tackle and saw a team-high snap count of 922 on the season, blocking for a Tennessee offense that set program records for points scored (511) and total offense (6,174 yards)聽


路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 聽Played a season-high 111 offensive snaps vs. Purdue (12/30) in the TransPerfect Music City Bowl and did not allow a sack or commit a penalty聽


路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Blocked on 60 snaps in the regular season finale vs. Vanderbilt (11/27), did not allow a sack or commit a penalty as UT racked up 441 yards of total offense, including 285 rushing yards聽聽


路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Did not allow a sack or commit a penalty in 50 snaps vs. South Alabama (11/20), helping UT rack up 561 yards of total offense聽


路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Saw action on 89 snaps vs. top-ranked Georgia (11/13) and did not allow a sack or quarterback hit ... Did not allow a sack or quarterback hit in 49 snaps in road win at No. 18 Kentucky (11/6)聽聽


路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Played 57 snaps at left tackle and did not allow a sack at No. 4 Alabama (10/23)聽


路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 聽Saw action on 83 snaps at left tackle without a penalty vs. No. 13 Ole Miss (10/16), helping the Vols pile up 467 yards of total offense聽


路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Made sixth consecutive start at left tackle vs. South Carolina (10/9), playing 66 penalty-free snaps while helping UT rack up 472 yards of total offense聽聽


路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Did not allow a pressure in 76 snaps at Mizzou (10/2) while helping Vols pile up 683 yards of total offense, including an incredible 458 rushing yards (third most in program history)聽


路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 聽Saw action for 68 snaps at No. 11 Florida (9/25)聽聽


路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Played 53 snaps in start vs. Tennessee Tech (9/18) and did not allow a sack or pressure聽


路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Made his second straight start at left tackle vs. Pitt (9/11) and did not allow a sack or pressure in 74 snaps聽


路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Started at left tackle in the season opener vs. Bowling Green (9/2), helping the Vols rack up 331 yards and four touchdowns on the ground聽聽


2020 (Sophomore)聽


路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 A starter in nine games at right tackle, while seeing action in all 10 contests聽聽


路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Saw time on 569 total snaps聽聽


路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 聽Started at right tackle and helped pave the way for a season-high 540 yards of total offense at Vanderbilt (12/12)聽


路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 聽Helped the Vols rush for 222 yards at No. 23 Auburn (11/21) on 67 offensive snaps ... Played a season-high 74 snaps at Arkansas (11/7) and did not allow a sack聽


2019 (Freshman)聽


路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Started five games at right tackle and two games at right guard, while appearing in 11 contests聽


路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Collected Freshman All-SEC honors聽聽


路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 聽Saw action on 360 offensive snaps 鈥 His sixth straight start came versus South Carolina (10/26) in the game that ignited Tennessee's six-game win streak to end the season聽


路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 聽Started for the first time of his career at right guard in UT's 45-0 win vs. Chattanooga (9/14)聽


路聽聽聽聽聽聽聽聽 Made his collegiate debut in the season opener versus Georgia State (8/31).

*Courtesy Cubs.com

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