Aug. 2, 2013
Randy Wright was getting set for his redshirt freshman season in 2010 when suddenly, with the unexpected departure of quarterback Greg Denham, he was handed the keys to the Aggies' engine. He started the season opener at Cal - the first Aggie redshirt freshman to start an opener since 2000 - and has started at the position since. He's moving up the UC Davis charts for career pass yards, attempts and touchdowns.
Junior Jabari Howard sat down with Wright to talk about his Aggie experiences. This is the third of a series of Q&A's with the Aggie senior class that Howard is conducting as part of "Jabari's Corner".
What was your best memory from last year’s football season?
I think we put our name on the map. We were supposed to get blown out by Montana State and Eastern Washington but we led Eastern Washington by 11 at the half and Montana State by seven in the fourth quarter. Those were proud moments, but we obviously have to finish those games this year.
What are you most looking forward to this upcoming season?
The amount of energy the coaches bring I think is going to translate into energy on the field. People have been working hard in the offseason so I think there will be a better product on the field.
What is the best part of being a college football player?
Obviously we get school paid for and we get a good education. We’re the No. 8 public school in the nation, and you need an education because football obviously stops at some point. Working out, I get to meet a great group of guys that are going to be your best friends forever.
Describe Coach Gould in one word.
If you were the director of a movie about Coach Gould, what actor would you cast to play him?
Tracy Morgan is the first name that pops into my mind.
What is something most people do not know about you?
A lot of people don’t know that I’m fluent in Spanish.
Is there a player in the NFL that you try to model your game after?
I’m a big fan of Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady. Tom Brady is a leader on the field and he plays with passion. I like Aaron Rodgers’ cool demeanor on the field, nothing bothers him. He gets the job done and doesn’t really say much. I really enjoy watching those two guys play.
If you were to translate your game on the football field to the music industry what famous music artist do you think you would be?
Lynyrd Skynyrd. Have you ever heard of the song “Simple Man”? Enough said.
If you became a professor at UC Davis tomorrow, what class would you teach?
I could teach Spanish 100, seeing that I’m fluent.
Now that you are a senior, what advice would you give to freshman Randy Wright?
You never know when it’s going to be your time. Always stay ready and do the most you can in the moment. Our senior quarterback left and that’s how I got my opportunity to start and I stayed ready and hoped for the best.