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Name: Winston Wright Jr. (Transfer from West Virginia)
College: Florida State     Number: 1
Height: 5-09   Weight: 180
Position: WR  Pos2: KR
Class/Draft Year: Jr/2023

40 Low: 4.38
   40 Time: 4.48
  40 High: 4.57
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Weight: 180

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 Data Scout Notes: 2021: Transfer from West Virginia...HMC-WR&KR...2020: 2ndC

 Winston Wright Jr., Florida State, Player News


  2021 ALL-BIG 12 HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Winston Wright Jr. (KR/PR, WR),...Earning All-Big 12 honorable mention were Alonzo Addae (DB), Leddie Brown (RB), Josh Chandler-Semedo (LB), Bryce Ford-Wheaton (WR), James Gmiter (OL), Casey Legg (PK), Sean Mahone (DB), Akheem Mesidor (DL), Wyatt Milum (OL), Tyler Sumpter (P) and Winston Wright Jr. (KR/PR, WR). - West Virginia Football

(DS#23 WR) Jr/2023 WR Winston Wright Jr.Florida State
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  Winston Wright has always been on top of the speed game. The blazing Mountaineer receiver came to campus with a reputation for making tracks, and he showed his ability to run past opponents early in his West Virginia career, taking a kickoff 95 yards for a score at Baylor in his freshman season of 2019, and splitting the Oklahoma State defense for a 70-yard catch and run last season for another TD. Still, like many members of WVU's receiving corps, inconsistency in catching the ball has left potential yards on the field, rather than in his stat line or on the books for the offense.

Wright doesn't shy away from that critique and understands that even with some of the veterans that populate the receiving room, it's his time to take the next steps in becoming a complete receiver, even though he led the Mountaineers a year ago with 47 catches for 553 yards. "It's time for me to lead now," the confident Savannah, Georgia native said. "We have a unique group, and I need to speak up, and show how to work." In addition to drilling on consistently securing catches, the smallish Wright (generously listed at 5-foot-9 and 180 pounds) has put in time adding a bit more strength. "The coaches wanted me to gain a few pounds but still keep my speed," the second-team All-Big 12 selection said of one of his offseason goals. "That will allow me to block on the perimeter better. It's all about leverage, and who wants it. I need to get better as a complete wide receiver, with my route running and my blocking. It's not just my speed. I have to do the little things that are going to separate me." - Charleston Gazette-Mail


(DS#23 WR) Jr/2023 WR Winston Wright Jr.Florida State
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  Despite the fact that he led the Mountaineers in receptions last season, Winston Wright has been doing all he can to be even better this time around. He's done plenty of technical work this offseason to become a better receiver and he also made a change to provide a little extra mojo. "I switched to No. 1," stated the 5-foot-10, 180-pound sophomore, who has taken over the number worn the past few years by T.J. Simmons, who has since graduated. "There wasn't any big reason for the change. I just wanted a new start in year three. I felt like it's going to be a big year for us, so the number change would be unique."

Wearing No. 16 the past couple seasons, Wright got off to a heck of a start for his college career. The slot receiver had 19 catches for 97 yards as a true freshman in 2019, playing in 10 of WVU's 12 games. Then, in his second season, he exploded with a team-high 47 receptions for 553 yards and two touchdowns. His performance in 2020 earned him second-team all-Big 12 recognition. But he thinks he's capable of even more. "I've tried to get better all the way around," explained Wright, who wore No. 4 in high school. "I put on some muscle (going from 180 to 185), and I've been studying the playbook way harder. It's year three for many of us, and we've put in more stuff (on offense), and everybody is more familiar with everything. I just want to be a leader all the way around." - Charleston Gazette-Mail


(DS#23 WR) Jr/2023 WR Winston Wright Jr.Florida State
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  Though the West Virginia receiving corps is a deep and largely balanced positional group, if one were to tab a true No. 1 receiver, at least in terms of production, it would be difficult to make an argument against Winston Wright. After leading the team in both receptions (47) and yards (553) last season, the junior slot/possession receiver entered the offseason and the spring with a newfound confidence in his place within the WVU attack. Wright drew rave reviews from coaches during the team's 15 spring practices, and his role as the room's alpha male was evident during the Gold-Blue Game as Wright made a team-high four catches and was clearly quarterback Jarret Doege's go-to option. But with that new role has come new responsibilities for Wright, both in terms of leadership and production. In a media conference after the Gold-Blue Game, Wright discussed both of those things.

"We've got a unique group," Wright said. "All of us our young, but we have some old guys in the room so really, just speaking up - just showing your work without speaking is good too. They follow. You lead." That work is and has been multifaceted since the 2020 season ended. Wright said one of his first concerns was in the weight room, where he attempted to bulk up. Now at 5-foot-10, 180 pounds on the latest WVU official roster, Wright said he's done just that. But his physical attributes are just tools for doing the job as a wide receiver. Wright said it was his goal to become a more complete player in that endeavor. "I felt like I needed to get better being a complete wide receiver," Wright said. "Not just my speed and stuff, just me blocking and doing the little things that's going to separate me. I feel like my coaches did a good job of explaining how to block and I'm getting it now, so I feel very comfortable within the game." - Charleston Gazette-Mail


(DS#23 WR) Jr/2023 WR Winston Wright Jr.Florida State
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  West Virginia's offense struggled mightily in 2019, Brown's first season as WVU's head coach, finishing last in the Big 12 in scoring offense (20.6 points per game) and total offense (321.9 yards per game). The Mountaineer offense made some strides last year, improving to sixth in the league in total yards (412.6 per game) and to eighth in scoring (26.5 points per game). Now it will look to take another step or three. Those past offenses were youthful, but in 2021 there is considerably more experience on that side of the ball. WVU returns 16 offensive players who have started previously and another nine who have seen game action.

Sophomore slot receiver Winston Wright is one of those who was pressed into action early in his career, playing in 10 games and catching 19 passes for 97 yards as a true freshman in 2019. A year's experience under his belt helped the Savannah, Georgia, native vault to the top of West Virginia's receiving list last season, as he hauled in 47 receptions for 553 yards. "Last year I was a sophomore and the coaches put a little bit more on me," explained Wright, who had a game-high four catches in Saturday's Gold-Blue Scrimmage. "I thought that helped my confidence. Now I'm ready to lead." - Charleston Gazette-Mail


(DS#23 WR) Jr/2023 WR Winston Wright Jr.Florida State
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  2020 ALL-BIG 12 CONFERENCE FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM: WR Winston Wright Jr., West Virginia,...Four Mountaineers earned league second-team honors, including receiver Winston Wright Jr., offensive lineman Mike Brown and true freshman lineman Akheem Mesidor and redshirt senior safety Alonzo Addae. Wright Jr. led WVU in receiving with 45 catches for 528 yards and two touchdowns. - West Virginia Football

(DS#23 WR) Jr/2023 WR Winston Wright Jr.Florida State
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