FRANK WRIGHT
Defensive Tackle
1981-1984
Greenwood, SC
Biography
A standout at Greenwood High, Wright was named All-State and Lineman of the Year as a senior in 1979. He went on to be named Defensive MVP of the 1979 Shrine Bowl and was named a prep All-American by the National High School Coaches Association. Wright spent one season at the Tennessee Military Institute before joining the Gamecocks in 1981. He was good enough as a true freshman to see enough time to record 39 tackles and 5 sacks while backing up All-American Andrew Provence. He played especially well in a win over Kentucky, recording three sacks. Wright moved into the starting lineup full time the next season, teaming with Provence to form a strong interior line. Wright had good seasons in 1982 and 1983 but had his best season under new coach Joe Morrison in 1984. His best game may have been the nationally televised win over Florida State when he had a sack, two forced fumbles and four tackles. He was named All-State by the state’s sportswriters and played in the East-West Shrine Game for college seniors after the season. Wright was drafted by the New York Giants and spent time in camp with the Giants in 1985 and the Colts in 1986. He had a long career with Michelin North America and has been coaching the defensive line at Irmo High.
Prior Schools
SchoolLocation
Greenwood Greenwood, SC
Tennessee Military Sweetwater, TN

Roster Listings
YearRosterNumPosHtWtYrGmsGS
1981 1981 Media Guide L 6-3 255 Fr
1981 Clemson 1981 71 DT 6-3 275 Fr 0 0
1982 1982 Progam vs Duke 90 DT 6-3 275 So 6 6
1983 1983 Media Guide 90 DE 6-3 283 Jr
1983 Program vs Notre Dame 90 DT 6-3 283 Jr 1 1
1984 Program vs Florida State 90 DT 6-3 270 Sr
1984 Gator Bowl Media Guide 90 DT 6-3 276 Sr 3 3
Depth Chart Appearances
DescriptionPositionRank
9/26/1981 vs. Georgia Left Defensive Tackle 2nd String
10/17/81 vs Virginia Left Defensive Tackle 2nd String
10/17/81 vs Virginia Right Defensive Tackle 2nd String
10/24/81 vs North Carolina Left Defensive Tackle 2nd String
10/24/81 vs North Carolina Right Defensive Tackle 2nd String
1982 Media Guide Right Defensive Tackle Co-Starter
11/20/82 vs. Clemson Right Defensive Tackle Starter
1983 Media Guide Right Defensive End Starter
1984 Gator Bowl vs Oklahoma State Left Defensive Tackle Starter
Gamecock Archives Article Mentions
Article
Honors
AwardYear
1979 Shrine Bowl
1984 East-West Shrine Game
Defense
YearSoloAstTklTFLSacksIntPBUQBHFRFFBK
1981 0 0 39 5.0 5.0 0 0 0 2 0
1982 32 23 55 12.0 2.0 0 0 0 1 0
1983 8 52 60 7.0 0.0 1 0 0 1 0
1984 14 68 82 8.0 2.0 1 0 0 4 0
Tot 54 143 236 32.0 9.0 2 0 0 8 0
Games Started
DateOpponentPosition
1982-09-04 Pacific Right Defensive Tackle
1982-09-11 Richmond Right Defensive Tackle
1982-09-18 Duke Right Defensive Tackle
1982-10-02 Cincinnati Right Defensive Tackle
1982-10-23 Louisiana State Right Defensive Tackle
1982-11-20 Clemson Right Defensive Tackle
1983-09-03 North Carolina Right Defensive End
1984-09-08 Citadel Left Defensive Tackle
1984-11-10 Florida State Left Defensive Tackle
1984-11-24 Clemson Left Defensive Tackle
Game Defensive Stats
DateOpponentSOLOASTTKLTFLSKFFFRPBUQBHIPLCDPLRZPLIPP
1981-09-26 Georgia 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0
1982-10-23 Louisiana State 6 1 7 4.0 2.0 0 0 0 0
1983-10-22 Louisiana State 3 1 4 1.0 0.0 0 0 0 0
Scoring Plays
DateOpponentQtrTimeUSCOppPlay
Defense - Sacks
YearDateOpponentDownTo GoSideYdlinePlay
1984 1984-11-10 Florida State 1 10 FSU 45 Kirk Coker sacked for loss of 4 (Frank Wright)
Defense - Tackles For Loss
YearDateOpponentDownTo GoSideYdlinePlay
1981 1981-10-31 North Carolina State 3 2 NCS 18 Larmount Lawson rush for loss of 11 (Frank Wright)
1982 1982-10-30 North Carolina State 2 10 NCS 42 Miller rush for loss of 6 (Frank Wright)
1983 1983-10-29 North Carolina State 1 10 USC 23 Haywood Jeffires rush for loss of 12 (Frank Wright)
1984 1984-10-20 Notre Dame 1 10 NDM 24 Allen Pinkett rush for loss of 3 (Frank Wright)
1984 1984-10-27 East Carolina 2 3 ECU 27 Bunn rush for loss of 2 (Frank Wright)
1984 1984-11-03 North Carolina State 1 10 USC 12 Evans rush for loss of 1 (Frank Wright, Paul Vogel)
Defense - Passes Broken Up
YearDateOpponentDownTo GoSideYdlinePlay
1984 1984-11-03 North Carolina State 2 7 USC 37 Evans pass for Britt incomplete (Frank Wright)
1984 1984-11-24 Clemson 3 4 CLM 40 Mike Eppley pass for Stacy Driver incomplete (Frank Wright)
Defensive Plays
YearDateOpponentDownTo GoSideYdlinePlay
1981 1981-10-24 North Carolina 1 10 UNC 25 Tyrone Anthony rush for no gain (Frank Wright)
1982 1982-09-25 Georgia 2 5 USC 32 Young rush for 4 (Frank Wright)
1982 1982-10-30 North Carolina State 1 10 USC 20 Miller rush for 3 (J.D. Fuller, Frank Wright)
1983 1983-09-24 Georgia 2 3 USC 3 McCluskey rush for 1 (Frank Wright)
1983 1983-10-29 North Carolina State 2 10 NCS 23 Isom rush for 3 (Frank Wright, Paul Martin)
1983 1983-11-19 Clemson 1 10 CLM 32 Stacy Driver rush for no gain (James Seawright, J.D. Fuller, Frank Wright)
1983 1983-11-19 Clemson 1 10 CLM 47 Kevin Mack rush for 7 (Frank Wright)
1983 1983-11-19 Clemson 1 10 USC 36 Kenny Flowers rush for 8 (Frank Wright)
1983 1983-11-19 Clemson 3 1 CLM 35 Kevin Mack rush for 2 (Frank Wright, Rickey Hagood)
1983 1983-11-19 Clemson 1 10 CLM 43 Kenny Flowers rush for 3 (Frank Wright)
1984 1984-09-08 Citadel 1 10 USC 46 McGrier rush for 2 (Frank Wright, Glenn Woodley)
1984 1984-09-22 Duke 2 5 DUK 36 Steve Slayden rush for 1 (Frank Wright)
1984 1984-09-29 Georgia 1 10 UGA 30 Todd Williams rush for 4 (Frank Wright)
1984 1984-09-29 Georgia 1 10 USC 39 Todd Williams rush for 1 (Frank Wright) + SC personal foul
1984 1984-10-06 Kansas State 1 10 KST 26 David Smith rush for no gain (Frank Wright, Carl Hill)
1984 1984-10-06 Kansas State 1 10 USC 37 Lemuel James rush for 1 (Frank Wright)
1984 1984-10-06 Kansas State 1 10 KST 20 Lemuel James rush for 2 (Frank Wright)
1984 1984-10-13 Pittsburgh 1 10 PIT 22 Charles Gladman rush for 6 (Frank Wright)
1984 1984-10-20 Notre Dame 1 10 USC 11 Jefferson rush for 2 (Frank Wright)
1984 1984-10-20 Notre Dame 2 5 NDM 43 Smith rush for 1 (Frank Wright)
1984 1984-10-27 East Carolina 2 14 USC 31 Baker rush for 5 (Paul Vogel, Frank Wright, James Seawright)
1984 1984-10-27 East Carolina 2 10 USC 22 Bunn rush for 4 (Willie McIntee, Frank Wright)
1984 1984-11-03 North Carolina State 1 10 NCS 18 J.Greene rush for 5 (Paul Vogel, Frank Wright)
1984 1984-11-03 North Carolina State 2 2 USC 16 Evans rush for 4 (Paul Vogel, Frank Wright)
1984 1984-11-03 North Carolina State 1 10 NCS 32 Evans rush for 5 (Frank Wright)
1984 1984-11-10 Florida State 2 14 FSU 41 Cletis Jones rush for 5 (Frank Wright, James Seawright)
1984 1984-11-10 Florida State 1 10 USC 45 Cletis Jones rush for 2 (Frank Wright, Tony Guyton)
1984 1984-11-10 Florida State 3 25 FSU 27 Cletis Jones rush for 5 (Paul Vogel, Danny Miller, Frank Wright)
1984 1984-11-10 Florida State 1 10 FSU 43 Greg Allen fumble, caused by (Frank Wright) recovered by (Carl Hill) at FSU 44
1984 1984-11-10 Florida State 2 10 FSU 23 Roosevelt Snipes fumble, forced by (Frank Wright) recovered by (Bryant Gilliard) at FSU 31
1984 1984-11-24 Clemson 3 1 USC 13 Mike Eppley rush for 1 (Frank Wright)
1984 1984-11-24 Clemson 2 10 CLM 24 Stacy Driver rush for 2 (Frank Wright)