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‘Last Chance U’ alum Nahshon Wright gets first career INT
Former Last Chance U and Oregon State star Nahshon Wright recorded the first interception of his career for the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday. (Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel/USA TODAY Sports)

‘Last Chance U’ alum Nahshon Wright gets first career INT

DALLAS (BVM) – Dallas Cowboys second-year quarterback Nahshon Wright had a long and difficult journey to get where he is today. From losing his father in high school to going the junior college route to earning a DI football scholarship, things have not come easy for Wright and he has used those experiences to help propel him to the NFL.

On Thursday, the former third-round pick made the biggest play of his young professional career, intercepting Tennessee Titans quarterback Joshua Dobbs in the fourth quarter of the Cowboys’ 27-13 victory. This was the first interception for the defensive back, earning it in front of a national crowd on Thursday Night Football.

Wright is no stranger to the spotlight. Nahshon was featured in a few episodes of the fifth season of Netflix’s “Last Chance U” TV series which highlighted Laney College football where his brother, Rejzohn, was on the team. While Wright was already off to Oregon State by the time the show came to Laney, he had played for the Eagles the year prior and was named all-conference after he tallied 17 tackles, four interceptions and three pass breakups.

That helped Nahshon earn an opportunity to join the Beavers program. There he once again proved that he was a stud. The 6-foot-4, 188-pound cornerback recorded 64 total tackles, 11 pass deflections, five interceptions and a forced fumble in 18 games over two seasons.

Following his two seasons at Oregon State, Nahshon was selected in the third round, No. 99 overall, by the Cowboys.

Over two seasons, Nahshon has recorded 31 tackles, four pass deflections, a tackle for loss and an interception. Nahshon also recovered a blocked punt for a touchdown during his rookie season.

While Nahshon hasn’t seen the most playing time so far in his career, only earning two starts, he has slowly earned more time over the past few weeks. After playing just two defensive snaps in Week 14, Nashon has seen his snap count increase each week with 19 in Week 15, 38 in Week 16 and 47 this week, a whopping 72% of the defensive snaps.

Given his growth at the position, Nahshon has earned more playing time with his Cowboys. Now with his first career interception, Nahshon will look to add more turnovers and big plays as Dallas prepares for the playoffs.

Nahshon Wright Dallas Cowboys cornerback
With more playing time, Wright has shown an ability to make plays for the Dallas Cowboys secondary. (Credit: Tim Heitman/USA TODAY Sports)