Former Mississippi State, Vanderbilt QB Mike Wright transfers to Northwestern

A former Southeastern Conference quarterback who’s started more than a dozen games in his career announced his commitment to transfer to Northwestern.

Mike Wright, who played in all 12 games and started three at Mississippi State last season, announced Thursday on social media his commitment to the Wildcats.

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According to Pete Thamel of ESPN, Wright visited Northwestern and was hosted by receivers A.J. Henning, Calvin Johnson II and Bryce Kirtz, who combined for 1,151 yards and nine touchdowns in 2023.

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Wright will enter his fifth season of college football this fall. He arrived at Vanderbilt in 2020 as a three-star recruit from Fayetteville, Georgia. The 6-foot-4, 195 pound quarterback also claimed Woodward Academy’s record in the 200-meter dash.

Wright spent three seasons at Vanderbilt earning 11 starts, 2,067 passing yards, 21 touchdowns to 11 interceptions and a nod as one of the Commodores captains in 2022.

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Overall, Wright has played in 38 games, passing for 2,520 yards and 24 touchdowns and rushing for 1,229 more yards and 10 more scores at the college level.

The talented multi-sport athlete also joined Mississippi State’s track and field team in apiary. He competed in his first track meet Jan. 13 at the Vulcan Invite part of the Bulldogs 4x200m Relay Team.

Wright will use his final year of eligibility with Wildcats head coach David Braun and Northwestern. The Wildcats saw starter Ben Bryant graduate from the program after last season, and backup Brendan Sullivan transferred to Iowa, according to ESPN.