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The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University

The Vanderbilt Hustler

The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University.
The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University

The Vanderbilt Hustler

The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University.

BREAKING: Vanderbilt QB Mike Wright to enter NCAA transfer portal

Mike Wright, Vanderbilt’s captain and signal caller, is set to enter the NCAA transfer portal.
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Mike Wright, pictured in Vanderbilt’s game against Florida on Nov. 19, 2022. (Vanderbilt Athletics)

This morning, 247 sports announced that Vanderbilt quarterback Mike Wright will be entering the transfer portal. Of Vanderbilt’s 12 games this season, Wright played in 10 and started in 6. The junior threw for 974 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also ran for 517 yards and 5 touchdowns. Most notably, the Georgia native led the Commodores to a pair of SEC wins for the first time since 2019, with victories over Kentucky and Florida.

Wright first saw playing time with the Commodores in the 2020 season as a dynamic alternative to Ken Seals. After starting five of the last six games in 2021, Wright entered 2022 as the first-string quarterback. He had 6 touchdowns and a career-high 245 passing yards against Elon but lost his starting job to AJ Swann the following week against Wake Forest. He returned to replace an injured Swann later in the season and led the Commodores to heroic victories over Kentucky and Florida. Wright’s departure suggests Coach Clark Lea has already chosen Swann as his quarterback for the 2023 season.

Wright’s absence leaves Vanderbilt’s quarterback room with Swann, Ken Seals, Walter Taylor and Drew Dickey.

This piece will be updated as more information becomes available.

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Andrew Wilf
Andrew Wilf, Former Sports Editor
Andrew Wilf (’24) is Sports Editor for The Vanderbilt Hustler. He is from Livingston, N.J., and is majoring in history and minoring in business. He joined the sports staff his freshman year, previously serving as a Staff Writer, Assistant Sports Editor and Deputy Sports Editor. Beyond writing for The Hustler, he is also the host of Anchor Analysis, Commodore Clash and Live From West End. In his free time, Andrew enjoys watching the NFL and playing golf. He can be reached at [email protected].
Brandon Karp
Brandon Karp, Senior Staff Writer
Brandon Karp ('25) is from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and is studying human and organizational development and political science in Peabody College. You can reach him at [email protected].
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