QB Mike Wright transferring to Northwestern

Former Vanderbilt and Mississippi State quarterback Mike Wright is transferring to Northwestern for his final season of eligibility.

Wright told ESPN on Thursday that he chose the Wildcats to play for head coach David Braun and new offensive coordinator Zach Lujan.

“Those two guys were the main factors,” said Wright, who made three starts last season at Mississippi State and 11 starts in his time at Vanderbilt (2020-22).

Wright has completed 55.5 percent of his passes for 2,520 yards with 24 touchdowns and 14 interceptions across 38 career games. He has also rushed for 1,229 yards and 10 TDs.

The starting quarterback gig is open at Northwestern with last season’s QB1 Ben Bryant out of eligibility and former backup Brendan Sullivan transferring to Iowa.

Wright’s competition to lead the Northwestern offense in 2024 includes sixth-year veteran Ryan Hilinski and redshirt sophomore Jack Lausch.

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