DENVER — Colorado State football fans came to learn Friday night what those of us in the Panhandle have known for years: Dante Wright can flat out play football.
He’s got the hands. He’s got the shiftiness. He’s got the vision.
And above all else, he’s got the speed, the Rams freshman and Navarre alumnus in possession of an afterburner that would put most fighter jets to shame.
It was all on display in the Colorado State’s 51-31 loss to Colorado on Friday night, the diminutive speedster grabbing hearts and headlines in equal measure.
I DONT KNOW WHO DANTE WRIGHT IS BUT HE IS MY FAVORITE FOOTBALL PLAYER— Stephen Cohen (@scohenSEA)August 31, 2019
How the did the SEC let Dante Wright get out of Florida?— Nick Kosmider (@NickKosmider)August 31, 2019
Wright touched the ball only seven times, but he totaled 131 yards and two highlight reel touchdowns.
“Dante is a stud,” CSU quarterback Collin Hill told The Denver Post. “To be a true freshman on this stage he performed well. He was making plays like he was tonight all camp. Dante is a really special player.”
Hill and Wright hooked up early and often Friday, the redshirt junior dialing up the freshman midway through the first quarter. Down seven, Wright raced past a pair of Colorado defensive backs to haul in the first pass of his college career and fight his way into the end zone for a 39-yard score.
COLORADO STATE RESPONDS! Collin Hill hits Dante Wright for the 39 yard TD!pic.twitter.com/UPdUwDfGWm— #FlashSZN (@ftbeard_17)August 31, 2019
Later, with time winding down in the first half and the Rams trailing 17-14, Wright took a sweep from left to right 41-yards to the house.
He was never touched.
Dante Wright’s 41 yard touchdown run:pic.twitter.com/RpSB3MZin5— Jay Phillips (@jayrphillips)August 31, 2019
As a senior with Navarre in 2018, Wright wracked up 1,598 all-purpose yards and 19 touchdowns, leading the Raiders to the Region 1-6A finals.
“He’s got big-play ability, and he did it against really good competition in really big games when we really needed a big play,” Navarre coach Jay Walls told the Daily News in 2018. “He’s a great kid that’s a great football player, a big-time playmaker.”
Only one game into Wright’s career, CSU coach Mike Bobo agrees wholeheartedly.
“Dante Wright has been producing all of fall camp,” Bobo told The Denver Post. “Productive guys are going to play. He’s fearless like his momma told me in recruiting. She said ‘Dante is special.’ And he is special. He’s a great kid, great young man. He did a great job tonight.”