May 10, 2014
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State cornerback Tay Glover-Wright has signed a free agent contract with his hometown Atlanta Falcons it was announced Saturday.
Glover-Wright becomes the seventh Utah State football player from the 2013 Mountain West Conference Mountain Division and San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl championship team to move on to the NFL as safety Maurice Alexander was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the fourth round (110th pick) and cornerback Nevin Lawson was also drafted in the fourth round (133rd pick) by the Detroit Lions, while center Tyler Larsen (Miami Dolphins), tight end D.J. Tialavea (Jacksonville Jaguars), nose guard AJ Pataiali'i (Baltimore Ravens) and linebacker Jake Doughty (Green Bay Packers) all signed free agent contracts.
Glover-Wright, a 6-0, 175-pounder from Smyrna, Ga. (Campbell HS/Eastern Arizona CC) played in all 14 games with 10 starts during his senior season and finished the year eighth on the team with 52 tackles (31-solo, 21-assist), while ranking second on the team with 10 pass breakups and tied for seventh with 5.0 tackles for loss. Glover-Wright also returned 19 kickoffs for 429 yards during the season, including a career-long kickoff return of 54 yards at San José State. Overall, his kick return average of 22.6 yards ranked sixth in the Mountain West and 58th in the nation. Glover-Wright also carried the ball eight times for 39 yards during the season, with a career long rush of 19 yards against New Mexico.
As a senior, Glover-Wright recorded a career-high 11 tackles (4-solo, 7-assist), which included a career-best 2.5 tackles for loss, to go along with two pass breakups against Wyoming. He also had a career-high three pass breakups at Air Force and recorded his first career sack against Colorado State. Glover-Wright, who recovered a fumble at Utah and forced a fumble at USC, finished his career by recording 5.0 tackles for loss in his final four games.
Glover-Wright finished his two-year Utah State career playing in 27 games with 11 starts and had 69 total tackles (40-solo, 29-assist), which included 5.0 tackles for loss and 1.0 sack. He also recorded 10 pass breakups, forced one fumble and recovered one fumble on defense, while carrying the ball 20 total times for 105 yards (5.3 ypc) on offense.
Utah State concluded the 2013 season with a 21-14 win against 24th-ranked Northern Illinois in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl to finish the year with a 9-5 record and tie the 1960 and 1961 teams for the second-most wins in school history. With its win against Northern Illinois, Utah State posted back-to-back bowl wins for the first time in school history as it played in its third-straight bowl game, also a first at USU.
Utah State, who finished the 2013 season by winning six of its final seven games, also set the school record for conference wins as it posted a 7-1 league mark in its first season in the Mountain West to win the Mountain Division of the conference and advance to the inaugural Mountain West Championship game.
Utah State ended the year ranking tied for 37th nationally in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches' polls with two votes each, marking the second time in as many years that USU has concluded the season ranked among the top teams in the nation as the 2012 team was ranked 16th in the final AP poll, 17th in the final coaches' poll and 22nd in the final Bowl Championship Series (BCS) standings.
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