Chasz Wright was initially signed by the Pirates in late 2019. With no arena football in 2020 due to the nationwide pandemic, our first glimpse of the powerful offensive lineman from Penn State University will be in the upcoming 2021 season. Soon after playing his final game as a Nittany Lion, Wright declared for the NFL draft. Although he slipped off the radar and went undrafted, Wright was invited to the Buffalo Bills minicamp where he began learning what it means to be a professional football player. He arrives with confidence, having exceeded all expectations in college, competing against the best in the Big Ten Conference, arguably college football’s toughest conference.
In 12 games as a senior for the 2018 Nittany Lions, including two starts at right tackle, Wright helped pave the way for a potent offense. Wright protected starting quarterback Trace McSorley, who reached the 9,000 career passing yards mark, and opened holes for running back Miles Sanders who eclipsed 1,200 rushing yards on the season. Wright’s final game as a Nittany Lion came in the 2019 Citrus Bowl against Kentucky. At the team’s postseason banquet Wright earned the Quarterback Club Award, given to a player deserving of special recognition.
Wright’s junior year, 2017, saw him earn nine starts and again play in 12 games. Consistent play from Wright on the offensive line led to McSorley throwing for over 3,500 yards and running back Saquon Barkely gobbling up over 1,200 yards rushing. On the season Penn State’s offense rolled for over 500 total offensive yards several times, notably in the Fiesta Bowl when they racked up a whopping 545. Wright played a big part in his team’s offensive success.
Wright earned his first start for the Nittany Lions in 2016 against Indiana. He ended up playing in all 14 games that season and was a key member of a team that beat Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship by a score of 38-31. It was the most points scored on the Badgers since 2014. Wright even recorded his first college tackles on an interception by McSorley. Following that performance, on January 2, Wright helped his team become the first in Rose Bowl history to have a 175-yard performance both by a running back and a wide receiver. Barkley had 194 rushing yards and Chris Godwin hauled in 187 yards receiving.
2015, Wright’s redshirt freshman season, saw him as one of only seventeen freshmen to see game action, primarily on special teams. Wright earned his degree in telecommunications and currently works towards a second degree in communications arts & sciences. Wright will be entering his age-26 season with the Pirates this year.