Wright Earns Big 12 Honor
The Big 12 Conference recently announced its annual All-Big 12 Conference teams and individual awards, as voted on by the league’s 10 head coaches. Among the 2020 honorees is Savannah native Winston Wright Jr. who is a wide receiver at West Virginia University. Wright was one of 13 Mountaineer players to earn All-Big 12 honors.
Wright led WVU in receiving with 45 catches for 528 yards and two touchdowns. The son of Travis and Latrice Wright also returned
17 kickoffs for a team leading 366 yards.
The sophomore business major caught a career-high nine passes against Texas Tech for 126 yards. He also hauled in six receptions for a career-high 127 yards against Oklahoma State. Wright returned seven kickoffs for 128 yards, both career-highs, against Iowa State.
As a freshman in 2019, the former Memorial Day School standout played in ten games, caught 19 balls for 97 yards and returned seven kickoffs for 193 yards and a touchdown.
West Virginia will conclude their season on December 31 with a trip to Memphis, Tennessee to play Army in the Liberty Bowl.
Rougier Signs With North Florida
North Florida women’s basketball has announced the signing of Savannah native Kaila Rougier during the early signing period in November. Rougier is a senior guard on the Beach High School girls basketball team.
“Today is a great day for our Osprey family,” said head coach Darrick Gibbs. “Kaila is a big time athlete who will have a tremendous impact in our program on and off the court. She is a dynamic play maker who fits perfectly into our system. She is a true culture kid who will definitely have an opportunity to leave her mark on this program.”
Rougier, a 5-foot- 5 combo guard, brings impressive credentials to the UNF program from her junior season being a preseason All-State Class AAA and GHSA All-South selection; Class AAA South All- State honoree; all-region first team selection; and a All-Star Preps Best of the Coastal Empire selection. She helped lead the Lady Bulldogs to the Class AAA state title game last season and was an All-Savannah Morning News first-team selection the last two years. Rougier averaged averaged 15.3 points, 4.6 rebounds, three assists and 3.5 steals per game last season while maintaining a 3.8 grade point average in the classroom.
FAMU Women’s Basketball Team Opts Out of 2020-21 Season
The NCAA directed all member schools to provide student-athletes with an option to “opt-out” of competition this year due to concerns of the virus. In doing so, the NCAA will allow the student-athletes to keep that year of eligibility.
The Rattlers began preseason camp with a limited number of players on the roster. With the recent spike in COVID-19 cases, it has been determined that moving forward would not be feasible. ”We are very disappointed but obviously we are taking concerns and circumstances within the women’s basketball program and COVID-19 very seriously. Student-athletes’ health and safety is and will remain our top priority,” Vice President and Director of Athletics Kortne Gosha said. “The Department of Athletics and the University are committed to adhering to all COVID-19 protocols and making sure we keep every Rattler student-athlete safe.
“We will continue to support our student-athletes as the navigate these difficult times. We apologize to our scheduled opponents, as we know this will present scheduling challenges. However, we must keep student-athlete safety as our number one priority.”
First-year head coach Shalon Pillow also expressed disappointment over cancellation of the season.
“I’m disappointed for my two seniors and the young ladies who have worked very hard to get to this point,” she said, “however, the safety and health of our student-athletes is our top priority. Although this was a tough decision, we will continue to support our young ladies during this time.”