National Scouting Combine presents QB Jiya Wright

Position: Quarterback

School: University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM)

HT/WT: 6’.05”           205lb

X: @Jiya_football18

Instagram: jiyawright18

Achievements: (awards, honors, notable accomplishments, etc…)

  • Euell Wilson Award Winner (MVP of SAC conference)
  • First-team all-state, all-conference, all-district
  • State appearance in Track Senior year, 4x400m relay


How’d you end up at your current school? What was the recruiting process like? 


I attended four universities in my college career. I attended Northern Illinois University (NIU) out of high school (18-19) but decided to transfer after coaching staff change and position change to safety.


I transferred to D2 Florida Tech (FIT) to continue college football and pursue a degree in aviation (19-20). Covid led to the termination of the football program (spring 2020), but I decided to stay through fall 2020 to continue my education and determine my next step in my college athletics career.


I was recruited to Fort Scott Community College (spring 2021) after being discovered on social media through training videos.


I was recruited to ULM after my juco coach (Kurt Kennedy) received a job at ULM, and was able to get me a scholarship spot (summer 2021)


What gives you an advantage over other athletes at your position?


My athleticism and play making ability is a big part of my game because I’m able to create time and space from defenders that allows me to extend plays and make things happen when a play is unable to be executed. Being a part of 4 college football teams and having to learn seven college offenses has also allowed me to learn quickly and incorporate different play styles into my game.


What does being a student of a game mean to you?


Learning seven different offenses has taught me what it means to be a student of the game. As a Quarterback, it is my responsibility to understand every nuance and detail of the offense. The thorough understanding of the offense allows me to focus more on the defense through film study. Being able to understand the personnel, fronts, coverage, and tendencies of a defense is critical for an offense to have success and be able to take advantage of their weaknesses.


How does being a Quarterback reflect itself in your personal life?


Being a Quarterback teaches you how to be self-critical, detail oriented and, a natural leader. As a QB you must always find ways to improve your play to stay ahead of your opponents. This is also true in personal life. Being self-critical on your actions and how to be a better person is very important to me. A QB must be thorough and commit to the plans he has set forth for himself. As a person it is important to follow through on the plans you set for yourself and the things you say. Anyone can say they are going to do something, but it takes a detail oriented and self-motivated person to act on what you say. Finally, a QB is the backbone of the team and must be the source of confidence and determination for the players regardless of the situation they are in. Being a leader is necessary in life as well. Leaders must be able to not only encourage others to achieve their goals, but also encourage themselves to achieve their own.


How would you describe your work ethic?


My work ethic is one of my most important attributes because it is what allows me to continue progressing my skills as a quarterback, player, and person. I have always been determined to better myself whether its alongside teammates or alone. My routine at ULM during the off season consisted of training every aspect of my game Mon-Fri. I also worked out 5 times a week during the season and made sure to watch film of my opponents every week outside of mandatory position meetings. If there is an opportunity for me to play football, I will prepare for it to the best of my ability. I feel I have treated my training like a job because it is exactly that at the professional level.


What do you consider to be one of the more important things you learned from the coaching staff?


After being a part of several different coaching staffs, I feel I have learned that there is the right way to do things, and there is the wrong way to do things. I have been a part of programs that built the program up the right way and created a family, and I have been a part of programs that are simply there to collect a paycheck. Being a part of a program that is committed to building a family and doing things the right way taught me how to do that outside of football as well. I feel if you are going to commit to something, you give all your effort to achieve it.



What would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in your sports career so far?


I’m very proud of my performances vs. App st., Troy, Texas A&M, and Ole Miss. App st. and Troy played each other in the SBC Championship, but during the regular season I performed my best statistically against these two teams respectively. I feel I was able to show my athletic ability when playing Texas A&M and Ole Miss. My speed and athleticism allowed me to get the edge on several IZ read plays and out run LBs and safeties.


Outside of game play, I placed 1st and 2nd (1st in 2022, 2nd in 2023) in ULMs summer training program (“Iron Hawk”). The Iron Hawk summer training program contained every NFL Combine event as well as several weight room lifts. The numbers players tested were correlated directly to NFL Combine numbers. These numbers were converted to a percentage which showed where players would be ranked. My test numbers placed me in the 96thpercentile.


How did you hear about the National Scouting Combine?


I was blessed to receive a twitter message which extended an invititation to the NSC.


Why did you choose the National Scouting Combine?


I chose the NSC because it gives me another opportunity to put my talents on display.


What do you hope to show people at the combine?


I hope to show people that despite being a relatively unknown player, I have the athleticism and skill to play at the next level.


What was your Major? 

Due to transfer credits not transferring, I had to get my undergrad in general studies so I could maintain my graduation date.


I am currently in the MBA program at ULM and will graduate fall 2024.


If you could make a positive impact on all of society what would it be and why?