Mario Cristobal reportedly has another spot to fill on his Miami Hurricanes coaching staff. Defensive ends coach Rod Wright is reportedly leaving UM to coach in the NFL.

Wright will be joining the Houston Texans staff as a defensive line assistant, according to John Brice of FootballScoop. It’s a homecoming for Wright, who prepped at Alief Hastings High School in Houston, where he was a Parade All-American and an all-state performer. Wright stayed in the state for college, helping the Texas Longhorns win a national championship in 2005.

Cristobal hired Wright for the 2022 season after the coach spent 3 seasons at UTSA (2019-21). He started as UTSA’s defensive line coach in 2019 before adding the run game coordinator title in 2020 and co-defensive coordinator in 2021. Before UTSA, Wright coached at East Carolina (2018) and FCS program Sam Houston State (2014-18). He got his start as a graduate assistant at Texas from 2011-to-2013.

Out of college, Wright was drafted by the Miami Dolphins and spent 4 years with the club. He continued his professional career playing for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL and the Dallas Vigilantes of the Arena Football League.