Markus Wheaton, WR

School: Oregon State  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Chandler, AZ
Height/Weight: 5-11 / 189 lbs.
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03/16/2013 - 2013 Oregon State Pro Day: Wheaton decided to rest on all his numbers from the combine. At Lucas Oil Stadium last month, he recorded top times in the 40-yard dash (4.45), vertical jump (37-inches), short shuttle (4.02), long shuttle (11.16) and bench press (20 reps). Both Poyer and Wheaton looked good during their positional drills with one scout saying "neither did much to help or hurt themselves today." - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/24/2013 - 2013 SENIOR BOWL, WEDNESDAY RISER: WR Markus Wheaton, Oregon State (North Team)...If a prospect is drawing comparisons to Steelers' speedy wide receiver Mike Wallace, then he had better be fast. And Wheaton is, running around and past defensive backs throughout practices this week. The Beavers' leading receiver had a productive senior season and is carrying that momentum over to Mobile where he has looked like the top wideout on the North team. Wheaton tends to play too fast at times in his routes, but when controlled, he has the sudden moves and athleticism to create and make smooth adjustments to the ball. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/24/2013 - 2013 Senior Bowl, Wide Receivers, Three up...2. Markus Wheaton, Oregon State. This is probably the North team's best receiver. He has very good speed (second fastest on this team) and can run routes well, two traits that especially stood out during practices. There was a play Monday where he made a pretty over-the-shoulder catch and another where he adjusted his body to an underthrown ball, making his quarterbacks look a little better on each play. He is also a willing blocker as he got noticed in drills Wednesday. The all-time leading receiver at Oregon State doesn't have huge size but the 5-11, 183-pound speedster should develop into an effective weapon at the next level. - Dave Richard, CBSSports.com

12/29/2012 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR Markus Wheaton already has the school career record for receptions with 224, and he enters the bowl game with 88 receptions this season, three off the OSU record of 91 set by James Rodgers in 2009. Wheaton is also one behind the OSU record for receiving touchdowns in a season, held by James Newson with 12 in 2002. Wheaton's 1,207 receiving yards this season rank sixth on the OSU all-time list, and he's only 99 yards from third place. If all that isn't enough, Wheaton averaged 9.7 yards on his 16 rushing plays this season. - The Sports Xchange

12/29/2012 - WR Markus Wheaton added 12 catches in the season finale to set a new OSU record with 224 receptions in his career. The previous mark was 222 by James Rodgers, who concluded his career last year. Wheaton also goes into the bowl game with a streak of at least one reception in 35 consecutive games. - The Sports Xchange

12/03/2012 - WR Markus Wheaton added 12 catches in the season finale to set a new OSU record with 224 receptions in his career. The previous mark was 222 by James Rodgers, who concluded his career last year. Wheaton also goes into the bowl game with a streak of at least one reception in 35 consecutive games.

11/27/2012 - 2012 ALL-PAC-12 FIRST TEAM: WR Markus Wheaton, Sr., Oregon State...has been selected First Team All-Pac-12 for the 2012 college football season. Wheaton is third on OSU's career list for receiving yards with 2,834, fourth for career receptions with 212 and tied for sixth for career touchdowns receiving with 15. The Chandler, Ariz., native is second in the Pac-12 this year for receptions with 76. Wheaton is the first Beaver wide receiver to earn First Team honors since James Rodgers in 2009. - Oregon State football

11/18/2012 - Sean Mannion passed for 325 yards and four touchdowns, and No. 15 Oregon State routed California 62-14 on Saturday night in what could be Jeff Tedford's final game as the Golden Bears' coach. Markus Wheaton had seven catches for 99 yards for the Beavers (8-2, 6-2 Pac-12), who improved to 5-0 at Reser Stadium and will face Oregon in the Civil War next weekend. Terron Ward ran for 128 yards and two touchdowns, helping the Beavers rack up 559 yards of offense.

Isi Sofele had 104 yards rushing for the Bears (3-9, 2-7), who were hampered all season long by turnovers, penalties, missed assignments and sloppy tackling. Allan Bridgford was 18-of-31 passing for 132 yards. Tedford, two-time conference coach of the year, has been at California since 2002, but the program has been in decline. The Bears are 14-23 in the past three seasons. - AP Sports

11/10/2012 - Week 11 Prospects To Watch: Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State: Much of the credit for Oregon State's surprising 2013 season has been given to their stout defense and for good reason. Regardless of injuries and inconsistency at quarterback, however, Wheaton has emerged as one of the top receivers in the Pac-12 and a breakout NFL prospect. Considering the talent at the position in this conference, that's saying something. Stanford's physicality and pass rush will make it difficult for Oregon State to move the ball consistently, so it may be up to Wheaton to make some explosive plays -- something he's shown the ability to do with nine touchdowns scored on the year. This game begins at 3 p.m. ET and will be televised by Fox. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

11/07/2012 - PAC-12: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 10: Keep an eye on: WR Markus Wheaton, 6-1, 182, Oregon State: Why you should watch him: Wheaton has had to deal with two different starting quarterbacks this season, but that doesn't seem to be hurting his production. With Cody Vaz under center against Arizona State, Wheaton hauled in four catches for 108 yards and two touchdowns, including a 17-yard TD catch in the third quarter that gave the Beavers the lead for good in their 36-26 win over the Sun Devils. Season stats (eight games): 54 rec., 787 yards, 8 touchdowns; 13 carries, 95 yards, 1 touchdown. Player ranking: Wheaton is ranked 153rd overall and is the 19th-highest rated RB in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Up next: Wheaton and the Beavers will be going up against a Stanford defense that has struggled against the pass this season. The Cardinal are surrendering 266.1 yards per game through the air, which ranks 10th in the Pac-12. - John Breech, CBSSports.com

10/17/2012 - PAC-12: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 7: 2. WR Markus Wheaton, 6-1, 182, Oregon State: Why he has the second spot: Wheaton had only five days to get comfortable with backup QB Cody Vaz before the Beavers played BYU on Saturday and apparently that's all the pair needed. Wheaton was on the receiving end of two of Vaz's three touchdown passes. The senior wide receiver also scored a TD on a 12-yard run. Overall, Wheaton had five catches for 66 yards in the game. Season stats (five games): 41 catches for 564 yards and 6 TDs; 8 carries, 36 yards, 1 touchdown. Player ranking: Wheaton is ranked 195th overall and is the 23rd-highest wide receiver in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Up next: The Beavers return to Pac-12 play against Utah. Wheaton may have trouble racking up yards against a Ute defense that ranks fourth in the Pac-12. Beaver starting QB Sean Mannion is questionable for the game, but that might not matter. Wheaton's performance against BYU proves he can put up big numbers no matter who's at quarterback. - John Breech, CBSSports.com

10/13/2012 - BYU had gone 13 quarters (197 game minutes) without giving up a touchdown while its defense was on the field. So what does Oregon State go and do? Score 14 points on two of its first three drives and leave with a 42-24 road win. It was that kind of weird, dreary Saturday afternoon at LaVell Edwards Stadium for BYU, where the No. 10 Beavers did more than enough to justify their high ranking despite playing with an inexperienced backup quarterback. OSU led 28-24 in the fourth quarter and then scored a touchdown on a 77-yard drive, capitalizing on a couple of pass-interference calls after facing second-and-long from near midfield with about six minutes left. BYU never led, and pulled within 28-24 on a field goal with 8:55 left. Oregon State, which went three-and-out on its previous possession, showed this isn't quite the Mike Riley-coached team that has ended with losing seasons the last two years, including 3-9 last fall. Starting at its 23, OSU had plays of 11 and 30 yards. A false-start call and a holding left the visitors needing 16 yards on second down. They got two straight 15-yard penalties on BYU's secondary near the end zone. An 11-yard reverse produced a 35-24 lead, and Jordan Poyer -- who had a 51-yard interception returned for a touchdown last year against BYU's quarterback -- got one from 49 yards this time when Cougar receiver Ross Apo couldn't secure the ball near the soggy ground as BYU tried to make up a major deficit. - The Sports Xchange

10/10/2012 - PAC-12: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 6: 1. WR Markus Wheaton, 6-1, 182, Oregon State: Why he has the top spot: Wheaton continued his phenomenal senior season with nine catches for 95 yards and a touchdown in the Beavers' 19-6 win over Washington State on Saturday. In Oregon State's four games this year, Wheaton's been almost unstoppable, averaging 124.5 receiving yards per game, a number that puts him at second in the Pac-12 and seventh in the country. Season stats (four games): 36 catches for 498 yards and 4 TDs. Player ranking: Wheaton is ranked 181st overall and is the 22nd-highest wide receiver in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Up next: With starting quarterback Sean Mannion (knee) sidelined for the near future, there's a good chance Wheaton's numbers could suffer. The senior wide receiver had great chemistry with Mannion. We'll find out on Saturday if Wheaton has any chemistry with backup QB Cody Vaz when the Beavers travel to BYU. - John Breech, CBSSports.com

10/02/2012 - PAC-12: DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 5: 1. WR Markus Wheaton, 6-1, 182, Oregon State: Why he has the top spot: Wheaton followed up his 150-yard, one-touchdown performance against UCLA two weeks ago with a 10-catch, 166-yard, two-touchdown performance against Arizona last weekend. The Oregon State senior is second in the Pac-12 in receiving yards per game (134.3), ahead of some bigger names like Cal's Keenan Allen, Washington State's Marquess Wilson and Marqise Lee and Robert Woods from USC. With 27 receptions, Wheaton has been quarterback Sean Mannion's favorite target so far this season. Season stats (two games): 77 catches for 403 yards and three TD. Player ranking: Wheaton is ranked 181st overall and is the 22nd-highest wide receiver in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Up next: In Week 4 against UCLA, Wheaton set a career-high with 150 receiving yards. In Week 5, Wheaton topped his personal best with 166-yards against Arizona. This week, Wheaton could top his career-high once again as the No. 14 Beavers host Washington State. The Cougars pass defense has struggled this season, surrendering 309.4 ypg, a number that ranked 115th in the nation. - John Breech, CBSSports.com

09/30/2012 - WR Markus Wheaton, with 10 receptions for 166 yards, raised his career totals to 163 catches for 2,153 yards, which are fifth and sixth, respectively, on the OSU career lists.

09/25/2012 - 09/24/12 NFL DRAFT SCOUT RISER: WR MARKUS WHEATON, OREGON STATE...While most FBS programs have four games in the books so far in 2012, Oregon State has played just two contests so far this season. But senior wideout Markus Wheaton still ranks top-10 in the conference in both catches (17) and yards (237), ranking third among Pac-12 receivers in yards per game (118.5). In the Beavers upset win over UCLA this past Saturday, he set a career-best with 150 yards receiving on nine catches, scoring his first score of the year. He quietly produced 73 receptions a year ago, but the pace Wheaton is on so far this season, he won't be a secret much longer. Listed at 6-0 and 182 pounds, Wheaton has a lean, lanky frame and doesn't look like much with limited muscle tone, but he catches everything thrown his way and immediately turns upfield to get every yard he can. He does a nice job creating separation by setting up his routes and fooling defensive backs with a decisive footwork and good quickness out of his breaks. Wheaton doesn't have blazing speed (40-yard dash probably in the mid-4.4's), but he accelerates quickly, beating UCLA's press coverage and easily getting vertical. He is a smart receiver and plays like a confident veteran, working soft spots in zones, never backing down against physical defensive backs. Wheaton is more of a finesse possession wideout, but his reliability and production could move him from borderline draftable into the mid-round range. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

07/23/2012 - Top-five Oregon State prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 2. WR Markus Wheaton...Used in much the same way as the Beavers featured former star James Rodgers throughout his long, distinguished career, Wheaton has developed into one of the conference's most versatile and underrated weapons over the last two seasons. Eclipsing the 1,000 yard mark in all-purpose yardage for the second consecutive year, Wheaton caught a career-high 73 passes for 986 yards in 2011, earning honorable mention all-conference honors and looks poised to significantly improve upon those numbers this season. Always known for his straight-line speed, Wheaton proved to be an improved route-runner last season and demonstrated better make-you-miss agility than he'd previously shown. A willing receiver over the middle with the toughness to handle running with the ball on the fly-sweep, Wheaton isn't just a track athlete in football pads. With Rodgers, the school's all-time leader with 222 career receptions and generally reliable pass-catching tight end, Joe Halahuni, having exhausted their eligibility, Wheaton should see even more attention this season as Mannion's clear top target. Don't be surprised if Wheaton proves this season to be one of the Pac-12's most productive receivers - which is saying something considering the talent at this position in the conference -- and establishes himself as a legitmate middle round NFL prospect. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

07/18/2012 - 2012 BILETNIKOFF AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Markus Wheaton, Oregon State, has been selected to the Preseason Biletnikoff Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented to America's top college football wide receiver by The Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc. Wheaton, a native of Chandler, Ariz., started all 12 games as a junior and has 20 starts overall while establishing himself as the Beavers' top playmaker on offense. In 2012, Wheaton just missed his first 1,000-yard receiving season, making 73 catches for 986 yards - good for eighth in the Pac-12. With 136 receptions, Wheaton ranks ninth on Oregon State's career list and his 1,750 receiving yards is just outside the top 10 in OSU history. - Oregon State football


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