University of Oklahoma Sooners
6-3 - 221
Artesia, New Mexico
Artesia High School
4th Round – 115th Overall
Jones started 50-of-52 games at Oklahoma, setting the school position record with 48 consecutive starts (previous mark was 34 by Steve Davis; 1973-75)…Shattered school and Big 12 Conference career-records and placed himself high on the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision record charts with 1,388 completions of 2,183 passes (63.58%) for 16,646 yards and 123 touchdowns…Scored three times on 132 carries for minus 375 yards…On 2,315 offensive plays, he amassed 16,271 yards in total offense and was responsible for 126 touchdowns…His passing yardage total ranks third in NCAA annals behind Case Keenum of Houston (19,217; 2007-11) and Timmy Chang of Hawaii (17,072; 2000-04), as his 16,646 yards topped the old conference mark of 15,793 yards by Graham Harrell of Texas Tech (2005-08) and shattered the previous Oklahoma record of 8,403 yards by Sam Bradford (2007-09)…His average of 320.12 yards per game passing is the eighth-best figure by an NCAA FBS performer…His 123 touchdowns placed fifth in major college annals, topped by Case Keenum (155), Kellen Moore of Boise State (142; 2008-11), Graham Harrell (134; 2005-08) and Colt Brennan of Hawaii (131; 2005-07)…His 123 scoring strikes surpassed the previous school mark of 88 by Sam Bradford…His 16,271 yards in total offense ranks third in college football history, chasing Timmy Chang (16,910) and Case Keenum (20,114) on the NCAA all-time chart…That total bettered the old Big 12 career-record of 15,611 yards by Graham Harrell and shattered the Sooners’ all-time mark of 8,439 yards by Sam Bradford…Jones’ 2,315 total plays broke the old league all-time record of 2,283 by Brad Smith of Missouri (2002-05)…His 2,183 pass attempts broke Graham Harrell’s previous Big 12 mark of 2,011 (only two players in conference history with at least 2,000 attempts in a career) and surpassed the old Sooners record of 1,025 by Josh Huepel (1999-2000)…Jones’ 1,388 pass completions bettered the previous school career record of 654 by Huepel and rank second in Big 12 history behind Graham Harrell’s NCAA record 1,403.
Syracuse University Orange
5-9 - 217
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Ocean Lakes High School
4th Round – 111th Overall
Thomas started 39-of-48 games at strong safety for Syracuse, posting 263 tackles (177 solos) with four sacks for minus 35 yards and 16.5 stops for losses of 55 yards…Gained 27 yards on two interception returns and deflected four other tosses…Caused four fumbles and recovered three others.
Thomas was named All-American third-team by The NFL Draft Report and the team co-captain was a consensus All-Big East Conference first-team selection, in addition to earning Eastern College Athletic Conference Division I All-Star recognition…Started all 13 games, as he led the team with a career-high 88 tackles (62 solos), adding a 6-yard sack and 3.5 stops for losses of 9 yards…Ranked third in the league with three forced fumbles and had one fumble recovery…Gained 27 yards on the first two interceptions for his career…In the Northwestern clash, he tallied two tackles, including a sack for a loss of six yards, and forced a fumble...Recorded seven tackles, including six solo and one tackle for a loss of one yard, and recorded his first career interception vs. Southern California... Notched six tackles, including two solo vs. Stony Brook...At Minnesota, he registered a season-high nine tackles, including six solo tackles and then tied his season-high nine tackles which included seven solo tackles and one for a loss of one yard vs. Pittsburgh... At Rutgers, he tallied six tackles, including two solo and then earned a spot on the Big East Weekly Honor Roll for his effort vs. Connecticut, which included four solo tackles, one forced fumble, and one interception, which he returned 27 yards...At South Florida, he notched a team-high nine tackles, including six solo, and recovered a fumble that set up a touchdown...At Cincinnati, he again earned spot on the Big East Weekly Honor Roll for his career-high 14 tackles, including 10 solo, and forced a fumble...Had six solo tackles vs. Louisville and at Missouri, the safety recorded six tackles, including four solo, followed by a Temple contest where he posted six tackles, including five solo...At the New Era Pinstripe Bowl vs. West Virginia, he notched four tackles, including two solo and 0.5 for a loss of one yard.
University of Oklahoma Sooners
6-3 - 209
Penn State Nittany Lions
Concord High School
6th Round – 186th Overall
After playing at Penn State from 2009-11 transferred to Oklahoma for his final season … started 39 of 49 games played in his career, registering 146 receptions for 1,926 yards (13.2 avg.) with eight receiving touchdowns … recorded 637 yards on 71 career punt returns (9.0 avg.) with one touchdown.
2012 SEASON (Oklahoma)
Started all 13 games at wide receiver in his only season at Oklahoma ... named All-Big 12 Honorable Mention as a wide receiver and return man by coaches ... leads the team in punt returns and punt return yards while ranking second on the team in all-purpose yards (1,121), receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns ... tied a school record with 15 catches and set a career high with 146 yards against Oklahoma State ... recorded his first touchdown as a Sooner at Texas Tech
Florida State University Seminoles
6-1 - 250
Ridge Community High School
6th Round – 206th Overall
Played in 50 games during his career, starting 26 games during his final two seasons … recorded 140 tackles (86 solo), three sacks, 13.5 tackles for loss, one fumble recovery, seven passes defensed and one interception … earned All-ACC Honorable Mention, Phil Steele Postseason All-ACC Second Team honors and was a Under Armour Senior Bowl selection.
Senior who started all 14 games for FSU at the middle linebacker spot...helped Florida State's defense lead the nation in yards allowed per play (3.86), rank second nationally in total defense (254.14 ypg) and rank in the top six nationally in scoring defense (14.71 ppg), rushing defense (92.29 ypg), pass defense (161.86 ypg), pass efficiency defense (95.43) and opponent three-and-outs (6.29 per game)finished fourth on the team with 59 tackles as he eclipsed 50 tackles for the second straight season...recorded five or more tackles in seven of his 14 games...set a career-high with 10 tackles in the Orange Bowl win over Northern Illinois which included his first sack of the season...set a career high with 6.5 tackles for loss for the season and a new career best with two stops behind the line in the ACC Championship Game win over Georgia Tech...had a big game in a key road win at Virginia Tech recording five tackles, a tackle for loss, two quarterback hurries and a fumble recovery...recorded tackles for loss in four of the last five games...named one of four team captains and given the Leadership Award on defense at the team's annual banquet.
2013 NFL Draft
Thursday, April 25 – Saturday, April 27, 2013
University of Illinois
6-0 - 190
East St. Louis, Illinois
East St. Louis High School
5th Round – 150th Overall
Honorable Mention All-Big Ten in both 2011 and 2012 … Played in 44 career games, making 26 starts and posting 163 tackles, 12.5 TFLs, 1.0 sack, six interceptions, including two pick-sixes, and 28 passes defended … Helped lead Illinois to back-to-back bowl victories in 2010 (Texas Bowl) and 2011 (Kraft Fight Hunger) … Defensive MVP of the 2011 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl … Anchored a 2011 Illini defense that ranked seventh nationally in total defense (286.2 ypg) and third nationally in pass defense (162.3 ypg)
Honorable mention All-Big Ten selection by media ... Earned Illinois Point Award as top Defensive Skill Player at annual postseason banquet ... Led the team with seven passes defended (six PBUs and one INT) ... Played in 11 games and started nine, making 44 tackles, 4.0 TFLs, 1.0 sack, six PBUs and one INT in senior season ... Also returned 12 kicks for 255 yards (21.2 ypr), including an Illinois season-long of 45 at Ohio State ... Recorded an interception, his first of the season, and five tackles, including one for a loss, at Northwestern ... Posted 10 tackles, including career-highs in solos (9) and TFLs (2.0), recorded his first career sack and had a career-best six kickoff returns for a career-high 158 yards, including a career-long 45-yarder, at Ohio State ... Broke up a pass, made one tackle and posted two kickoff returns, including a 27-yarder against Indiana ... Missed Michigan game due to injury ... Registered seven tackles before leaving the game due to injury at Wisconsin ... Recorded four tackles and one PBU against Penn State ... Registered four tackles, one PBU and a 25-yard kick return against Louisiana Tech ... Made five tackles, including one TFL, and broke up a pass in season-opening win over Western Michigan ... Named to the preseason watch list for the Paul Hornung Award ... Named a preseason third-team All-Big Ten selection by Phil Steele.
Honorable Mention All-Big Ten by the coaches and media ... Played in all 13 games, making 11 starts at cornerback ... Also took over punt return duties late in the season ... Had 60 tackles, 5.0 TFLs, a team-high three interceptions and a team-high 11 passes defended on the season ... Tied for the Big Ten lead in passes defended per game (0.85) ... Earned Defensive Player of the Game honors in Illinois' win over UCLA in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl after scoring the go-ahead touchdown on a 39-yard interception return ... Also recorded five tackles, 1.5 TFLs and a PBU, and returned four punts for 31 yards against UCLA ... Recorded three tackles, a half-TFL and two PBUs against Minnesota ... Led the Illini with a career-high 15 tackles, one forced fumble and one QB hurry against Wisconsin ... Posted two tackles and one TFL and returned his first punt for six yards against Michigan ... Recorded three tackles and one interception against Penn State ... Led team with nine tackles, including a career-high eight solos, along with an interception and a career-high three PBUs against Western Michigan ... Shared the team lead with eight tackles, including one TFL and a PBU in win over Arizona State ... Recorded one tackle and one TFL against South Dakota State ... Posted four tackles in season-opener against Arkansas State.
Played in eight games on the season, making one start ... Missed five games (the first four games and the Minnesota game) due to injury ... Had 28 tackles, 3.5 TFLs, three PBUs and one interception on the season ... Made his first start of the season in the Texas Bowl, where he led the team with a career-high nine tackles, including seven solos, and 1.5 TFLs in the win over Baylor ... Had four tackles and a half-TFL at Fresno State ... Tallied two tackles and a PBU in win over Northwestern ... Recorded three tackles and two PBUs at Michigan ... Secured his only interception of the season and had four tackles and one TFL in win over Indiana ... Tallied three tackles, including his first TFL of the season against Michigan State ... Preseason first-team All-Big Ten by Phil Steele's College Football Preview ... Preseason third-team All-Big Ten by Athlon Sports.
Earned Freshman All-Big Ten honors from The Sporting News ... Played in all 12 games, making five starts ... Had 30 tackles, five PBUs and one interception which was returned for a TD on the season ... Recorded four tackles and a career-best three PBUs against No. 5 Cincinnati ... Recorded first career interception and returned it 44 yards for a touchdown in win over Minnesota ... Also had a career-high five solo tackles and a PBU against Gophers ... Recorded season-best six tackles, including a touchdown saver from behind in win over Michigan ... Returned four kickoffs for 74 yards, including a long of 22 against Penn State.
Parade All-American ... Named nation's top receiver by Parade Magazine ... USA Today All-American ... Listed as the 58th-best player in the country by Rivals.com ... SuperPrep All-American ... SuperPrep Midwest Offensive Player of the Year ... Champaign News-Gazette Player of the Year ... St. Louis Post-Dispatch first-team All-State and All-Metro Defensive Player of the Year ... Champaign News-Gazette All-State ... Ranked No. 54 on PrepStar's Dream Team ... Named the No. 3 player in the Midwest by SuperPrep ... MaxPreps first-team All-American ... Named to the EA Sports All-America team ... A four-star recruit by Rivals.com ... MaxPreps top-100 player ... Ranked the No. 6 wide receiver nationally by Rivals.com ... Three-year starter for East St. Louis ... No. 1 player in the state of Illinois by Rivals.com ... A four-star recruit by Scout.com ... Scored 28 touchdowns and recorded 1,009 receiving yards as a senior ... Also ran back four interceptions for touchdowns ... Averaged 21 yards per catch in 2008 ... Played receiver, defensive back, punter and returned punts as both a junior and senior ... Rated the 11th-best receiver by Scout.com ... Registered 1,100 yards receiving as a junior and scored 15 touchdowns ... Recorded 118 tackles and eight interceptions, three returned for touchdowns ... Also posted a 44.8 punting average, 263 punt return yards and scored 132 points for his Illinois 7A State Championship team ... Ranked the No. 12 receiver nationally by Tom Lemming ... High school coach was Darren Sunkett.
Born on Jan. 1, 1990 ... Son of Diane Hawthorne and Ricky McGary ... Enrolled in the general curriculum ... Nickname is Black Cat ... Chose Illinois over Arizona, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas Tech.
The Steelers added nine draft picks as well as agreeing to terms with 15 rookie free agents following the 2013 NFL Draft, the team announced today. The 24 rookies will participate in the team’s rookie minicamp next weekend, which runs Friday through Sunday, May 3-5.
The Steelers’ 2013 draftees include linebacker Jarvis Jones (1st round, 17th overall), running back Le’Veon Bell (2nd, 48th), wide receiver Markus Wheaton (3rd, 79th), safety Shamarko Thomas (4th a, 111th), quarterback Landry Jones (4th b, 115th), cornerback Terry Hawthorne (5th, 150th), wide receiver Justin Brown (6th a, 186th), linebacker Vince Williams (6th b, 206th) and defensive end Nicholas Williams (7th, 223rd).
The 15 undrafted rookies include defensive end Brian Arnfelt (Northwestern), linebacker Alan Baxter (Northern Illinois), guard Nik Embernate (San Diego State), wide receiver Reggie Dunn (Utah), offensive tackle Mike Farrell (Penn State), offensive tackle Mike Golic, Jr. (Notre Dame), defensive end Cordian Hagans (Louisiana-Lafayette), guard Chris Hubbard (UAB), defensive tackle Omar Hunter (Florida), long snapper Luke Ingram (Hawaii), center Joe Madsen (West Virginia), running back Curtis McNeal (USC), center Ivory Wade (Baylor), defensive tackle Anthony Rashad White (Michigan State) and wide receiver J.D. Woods (West Virginia).
2013 NFL Draft
Thursday, April 25 – Saturday, April 27, 2013
Michigan State University Spartans
6-1 - 244
Groveport Madison High School
2nd Round – 48th Overall
Bell appeared in 40 games for Michigan State, starting his final 19 contests…Carried 671 times for 3,346 yards (4.99 avg.) and 33 touchdowns for the Spartans…Caught 78 passes for 531 yards (6.81 avg.) and one TD…Added 219 yards on 11 kickoff returns (19.91 avg.), 18 yards on three punt returns and completed his only pass attempt for 29 yards…Scored 204 points and 34 touchdowns…Touched the ball 763 times for 4,114 all-purpose yards, the ninth-best total in school history, and averaged 102.85 yards per game…His rushing attempts rank sixth in school history…His 3,346 rushing yards rank seventh in school annals…Bell’s 33 rushing touchdowns stand sixth on the MSU all-time record chart…His 34 total touchdowns are tied for fifth in school annals…In 19 starts, Bell rushed 477 times for 2,309 yards (4.84 avg.) and 19 touchdowns to average 121.53 yards per game…In three bowl games, Bell gained 206 yards on 53 carries (3.89 avg.)…Michigan State went 18-3 (.857) when Bell scored at least one rushing TD (2010: 5-0; 2011: 7-1; and 2012: 6-2).
Bell was named to the All-America Super Sleeper Team by The NFL Draft Report, a squad consisting of the most underrated player in college football at each position…Added All-America honorable mention from Sports Illustrated and received fourth-team accolades from Phil Steele…The consensus All-Big Ten Conference first-team choice and Doak Walker Award semifinalist was the recipient of the College Football Performance Awards Elite Running Back Trophy; winners of the award are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams…Voted Most Valuable Player (Governor's Award) by his teammates…Won the Big Ten rushing title, averaging 137.92 yards per game, the third-best mark in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision…Became the first Spartan to win the Big Ten overall rushing title since Tico Duckett in 1990…Totaled 1,793 rushing yards, the second-most in a season in MSU history and the fifth-most in the nation in 2012…Ranked first in the FBS in carries (382) the third-most in program history and fourth-most in the Big Ten record book…Ran for 12 touchdowns and scored 78 points…Totaled 32 receptions for 167 yards (5.22 avg.) with one TD…Added 46 kickoff-return yards on four attempts, 18 punt-return yards on three attempts and also completed a pass attempt for 29 yards (vs. Texas Christian)…Finished second in the conference and 14th in the nation with 155.69 all-purpose yards per game…His 2,024 all-purpose yards rank fourth on the school season-record chart…Became the 13th player in school history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season…Gained 922 of his 1,793 rushing yards (51.42 percent) after contact, which ranked first among all NCAA FBS running backs…Broke 16 tackles…Recorded eight 100-yard rushing games, the second-most by a Spartan in one season…One of just four players in the FBS in 2012 to record three 200-yard rushing games…Became just the second Spartan to record three 200-yard rushing games in a season…During the 2012 regular season, named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week three times - vs. Boise State; Eastern Michigan; Minnesota…The Columbus, Ohio, native produced the top single-game total in the NCAA FBS this season for carries (44 vs. Boise State) and eighth-most rushing yards (266 vs. Minnesota)…Carried 32 times for 133 yards vs. Northwestern…Gained 188 yards on 36 carries and scored two touchdowns vs. Nebraska…With 77 yards on 21 carries in MSU's 16-13 overtime victory at Wisconsin, eclipsed 1,000 rushing yards for the first time in his career, becoming the 13th running back (21 times overall occurrences) in Spartan history to record a 1,000-yard rushing season. His first career touchdown reception came on a 5-yard shovel pass from Andrew Maxwell with 1:08 left in the fourth quarter and sent the game into overtime…Rushed 29 times for 140 yards and one TD vs. Iowa…Rushed for a game-high 121 yards on 37 attempts in MSU's 31-27 win at Indiana. The 37 rushing attempts were the second-most in his career (44 vs. Boise State)…Set career highs for receptions (eight) and receiving yards (58) in a 17-16 loss to Ohio State…Earned Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors after rushing for 253 yards on 36 attempts with one TD vs. Eastern Michigan. His 253 yards mark the seventh-highest single-game rushing total in school history…Scored on first-half runs of one and seven yards as MSU gained a
24-0 halftime lead en route to a 41-7 win at Central Michigan…Named CBS Sports Heisman Player of the Week and Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week after rushing for 210 yards on a career-best 44 carries vs. Boise State. His 210 rushing yards were the most by a Big Ten running back in a season opener since Purdue's Ralph Bolden in 2009 (234 vs. Toledo) and the most by a Spartan in an opener since T.J. Duckett in 2000 (219 vs. Marshall). He also had six catches for
55 yards vs. the Broncos…Rushed 35 times for a career-high 266 yards - the most by a Big Ten player this season – and a touchdown vs. Minnesota as the Spartans became bowl eligible for a school-record sixth consecutive season. Bell was named CFPA National Running Back of the Week and Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week for his career day vs. the Gophers. His 266 rushing yards are the sixth-highest single-game total in MSU history. He carried the ball eight consecutive plays for 51 yards and capped an 11-play, 57-yard drive with an eight-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter that iced the game for the Spartans. Accounted for a career-best 275 all-purpose yards - the ninth-best single-game total in MSU history – vs. Minnesota…Selected Offensive Player of the Game after accounting for 187 combined yards (rushing, passing and receiving) in the Spartans' 17-16 come-from-behind win over Texas Christian in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl. He carried 32 times for 145 yards vs. the Horned Frogs with 107 of those rushing yards coming in the second half including a four-yard touchdown run that gave MSU its first lead at 14-13 with 7:00 left in the fourth quarter. His 32 rushing attempts and 145 rushing yards mark the fifth-highest single-game bowl totals in Spartan history. He became the first Spartan back to post a 100-yard rushing game in a bowl since Javon Ringer carried 21 times for 101 yards vs. Boston College in the 2007 Champs Sports Bowl. Bell also completed a 29-yard pass to TyQuan Hammock to set up MSU's first touchdown and caught two passes for 13 yards.
Bell was named All-Big Ten Conference honorable mention by the league’s coaches and media…College Football News selected him to their Sophomore All-America team (honorable mention) and he was the recipient of his team's Most Outstanding Underclass Back Award for offense…Led the Spartans and ranked eighth in the Big Ten in rushing with 948 yards on 182 carries (5.21 avg.)…Started the Spartans’ final six games at tailback…Led the team and ranked fifth in the Big Ten in rushing touchdowns with 13, finishing 11th on the school’s season-record chart…Had a team-best 10 20-yard rushing attempts…Ranked second on the squad with 1,246 all-purpose yards (948 rushing, 267 receiving, 31 kickreturn)…Finished third on the team with 35 receptions for 267 yards (7.63 avg.)…After entering the starting lineup, Bell carried 95 times for 516 yards (5.43 avg.) and seven touchdowns and 86.00 yards per game…Rushed for 48 yards on 17 carries, including touchdown runs of eight yards and one yard, in the triple-overtime win over Georgia in the 2012 Outback Bowl and added five receptions for 39 yards. His one-yard touchdown vs. the Bulldogs with 14 seconds left in the fourth quarter sent the game into overtime...Recorded his second 100-yard rushing game of the season in the Big Ten Championship Game vs. Wisconsin, collecting 106 yards on 18 carries, including a six-yard score…Ran for 86 yards, including a seven-yard touchdown, on 16 carries at Northwestern…Named Spartan Offensive Player of the Week after rushing for 112 yards on 20 carries, including a 25-yard score vs. Iowa and posted two catches for 49 yards…Selected Spartan Co-Offensive Player of the Week after accounting for a season-high 165 all-purpose yards vs.Minnesota…Scored on a one-yard and 35-yard run and posted 15 carries for 96 yards and five receptions for 38 yards vs. the Gophers...Posted 114 all-purpose yards vs. Wisconsin, 87 yards on 16 attempts and four catches for 27 yards…Earned Spartan Offensive Player of the Week honors after tying his career high with three rushing touchdowns while leading MSU with 81 yards on eight attempts vs. Central Michigan.
Bell earned Big Ten Conference All-Freshman honors from ESPN.com and Rivals.com and was a midseason addition to the Doak Walker Award Watch List…Appeared in all 13 games as a true freshman…Ranked second on the team in carries (107), rushing yards (605) and rushing touchdowns (eight)…Averaged 5.65 yards per carry…28 of his attempts resulted in either a first down or a score, including three 20-yard attempts…Added 11 receptions for 97 yards (8.82 avg.) and six kickoff returns for 142 yards (23.67 avg.) and compiled 844 all-purpose yards (64.92 yards per game).
Bell attended Madison (Groveport, Ohio) High School, where the lettered three times in football for head coach Tim Brown and also excelled in basketball and track and field…A teammate of former Michigan State and New York Jets safety Eric Smith, Bell first earned postseason honors as a sophomore as the All-Ohio Capital Conference second-team choice scored nine touchdowns with 789 rushing yards…The following season, he amassed 1,100 rushing yards with 13 TDs, to again earn All-OCC recognition…Bell’s senior campaign was his finest as he accounted for 1,750 all-purpose yards and 25 TDs…The Super Prep and Prep Star All-Midwest pick and first-team All-OCC pick carried 200 times for 1,333 yards (6.7 avg.) and 21 touchdowns …Bell rushed 30 times for a career-best 336 yards and four scores vs. Dublin Jerome and gained 228 yards and four TDs on 26 attempts vs. Marysville.
Sociology major…Son of Lisa A. Bell…Born 2/18/92 in Reynoldsburg, Ohio…Resides in Columbus, Ohio.
2013 NFL Draft
Thursday, April 25 – Saturday, April 27, 2013
Oregon State University Beavers
5-11 - 182
Chandler High School
Mountain Pointe High School
3rd Round – 79th Overall
Wheaton appeared in 49 games for Oregon State, starting 30 consecutive contests at split end…Hauled in a school all-time record 227 passes, ranking third on the career chart with 2,994 yards receiving and sixth with 16 touchdown receptions…Added 631 yards with five scores on 83 carries (7.60 ypc), 68 yards on three punt returns (22.67 avg) and 81 yards on four kickoff returns (20.25 avg)…Scored 126 points as he recorded two solo tackles with a fumble recovery, also tallying 3,774 all-purpose yards on 346 touches, an average of 77.02 yards per game and 10.91 yards per play…His 227 grabs rank eighth in Pac-12 Conference history and topped the previous school mark of 222 by James Rodgers (200711), joining Mike Hass (220; 2002-05) and James Newson (213; 2000-03) as the school’s only 200-catch performers…His 2,994 yards receiving is the third-best career total by a Beavers performer, surpassed by Mike Hass (3,924 yards) and James Newson (3,572)…Gained at least 100 yards receiving 11 times, tying Sammie Stroughter (2004-08) for third in OSU history behind Mike Hass (19) and James Newson (16)…His 16 touchdown receptions rank sixth on the school career-record list…His 73 catches as a junior rank tenth on the OSU season-record chart, as his 91 grabs as a senior tied the school mark first set by James Rodgers in 2009…Wheaton’s 986 receiving yards in 2011 placed 11th on the school annual record chart, and his 1,244 yards in 2012 placed sixth on that list…Wheaton is one of only 10 players in school history to record at least 10 receptions in a game more than once, and one of three with at least four contests that reached the century mark (10 vs. Oregon in 2010, 11 vs. Arizona State in 2011, 10 vs. Arizona and 12 vs. Nicholls State in 2012).
Wheaton received All-American second-team accolades from The NFL Draft Report, in addition to being named third-team by CBS Sports and honorable mention by Sports Illustrated…The team captain and Biletnikoff Award candidate added first-team All-Pac 12 Conference recognition, as the split end started all 13 games, extending his starting string to 30 consecutive contests…Along the way, he also extended his streak to 36 consecutive games with at least one catch, the longest by any active player in the Pac-12…The senior went on to set a school season-record with 91 receptions, tying Dwayne Jarrett of Southern California (2005) for ninth on the conference season-record chart and breaking the previous school annual mark of 90 catches by Mike Hass in 2005…His 1,244 receiving yards placed sixth on the OSU season-record list and 27th in league annals…His 11 touchdown catches are one shy of the school season-record of 12, set by James Newsom in 2002…Scored two more times on twenty carries for 142 yards (7.10 ypc), finishing with 78 points…Added two solo tackles while also recovering a fumble…Paced the Beavers with 1,402 all-purpose yards…Ranked second in the conference with 7.00 receptions per game, third with an average of 95.69 yards and 10th with 107.85 all-purpose yards per game…Generated 473 of his 1,222 receiving yards after the catch…Had at least 100 yards receiving in five contests, tying Sammie Stroughter (2006) for fifth on the OSU annual record list…Had at least seven receptions in nine contests, including in each of his first four contests, as he pulled down at least 10 balls twice…Scored at least one touchdown in eight games, producing three multiple-touchdown performances…Wheaton made eight catches for 87 yards and recovered his own fumble, as OSU prevailed in a 10-7 decision over Wisconsin in the season opener…In the UCLA clash, he generated 150 yards on nine receptions that included a touchdown, adding 10 yards on a fly sweep. It marked the 25th consecutive game that Wheaton caught at least one pass and his 150-yard effort marked the seventh time he had gained over 100 yards receiving in a game, matching Robb Thomas (1985-88) and James Rodgers (2007-11) for fifth all-time in Oregon State annals…Wheaton finished the Arizona game with a career-high 166 yards on ten receptions in a 38-35 win. His 166 yards topped his previous career-high of 150 receiving yards that he established the previous week vs. UCLA…The split end scored twice while snatching five balls for 66 yards, adding another touchdown on a reverse to stake the Beavers to a 42-24 triumph…The senior scored twice on four receptions for 108 yards vs. Arizona State, marking the third game that Whaton produced multiple scores as a receiver during 2012. He also added 57 yards on three carries vs. the Sun Devils…Followed with eight grabs for 100 yards and a score vs. Stanford…Scored via a reception and on an end-around carry, posting his fifth 100-yard receiving effort for the year, as he amassed 123 yards behind a career-high 12 receptions vs. Nicholls State. The only Beavers to ever catch more passes in a game were Mike Hass (14 vs. Arizona State in 2004), Shane Morales (13 vs. Stanford in 2008) and Jacquizz Rodgers (13 vs. Arizona in 2009).
A member of the Biletnikoff Award Watch List (given to the nation’s top receiver), Wheaton received All-Pac 12 Conference honorable mention, as his 73 receptions not only led the team and rank ninth on the school season-record list, but his average of 6.08 catches per game ranked fifth in the league…Had 120 passes targeted to him (caught 60.83%), good for 986 yards (13.51 ypc), the 10th-best receiving yardage total in OSU annals…Saw the opposition deflect 19 of the balls targeted to him (15.83%)…He had one touchdown and came up with crucial receptions that led to 14 Oregon State touchdowns and during seven other possessions that produced field goals…Had 58 first-down snatches (79.45%), as he converted 22 third-down throws and another on a fourth-down play…Gained at least 10 yards with 47 of his receptions (64.38%) that included 12 grabs for 20 yards or longer…Was tackled once for a loss and twice for no gain after the catch…Gained at least 100 yards receiving four times – vs. Sacramento State, Arizona State, Brigham Young and Washington, as he grabbed a season-high 11 balls in the Arizona State clash…Finished fourth on the team with 25 carries for 190 yards (7.60 ypc), as 11 of his attempts resulted in first downs, seven of his carries gained at least 10 yards, with two for longer than 20 yards…Had key reverses that led to five Oregon State touchdowns and two more on series that ended with field goals…Wheaton opened the season by recording the first of four 100-yard receiving performances for the 2011 campaign…For the second time during his college career, Wheaton registered at least 10 receptions (11) in a game, snaring 11 balls for 116 yards vs. Arizona State. For the fourth time during his time with OSU, he gained at least 100 yards receiving (116) in a contest…The receiver had his fifth 100-yard receiving performance for his career vs. Brigham Young, as he tallied 104 yards on eight catches. His fifth 100-yard receiving game as a Beaver broke his tie with Imani Percoats (1999) to take over sole possession of ninth place on the school career-record chart…In a 38-21 triumph over Washington on Senior Day, Wheaton sent the upper classmen home with a victory, as he not only led the team with seven receptions for 125 yards, but also paced the Beavers with 66 yards rushing on just three attempts in a 38-21 triumph. His sixth 100-yard receiving performance tied at OSU tied Robert Prescott (1997-2000) for seventh on the school all-time record list. It was also his fourth 100-yard receiving game for 2011, good for sixth on the OSU season-record chart.
Wheaton appeared in all 12 games, starting eight contests at split end (came off the bench vs. Louisville, Boise State, Arizona and Washington)…Led the team and tied for seventh in the Pac-10 Conference with 55 receptions on 90 passes targeted to him (61.11%)…Ranked ninth in the league while leading the Beavers with 675 receiving yards (12.27 ypc), as 35 of his grab s (63.64%) gained at least 10 yards, including eight for 20 yards or longer…Produced 40 first downs (72.73%), as he converted 16 third-down grabs and made five of his catches inside the red zone…Scored four times for the passing game, as he also had key receptions to set up 16 touchdown drives and on six possessions that led to field goals…Wheaton finished second on the team with 220 yards on 27 carries (8.15 ypc), as he scored twice on the ground and had key reverses that led to eight OSU touchdown drives and three field goals…Produced 11 first-down runs, with nine gaining at least 10 yards and four going for at least 20 yards…Set up another touchdown drive with a 52-yard punt return vs. Arizona State and briefly served as a kickoff returner vs. ASU and Arizona, totaling 81 yards on four runbacks (20.25 avg)… The sophomore finished third on the team with 1,028 all-purpose yards, an average of 85.67 yards per game and 11.82 yards per attempt.
As a true freshman, Wheaton appeared in 12 games and started the California clash as a split end…He collected eight receptions for 89 yards (11.13 ypc), tallying four first downs while converting a pair of third-down throws…Four of his grabs gained at least 10 yards, including two for 20 yards or longer…Had timely receptions that led to one OSU touchdown and three field goals… Carried 11 times for 79 yards (7.18 ypc) and one touchdown, as he posted four first-down runs that led to a quartet of Beavers touchdown drives.
As a senior, Wheaton transferred to Chandler (Az.) High School, playing football for Wolves head coach Jim Ewan, helping lead the team to an 8-4 record to finish ranked 13th in the state in 2008…Rated the state of Arizona’s sixth-best athlete by Super Prep, he was listed as the nation’s 41st-best player by Rivals.com, as that recruiting service joined Scout.com in awarding the youngster three-star prospect status…The All-Fiesta League and All-Division V choice recorded 15 tackles with three pass deflections as a senior, as he also averaged 10.22 yards on nine punt returns and 27.0 yards on 10 kickoff returns…Toted the ball 29 times for 304 yards (10.48 ypc) with two touchdowns on the ground, adding four more scores behind 37 grabs for 736 yards (19.89 ypc) in 2008…Some of his senior season highlights featured three receptions for 61 yards and a 38-yard score, two carries for 16 yards and a 16-yard punt return vs. Ironwood; a 10-yard touchdown catch with 33 yards on four runs and a 23-yard punt return vs. Dobson; 173 yards behind seven receptions and three carries for 25 yards, including a 17-yard score vs. Desert Vista and 115 yards with a 40-yard touchdown on four rushes, in addition to a 20-yard catch, two tackles and a pass break-up in a 56-0 rout of Yuma…Delivered seven tackles (5 solos) vs. Corona del Sol; two catches for 120 yards and a 68-yard touchdown while setting up another score with a 62-yard kickoff return vs. Mesquite, followed by two tackles, a pass deflection, three kickoffs for 63 yards and five grabs for 106 yards, including a 39-yard score…His senior season ended with seven receptions for 129 yards and 17 yards on three end-around carries vs. Hamilton…Before he enrolled at Chandler High School, Wheaton and his brother, Marquese, attended Mountain Pointe (Phoenix, AZ) High School, playing football as a sophomore and junior for Pride head coach Phil Abbadessa…As a 144-pound wide receiver and defensive back, he made twelve catches for 286 yards (23.83 ypc) and three scores in 2006. He also blocked a field goal and recorded 18 tackles to earn All-Region honors…That year, some of his better performances came vs. Maryvale, where he caught a 41-yard pass for a touchdown. He had four receptions for 138 yards and a pair of touchdown in a 38-27 victory over Marcos de Niza…In 2007, Wheaton arrived back at Mountain Pointe checking in at 155 pounds. The team struggled to a 4-6 record, but the two-way player paced the Pride with 315 yards with four touchdowns on 43 carries (7.33 ypc), as he also caught 23 passes for 476 yards (20.70 ypc) with six scores and averaged 23.69 yards on 13 kickoff returns. The All-Region and All-Class 5A Central League selection also posted 49 tackles (21 solos) with an interception, returning a blocked punt 10 yards and a fumble recovery 24 yards…Some of his junior highlights featured 95 yards and a score on eight carries, adding four tackles vs. Chavez; three grabs for 30 yards to go with seven tackles and an interception vs. Sunnyside; three runs for 38 yards and a 28-yard score vs. St. Mary’s; four catches for 80 yards, including a 28-yard touchdown as he also returned four kicks for 101 yards and posted four tackles vs. Horizon before he had six tackles, a fumble recovery he returned 24 yards, two kickoffs for 32 yards and three catches for 38 yards with a 26-yard score vs. Hamilton…Also carried 10 times for 70 yards and two touchdowns with a long of 29 yards while chipping in with five tackles vs. Cibola; adding three receptions for 100 yards and a 72-yard score, a 10-yard punt return, 13 yards on three carries and a trio of tackles vs. Mountain Ridge, followed by seven runs for 78 yards, seven tackles, three kickoff returns for 94 yards and two grabs for 23 yards vs. Corona del Sol…Closed out his 2007 season with four receptions for 126 yards and two touchdowns, including an 85-yarder vs. Basha before he produced nine tackles (6 solos) with a 51-yard score behind two catches for 58 yards vs. Desert Vista and then blocked a field goal try vs. Alhambra.
Public Health major…Participated in the initial "Beavers Without Borders" trip during spring break of 2011, as he traveled to Guatemala to build a house for a needy family…Son of Katrina and Odis Wheaton…Father played basketball for NAIA Division II Howard Payne University…Brother, Marquese, was a teammate of Markus at Mountaine Pointe High School. He went to Phoenix Community College, earning All-Arizona Community College Athletic Conference honors after recording 39 tackles with three interceptions in 2009. He transferred to Southern Mississippi for the 2010-11 seasons, earning All-Conference USA honors as a senior, when he produced a 41-yard interception return for a touchdown vs. Navy, recovered a fumble vs. Rice that he advanced 75 yards for a score and blocked a field goal that he returned 79 yards for a touchdown vs. Navy in 2011. That year, the field cornerback also sealed a win over Southern Methodist with a pair of fourth quarter interceptions. In 25 games spanning two seasons at USM, he recorded 73 tackles (47 solos) with 2.5 stops for loss, 14 pass deflections and five interceptions…Their cousin is former University of Oregon standout defensive back, Kenny Wheaton (1994-96). Kenny was selected in the third round of the 1997 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys, playing for the pokes from 1997-99. In 2002, he played for the Detroit Fury in the Arena Football League before heading north to Canada, where he played for the Toronto Argonauts from 2003-08. Along with his brother Derrek, they attended McClintock High School, where they played varsity football, basketball, and baseball. At Oregon, Kenny was named the team’s outstanding player in 1996, adding All-Pac 10 Conference honors. In 1994, as a freshman, he led the Ducks with 73 tackles (96 solos) and four interceptions for 157 yards that included a 97-yard touchdown, the second-longest runback in school history. He is tied for the Oregon all-time record with three interception returns for touchdowns, adding five thefts for 128 yards and a 71-yard score in 1995 and two for 95 yards that included a 70-yard touchdown in 1996. His 350 yards via interception returns set the school career-record…Wheaton's cousin, Andre Bailey, also played football at McClintock High School and went on to play college football at Mesa Community College before attending the University of Texas-El Paso…Wheaton has also been a long-time member of the university’s “Beavers Without Bordors” group, which consists of current and former Oregon State student-athletes who have taken trips to Guatemala (Spring Break 2011), Macedonia (Summer 2011) and Ethiopia (summer 2012). On those trips the group assisted a building of a house for needy families. There were matching funds, but many of these student-athletes did their own fundraising for the trips…Born 2/07/91 in Phoenix, Arizona.
|Round 3 Draft Picks|
|1||Kansas City||Travis Kelce (TE) Cincy|
|2||Jacksonville||Dwayne Gratz (CB) UConn|
|3||Detroit||Larry Warford (OG) Kentucky|
|4||Oakland||Sio Moore (OLB) UConn|
|5||Philadelphia||Bennie Logan (DT) LSU|
|6||Cleveland||Leon McFadden (CB) SDSU|
|7||Arizona||Tyrann Mathieu (CB) LSU|
|8||Tennessee||Blidi Wreh-Wilson (CB) UConn|
|9||St. Louis||T.J. McDonald (S) USC|
|10||NY Jets||Brian Winters (OG) Kent St|
|11||Tampa Bay||Mike Glennon (QB) NC State|
|12||Dallas||Terrance Williams (WR) Baylor|
|13||New Orleans||Terron Armstead (OT) Ark-PB|
|14||San Diego||Keenan Allen (WR) California|
|15||Miami||Dallas Thomas (OG) Tennessee|
|16||Buffalo||Marquise Goodwin (WR) Texas|
|17||Pittsburgh||Markus Wheaton (WR) Oregon St|
|18||Dallas||J. J. Wilcox (S) G Southern|
|19||NY Giants||Damontre Moore (DE) Texas A&M|
|20||New Orleans||John Jenkins (DT) Georgia|
|21||New England||Logan Ryan (CB) Rutgers|
|22||Cincinnati||Shawn Williams (S) Georgia|
|23||Washington||Jordan Reed (TE) Florida|
|24||Indianapolis||Hugh Thornton (OG) Illinois|
|25||Seattle||Jordan Hill (DT) Penn State|
|26||San Francisco||Corey Lemonier (DE) Auburn|
|27||Houston||Brennan Williams (OT) UNC|
|28||Denver||Kayvon Webster (CB) S Florida|
|29||New England||Duron Harmon (S) Rutgers|
|30||St. Louis||Stedman Bailey (WR) W Virginia|
|31||Miami||Will Davis (CB) Utah St|
|32||Baltimore||Brandon Williams (DT) Missouri So|
|33||Houston||Sam Montgomery (DE) LSU|
|34||Kansas City||Knile Davis (RB) Arkansas|
|35||Tennessee||Zaviar Gooden (OLB) Missouri|
|Round 2 Draft Picks|
|1||Jacksonville||Johnathan Cyprien (S) Fla Int'l|
|2||Tennessee||Justin Hunter (WR) Tennessee|
|3||Philadelphia||Zach Ertz (TE) Stanford|
|4||Detroit||Darius Slay (CB) Miss St|
|5||Cincinnati||Giovani Bernard (RB) UNC|
|6||San Diego||Manti Te'o (ILB) Notre Dame|
|7||NY Jets||Geno Smith (QB) W Virginia|
|8||San Francisco||Cornellius (Tank) Carradine (DE) Florida St|
|9||Buffalo||Robert Woods (WR) USC|
|10||Oakland||Menelik Watson (OT) Florida St|
|11||Tampa Bay||Johnthan Banks (CB) Miss St|
|12||Carolina||Kawann Short (DT) Purdue|
|13||Arizona||Kevin Minter (ILB) LSU|
|14||Buffalo||Kiko Alonso (ILB) Oregon|
|15||Dallas||Gavin Escobar (TE) SDSU|
|16||Pittsburgh||Le'veon Bell (RB) Mich St|
|17||NY Giants||Johnathan Hankins (DT) Ohio St|
|18||Chicago||Jonathan Bostic (ILB) Florida|
|19||Washington||David Amerson (CB) NC State|
|20||New England||Jamie Collins (OLB) So Miss|
|21||Cincinnati||Margus Hunt (DE) SMU|
|22||Miami||Jamar Taylor (CB) Boise St|
|23||San Francisco||Vance McDonald (TE) Rice|
|24||Baltimore||Arthur Brown (OLB) Kansas St|
|25||Houston||D.J. Swearinger (S) S Carolina|
|26||Denver||Montee Ball (RB) Wisconsin|
|27||New England||Aaron Dobson (WR) Marshall|
|28||Atlanta||Robert Alford (CB) SE Louisiana|
|29||Green Bay||Eddie Lacy (RB) Alabama|
|30||Seattle||Christine Michael (RB) Texas A&M|