-0): Markus Wheaton was drafted by the Steelers in the third round (79th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft.
PRO (28-12/1-0): Markus Wheaton was drafted by the Steelers in the third round (79th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft.
2014 (16-11/1-0): Markus Wheaton saw action in all 16 games with 11 starts during the regular season…made his postseason debut in the AFC Wild Card Game vs. Baltimore.
2013 (12-1): Saw action at WR and on special teams in 12 games, making one start…inactive from 10/13 at N.Y. Jets – 11/3 at New England due to a finger injury…totaled six receptions for 64 yards with a long of 21 yards…added six special teams tackles (two, 12/15 vs. Cincinnati, and one, 9/29 vs. Minnesota [London], 11/24 at Cleveland, 11/28 at Baltimore and 12/8 vs. Miami).
COLLEGE: Markus Wheaton appeared in 49 games, 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, 68 yards on three punt returns and 81 yards on four kickoff returns…scored 126 total points…recorded two solo tackles with a fumble recovery on special teams…also tallied 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…one of only three players in team history to record 200+ receptions…his 2,994 yards receiving is the third-best career total in team history…gained at least 100 yards receiving 11 times, which tied him for third in team history…his 16 touchdown receptions rank sixth on the school career-record list…his 73 receptions as a junior rank tenth on the team’s season-record chart…his 91 grabs as a senior tied the school mark for most receptions in a single season…his 986 receiving yards in 2011 placed 11th on the school’s annual record chart, and his 1,244 yards in 2012 placed sixth on that list…is one of only 10 players in school history to record at least 10 receptions in a game more than once, and is only one of three players with at least four 100-yard receiving games…also was a standout track athlete, excelling in the 60, 100 and 200-meter runs…majored in public health. 2012: 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…named a team captain and was a Biletnikoff Award candidate…added first-team All-Pac 12 Conference recognition, as the split end started all 13 games, extending his starting streak to 30 consecutive contests…also extended his streak to 36 consecutive games with at least one catch…tied a school season-record with 91 receptions, and tied Dwayne Jarrett of Southern California (2005) for ninth on the conference season-record chart…his 1,244 receiving yards ranked sixth on the team’s season-record list…his 11 touchdown catches were one shy of the school season-record…scored two rushing touchdowns on twenty carries for 142 yards…added two solo tackles while also recovering a fumble on special teams…led the team with 1,402 all-purpose yards…ranked second in the conference with 7.0 receptions per game, third with an average of 95.69 receiving yards per game 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, which tied him for fifth on the team’s annual record list…had at least seven receptions in nine contests, including in each of his first four contests…recorded 10+ receptions in a single game twice…scored at least one touchdown in eight games, and produced three multiple-touchdown performances. 2011: A member of the Biletnikoff Award Watch List…received All-Pac 12 Conference honorable mention…his 73 receptions led the team and ranked ninth on the school season-record list…totaled 986 receiving yards, the 10th-best receiving yardage total in school history for a single season…had 58 first-down receptions, and converted 22 third-downs…gained at least 10 yards on 47 receptions and had 12 grabs for 20 yards or longer…gained at least 100 yards receiving four times…finished with 25 carries for 190 yards, including 11 attempts for first downs…seven of his carries gained at least 10 yards and two went for longer than 20 yards. 2010: Appeared in all 12 games, starting eight contests at split end…led the team and tied for seventh in the Pac-10 Conference with 55 receptions…ranked ninth in the league while leading the team with 675 receiving yards…35 of his receptions gained at least 10 yards and eight receptions went for 20 yards or longer…produced 40 first downs on his receptions, and converted 16 third-downs…had four receiving touchdowns…finished second on the team with 220 yards on 27 carries, and scored twice on the ground…produced 11 first-down runs, with nine gaining at least 10 yards and four going for at least 20 yards…finished third on the team with 1,028 all-purpose yards. 2009: As a true freshman, appeared in 12 games, starting one of them…collected eight receptions for 89 yards, tallying four first downs while converting a pair of third-downs…four of his receptions gained at least 10 yards and two went for 20 yards or longer…carried 11 times for 79 yards with one touchdown.
PERSONAL: Markus Wheaton is 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)…the group assisted in building homes for needy families…as a senior, transferred to Chandler High School (Chandler, Ariz.)…helped lead the team to an 8-4 record…rated the state of Arizona’s sixth-best athlete by Super Prep, and was listed as the nation’s 41st-best player by Rivals.com…the All-Fiesta League and All-Division V choice recorded 15 tackles with three pass deflections as a senior…carried the ball 29 times for 304 yards with two touchdowns, and added four receiving touchdowns on 37 receptions for 736 yards…before Chandler High School, he and his brother, Marquese, attended Mountain Pointe High School (Phoenix, Ariz.), playing wide receiver and defensive back…earned All-Region and All-Class 5A Central League selection honors as a junior…led his team with 315 rushing yards with four touchdowns on 43 carries, and had 23 receptions for 476 yards with six receiving touchdowns…also posted 49 tackles and one interception…earned All-Region honors as a sophomore…son of Katrina and Odis Wheaton…father played basketball for NAIA Division II Howard Payne University…brother, Marquese, 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…their cousin is former University of Oregon standout defensive back, Kenny Wheaton (1994-96)…he was selected in the third round of the 1997 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys, and played for them from 1997-99…Full name: Markus Levont`e Wheaton.
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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger finds a wide open wide receiver Markus Wheaton for a 5-yard touchdown pass.
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger evades the defender and makes a nice pass to Markus Wheaton.
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