Markus Wheaton

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Markus Wheaton
Markus Wheaton.jpg
Wheaton during the 2013 season.
No. 11 Pittsburgh Steelers
Position: Wide Receiver / Return specialist
Personal information
Date of birth: (1991-02-07) February 7, 1991 (age 24)
Place of birth: Chandler, Arizona
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight: 189 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school: Chandler (AZ)
College: Oregon State
NFL draft: 2013 / Round: 3 / Pick: 79
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • First-team All-Pac-12 (2012)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2014
Receptions: 59
Receiving yards: 708
Touchdowns: 2
Stats at NFL.com

Markus Levonte Wheaton (born February 7, 1991) is an American football wide receiver and return specialist for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). Wheaton played college football for Oregon State University. The Pittsburgh Steelers selected him in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

Early years[edit]

Wheaton was born in Phoenix, Arizona. He attended Mountain Pointe High School, and played for the Mountain Pointe Pride high school football team from 2005-2007. He had 23 receptions for 476 yards and six touchdowns as a junior, and added 49 tackles on defense. Chandler High School, and played for the Chandler Wolves high school football team. He recorded 736 yards receiving on 37 receptions with four touchdowns as a senior. He was a three-time first-team all-region and honorable mention all-state selection. Considered a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, he was rated the No. 41 athlete in the nation. He committed to Oregon State.[1]

Track and field[edit]

Wheaton was also a standout sprinter for the Chandler High School track team. He won both the 200-meter dash (21.42s) and 400-meter dash (47.38s) at the 2009 Chandler Invitationals. He also ran a season-best time of 10.81 seconds in the 100 meters at the 2009 5AI State Championships.[2]

He was also on the Oregon State University track team. He ran a career-best time of 46.80 seconds in the 400 meters at the prelims of the 5A Fiesta Regional Championships. He finished 2nd in the 100 meters at the 2012 Oregon Twilight Meet, with a time of 10.58 seconds. He was also timed at 10.35 seconds in the 100 meters.

College career[edit]

While attending Oregon State University, Wheaton played for the Oregon State Beavers football team from 2009 to 2012. As a senior in 2012, he was a first-team All-Pacific-12 Conference selection.[3] During his college career, he recorded 227 receptions for 2,994 yards and 16 touchdowns.

Professional career[edit]

2013 NFL Combine[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
5 ft 11 in 189 lb 32 3/4 in 9 1/8 in 4.45 s 1.59 s 2.50 s 4.02 s 6.80 s 37 in 10 ft 0 in 20 reps
All values from the NFL Combine and Central Florida Pro Day.[4][5]

2013 NFL Draft[edit]

The Pittsburgh Steelers picked Wheaton in the 3rd round, with the 79th overall pick, of the 2013 NFL Draft. He signed a 4 year contract for $2.81 million dollars with $591k guaranteed.

2013 Rookie Season[edit]

Wheaton played in 12 games his rookie season. His totals included: 6 receptions, 64 yards, and no touchdowns.

2014 Season[edit]

During the 2014 off season Pittsburgh Steelers lost veteran wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders to the Denver Broncos via free agency. With the loss of Sanders, Wheaton played a larger role, playing all 16 games with 11 starts. Throughout the season he amassed 53 receptions, 644 yards, and 2 touchdowns. During the 2014 wild card loss against the Baltimore Ravens Wheaton had 5 receptions for 64 yards and zero touchdowns.

Personal life[edit]

Wheaton's cousin Kenny Wheaton played for the Dallas Cowboys.

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