Marcus Wheaton profile, WR Oregon St I'm too tired to do a full write up on Wheaton, so I figured I could start with a few things to get the ball rolling and take it from there. The first thing that jumps out is how he plays at a different speed than everyone else, and he's not the long strider that Ted Ginn is. He gets up to full speed quickly and still somehow manages to have an extra gear he taps into that reminds me of Jacoby Ford's. Even in the NFL he should make a lot of defenders take some bad angles. uses his speed well understands how to vary speed to set up defenders and maintains good forward momentum while setting up a defender. good recognition of the moment his defender is set up and promptly exploits it. + balance + body control above average agility & elusiveness + coordination + vision + natural instincts great decisiveness outstanding hand eye coordination great with his hands (including beating jams and winning the hand jockeying battle downfield) can catch with his hands and make the tough catch + vertical and can highpoint can track the deep ball gets a good release leaves enough room on the fade for QB & himself offers some redzone potential (fade ability, run after catch on screens etc, ability for sudden separation, speed for shallow & deep drags) great awareness & cognizant of his surroundings has a sense of naturalness to his play quick thinking/quick reacting quick twitch & explosive good hips seems like a tremendous & selfless teammate who does a + job fighting for his guys. willing blocker; always looking to block someone has the tools to be dangerous at all 3 levels of the field and create instant separation possesses the natural ability to be a sharp route runner & explosive out of his breaks great awareness when to stick his foot in the ground and get north for plus yardage rather than pussy-footing around. Some obviously impressive stuff in this clip vs BYU, but also some impressive subtle things I'd like to note. [video=youtube;IEfNoK4BsVs]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEfNoK4BsVs[/video] 1. first play: body control, flexibility, and awareness to get the inside foot down before the outside. 2. <1:14> simply setting up and presenting himself to the QB. 3. <1:22> Great route. Stops on a dime to create significant separation for an easy TD. 4. <1:37> Willing blocking effort 5. <2:12> Subtly sets up DB for a pretty fade. Well run. Plenty of room for QB to work with. Looks to me like he instinctively throttles down a hair at the end to maintain separation between the ball and defender. DB gets his hand in but Wheaton maintains possession. 6. <4:59> Sells the fade route well to clear out the corner and aid the TD run. 7. <5:17 & replay at 5:27> Example of his awareness, reaction ability, & instincts as he subtly ducks his helmet into the defender's half-assed, one-handed jam attempt. Allows him to keep his pads over his feet and maintain forward momentum. Comes out break quickly & sharply. 8. <5:39> keeps his feet churning and maintains his block downfield for about 10 yards. 9. <5:52> Adjusts to short fade thrown over wrong shoulder. Outstanding body control, coordination, and vision to whip his head around w/o losing balance then successfully locate the ball and be in proper position to make a play. wow. 10. <6:17> Nice inside release on the go route. Great separation. Gives QB plenty of sideline to work with. 11. <6:31> Again looking for someone downfield to block 12. <6:43> Gets smacked around by the bigger guys while trying to block. I'm guessing that's NOT the first time this has happened to Wheaton at his 180'ish size.... but he still sacrifices himself as a blocker anyways. 13. <6:52> Couple things on this play. A) He absolutely destroys his corner with a subtle hesitation and go. At the tail end of the play <7:09 mark on replay> he has the awareness to reach his left hand around the safety's back and pat his shoulder to draw the PI call, all while tracking the ball. 14. <7:19> Good recognition on the reverse on where to turn it upfield for the TD. Few things not seen in the first video: [video=youtube;CjtiPitIsgE]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjtiPitIsgE[/video] 1. <0:11> End around. Speed & more speed. Even better is knowing to plant his foot and take it upfield rather than stretch it outside where his speed and momentum were taking him. 2. <0:45> the burst to split the defenders for a TD. stuff Bess & Hartline couldn't dream of doing. (nice catch too) 3. <1:26> Here's the extra gear I'm drooling over.... and it's to block for his fellow receiver no less. 4. <1:50> Comes back on an underthrow; becomes the defender to break up and INT. 5. <2:35> Easily beats isolated coverage for the back shoulder TD (or poorly thrown fade?). Watch his hand-usage on the replay at the 2:43 mark. Quick, accurate, hand swipe. 6. <3:35> Destroys the safety on a fade. Gives enough sideline to work with. Tracks nicely over the shoulder. 7. <4:00> End around. Bottled up. Decisively plants, lowers shoulders, and quickly gets upfield for positive yardage before defenders can set themselves. 8. <4:20> Showcases that awe-inspiring burst..... again on a downfield blocking attempt. 9. <4:33> The reason some corners won't be inclined to press him. Too quick off the line. Great arm-over to gain a nice inside release for what would've been an easy TD. [video=youtube;bIs0pFOkR74]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIs0pFOkR74[/video] 1. <1:17> Again leaves his QB room to throw the fade and himself enough room to make the great catch. 2. Destroys his man on the subsequent post TD. Great job holding onto the ball. There's an impressive play highlighting his hand-jockeying ability downfield that I cant find... but I'll post it once I do. So much for keeping it short. Chris shares my pain. lol.