August 2, 2012
Fall Preview: Wide Receivers
Receiver | Markus Wheaton
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Tuberville expects improvement
For the first fall in five years, the Beavers will line up at Prothro Field without James Rodgers. It is an end to an era, but the current wide receivers feel more than ready to take over and improve upon last season's numbers.
Led by senior Markus Wheaton, Oregon State returns two key starters from last year's team with playmakers ready to back them up. Perhap the biggest news of the offseason however was the retirement of Jordan Bishop and the departure of Geno Munoz and Tyler Trosin.
|POSITION VITALS |
|Senior Markus Wheaton returns for his senior season and is currently on the Biletnikoff Award watch list. |
|THE BASICS |
|Returning Starters: Markus Wheaton (20), Brandin Cooks (3) |
Others Returning: Obum Gwacham, Micah Hatfield, Kevin Cummings, Richard Mullaney, Mitch Singler
Newcomers: Malik Gilmore
Departures: Jordan Bishop, Geno Munoz, Tyler Trosin
|2011 NUMBERS TO KNOW |
• Markus Wheaton led the 2011 Beavers in receptions and yards. He had 73 catches for 986 yards and one TD.
• Brandin Cooks was the third leading receiver (behind James Rodgers). He hauled in 31 catches for 391 yards and three TD's.
• Wheaton enters the season ninth in OSU
history with 136 receptions and just outside of the top 10 in receiving yards with 1,750
|BATTLE TO WATCH |
|Watch the competition amon Gwacham, Mullaney and Cummings. Obum made big strides during the spring, while Cummings has the most experience and Mullaney arguably the best set of hands of the group. |
Redshirt freshman Richard Mullaney will be one to watch throughout Fall Camp. Although he redshirted last season, coaches strongly considered playing the youngster because of his great hands and solid route running ability. Expect him to make a big push and see significant playing time during the season.
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Obum Gwacham also made big strides during Spring Camp, where he looked to settle into his role and became comfortable with Sean Mannion. The 6-foot-5, 225 pound receiver gives the Beavers some muscle and height. Look for "Boomer" to excel in passes over the middle and end zone jump balls.
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