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#22 Terrence Wheatley

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  1. Sexton Hardcastle

    Sexton Hardcastle Club Member Club Member

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    Man we are going to miss this kid.

    http://www.patriots.com/team/index.cfm?ac=playerbio&bio=33124

    2007 SEASON

    He started the first 10 games of the regular season at left cornerback until being sidelined for the last two with a hairline fracture in his foot, but came back to start in the Independence Bowl. He earned third-team All-America honors from Rivals.com, and was tabbed as a first-team All-Big 12 performer by the Associated Press and the league coaches; the coaches selected him as an honorable mention pick at kick returner. He was on the official watchlist for both the Bronko Nagurski Award (one of 54 candidates) and the Jim Thorpe Award (one of 35). He had 42 tackles on the season (32 solo), with four third down stops, and five interceptions; he ranked second in the conference and 10th in the NCAA in interceptions per game. He tied a school record when he became the first Buffalo in 25 years to intercept three passes in a game when he stole three at Texas Tech off Graham Harrell; the last to do it was Victor Scott at Oklahoma State in 1982. For his effort, Wheatley was named the Walter Camp Football Foundation and the Football Writer's National Player of the Week; he also earned Big 12 and NFF/Colorado Chapter AOW honors and earned an ESPN "Helmet Sticker." In addition to the three picks in that game, he also had seven tackles (all solo) and a PBU. He had seven tackles (five solo) and a PBU against Kansas State, and had six tackles against Colorado State and Kansas. In the CSU game, his interception in the endzone ended Colorado State's overtime possession, with the Buffs then winning when they had their first shot. At Arizona State, he returned an interception 35 yards for a touchdown in the first minute of the game to give CU a 7-0 lead. He was exciting with the ball, and though never breaking one all the way, he did average 24.8 yards on kickoff returns, which was good for eighth in the conference and 42nd in the NCAA. Against Alabama in the bowl game, he was in on five tackles (three solo), with a pass deflection. All-American second-team preseason selection by The NFL Draft Report and Scout.com... Listed as the best coverage cornerback in the Big Twelve Conference by The NFL Draft Report...Also garnered consensus All-Big Twelve preseason honors...Member of the Jim Thorpe Award Watch List (nation's top defensive back).


    2007 GAME ANALYSIS

    Colorado State...Wheatley's interception in overtime set up the team's game-winning field goal in a 31-28 decision, as the left cornerback posted six tackles (5 solos) with a stop for a loss and made two third-down hits. He also returned three kick-offs for 135 yards, including a career-long 68-yarder midway through the third quarter...The cornerback clocked Kyle Bell for a 2-yard loss on a rushing attempt at the CSU 21 in the third quarter and picked off a Caleb Hanie pass in the end zone that was intended for Kory Sperry, setting up Kevin Eberhart's 35-yard field goal in overtime...Record Watch-Wheatley's 68-yard kickoff return in the third quarter was the longest by a Buff since Oct. 18, 2003, when Jeremy Bloom returned one 88 yards for a touchdown at Kansas State...His interception in overtime gave him ten for his career, tying him for eighth on CU's all-time pick list...Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#82-Luke Roberts-Three catches for 22 yards, no catches vs. Wheatley (6:02, 206).

    Arizona State...The left cornerback started the game off in explosive fashion, returning an interception on the opening drive 35 yards for a touchdown, as he totaled a pair of tackles with two pass deflections and returned five kickoffs for 102 yards. He stopped his main pass coverage assignment from getting to three throws, had one touchdown-saving tackle and another on third down...Colorado jumped ahead 7-0 on Wheatley's pass theft in the opening minute...Record Watch-Wheatley had the second interception return for a touchdown in his career. His first came his sophomore year on Oct. 30, 2004 in Boulder, when he returned one 37 yards for CU's only touchdown in a 31-7 loss to Texas...It was also CU's first interception since the Kansas game last year (Oct. 28, game 9), and was Wheatley's eleventh for his career, tying him for sixth on the school's career-record list with Steve Rosga (1992-96) and Ben Kelly (1997-99)...Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#81-Tyrice Thompson-Two catches for 26 yards, no catches vs. Wheatley, who also stopped Thompson from catching three other throws (6:05, 221).

    Florida State...Wheatley posted two solo tackles with a pass deflection and returned three kickoffs for 74 yards...Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#81-D'Cody Fagg-Two catches for 31 yards, stopped Fagg from catching two other throws (6:03, 215).

    Miami(Oh.)...Wheatley made one assisted tackle and prevented his pass coverage assignment from catching any of the four passes thrown in the left cornerback's territory, as the Buffalo defender also batted away three passes, including one on third down and returned a kickoff 27 yards...Three minutes into the game, Wheatley batted away Daniel Raudabaugh passes on back-to-back plays...He rerouted Dustin Woods, preventing the receiver from getting to a third-&-8 toss at the CU 38 later in the opening frame, forcing Miami to punt...Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#1-Dustin Woods-No catches (Woods caught one pass for 5 yards when Wheatley was not on the field), as Wheatley prevented receptions on four other throws (5:11, 187).

    Oklahoma...Colorado pulled off an upset 27-24 victory over the Sooners, as Wheatley made two solo tackles with a pass break-up and simply jammed stand-out receiver Malcolm Kelly at the line of scrimmage, as the split end could not get to any passes, eliminating Oklahoma's primary receiving weapon from the game. The cornerback also had four kickoff returns for 114 yards...Early in the second quarter, Wheatley chased down tailback Allen Patrick on an 8-yard run, knocking the Sooner out of the game with his jarring hit...He returned a mid second quarter kickoff 30 yards and then sniffed out a draw play, stopping Patrick's replacement, DeMarco Murray on a 1-yard run...Wheatley added a 33-yard kickoff return to close out the first half...On Oklahoma's last ditch scoring drive, he batted a Sam Bradford third-&-7 pass out of the hands of 6:06 tight end Joe Jon Finley, elevating over the opponent to deflect the ball, forcing the Sooners to punt. Colorado returned that kick 31 yards to midfield, setting up Kevin Eberhart's game-winning 45-yard field goal as time expired...Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#4-Malcolm Kelly-No catches (6:04, 219).

    Baylor...Wheatley caused a fumble that Colorado recovered to set up a touchdown drive and was in on four solo tackles with a pass deflection, as he prevented his coverage assignments from getting to four passes. He also returned three kickoffs for 54 yards...Late in the second quarter, Baylor was penalized for an illegal block on Wheatley after the cornerback stopped Jay Finley on a 4-yard catch. On the next play, he stripped the ball from Finley at the BU 26 and Colorado recovered it, setting up a 3-yard touchdown run by Demitrius Sumler...Wheatley forced Baylor to punt at the start of the third quarter, when he batted down a third-&-9 Blake Szymanski pass that was intended for Krys Buerck... Main Pass Coverage Assignment-WR#83-Krys Buerck-Three catches for 15 yards, but caught just one pass for 4 yards vs. Wheatley, who prevented Baylor receivers from getting to four other throws (6:01, 179).
     
  2. Sexton Hardcastle

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    There's a vid on the Pats site. A little long but there are a couple of scenes with T-Wheat.

    http://www.patriots.com/
     
  3. Daaah

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    Most notable: The Toyota commercials are ridiculous and the woman that is the host is pretty hot. T-Wheat represented well. Oh, and no Devree.
     
  4. Sexton Hardcastle

    Sexton Hardcastle Club Member Club Member

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    And no dreads. I guess Wheatley wanted to start fresh eh?:thumbsup:
     
  5. Daaah

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    Do we know the details of the buffs' contracts? I wonder what it took to get him to cut that hair.
     
  6. 87toInfinity

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    Hopefully he got rid of his tattoos also! Don't want any thugs out there!
     
  7. Sexton Hardcastle

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    Wheatley to greener pastures
    BY Kevin Hageland Staff Writer

    For the second straight year the second round of the NFL Draft included a Plano East alumnus.

    Last season it was Texas offensive lineman Justin Blalock, who was taken with the 39th overall pick by the Atlanta Falcons, and Saturday it was Colorado defensive back Terrence Wheatley, who was taken by the New England Patriots with the 62nd pick.

    “When I got called, I was actually just walking out of my bedroom,” Wheatley said during his conference call with the Patriots. “My parents had the air conditioning on and it was a little bit cold, so I went to go grab a coat and that’s when the phone rang. I put the phone down and it showed up as an unknown call, so I thought, ‘Yeah that probably could be important,’ so I picked it up and low and behold it was the Patriots.

    “I ran downstairs to tell everyone to keep quiet so I could hear. Then I had to run outside to talk on the phone because they were all yelling and screaming at that point. It was just very exciting.”

    The format change of the 2008 NFL Draft meant only the first two rounds would take place Saturday, with Rounds 3-7 set for Sunday, and most projections (including Scouts Inc.) had Wheatley tabbed as a third or fourth round pick.

    “I really didn’t think about it too much because I wanted to go into it and enjoy the moment with my family and my friends,” Wheatley said. “Everybody has their pre-draft board and mock drafts and all that, but at the end of the day when it comes time for the draft everything kind of changes and today was no different. I just wanted someone to give me a chance, and the Patriots gave me that and that to me is awesome.” Although Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is not oft to use the word awesome, he did have plenty of praise for the team’s second round pick in his post-draft press conference.

    “Terrence has been a very productive player for Colorado,” he said. “He’s played inside and outside on the corner positions, he played the slot, he’s a good kick returner, a good special team player, has good hands and is another smart kid and a very experienced player in a good passing conference.

    “Hopefully he’ll give us some good depth in the secondary and a little bit of position flexibility.”

    Even though getting drafted made Wheatley’s ensuing scheduling quite hectic, he still had a chance to stop at East just two days later to talk with the Panthers as they are in the midst of spring practices.

    “Terrence came by Monday and was pretty fired up,” said Johnny Ringo, East head football coach and cluster athletic coordinator. “He did a great job talking to the team.”

    Though making it to the NFL may have seemed a distant dream when Wheatley was playing for the Panthers, long-time East football and track coach Jim Dailey knew it was possible.

    “I saw a lot of comparisons between Terrance and Charlie Peprah (now playing for the Green Bay Packers) because they both had a lot of football smarts,” he said. “Terrence always had a nose for the football, and you can’t really teach that.”

    Although Dailey spent a lot of time with Wheatley on the football field, they may have been even closer because of track as Wheatley competed in the long jump and triple jump as well as the 100 and 200 meter dash.

    “I was always a track guy when I was a kid,” Wheatley said. “I always wanted to play football as a kid, but my parents felt like I was a little bit too small for that. You know how moms are; they don’t want their little babies to get hurt.”

    Dailey believes Wheatley’s high school track numbers in multiple events show what a talented athlete he is.

    “Terrence was as good at track as anyone in Texas,” he said. “I know he was more than welcome to help the Colorado track team, but football was always his main focus.

    “Which is good because there’s not near as much money to be made in track as there is in football.”

    Dailey added that while he can watch former players like Peprah, Blalock and Wheatley on TV each Sunday, what he really wants is to know how they are doing. Which is why Dailey was glad he got to spend time with Wheatley three weeks ago.

    “I was happy he shaved off those dreadlocks that he had in college; now he looks like Terrence again,” Dailey said. “These guys are all still kids to me. It may sound strange, but I don’t look at them any differently than when they walked in to suit up for East.”

    http://www.planostar.com/articles/2008/05/01/plano_star-courier/sports/18.txt
     
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    That's a cool article. Thanks Valdez!
     
  9. Sexton Hardcastle

    Sexton Hardcastle Club Member Club Member

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    Here's another article. MLawBuff found it on Rivals.com.:thumbsup:

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    He’s up to speed
    Corner Wheatley makes his first impression count
    By John Tomase / Patriots Beat
    Saturday, May 3, 2008

    FOXBORO - In his seminal work “Blink,” author Malcolm Gladwell details the power of first impressions. They’re often more accurate than ensuing hours of study.

    By that logic, here’s one snap-your-fingers judgment of Patriots [team stats] minicamp yesterday: Terrence Wheatley was the best player on the field.

    It’s just one day. No one wore pads. There’s four months between now and September, when the games actually count. But for one morning, the cornerback from Colorado just seemed to have it.

    He looked like the fastest player on the field.

    He broke up three passes in drills that wildly favored wide receivers.

    And when it was over, he wasn’t even sweating.

    “I’m just trying to make this team,” Wheatley said. “What you did in college doesn’t matter anymore. Once you get drafted, it doesn’t matter whether you were picked in the first, second, third or fourth (rounds). There are plenty of players in this league who didn’t even get drafted. You still have to earn a job.

    “Plenty of people get cut, second- and third-round guys. I’ve got a job to earn.”


    Continued...
     
  10. Sexton Hardcastle

    Sexton Hardcastle Club Member Club Member

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    And another!:wow: T-Wheat is doing really well in New England. :thumbsup:

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    In his element
    As a self-proclaimed ‘weather nerd,’ Pats rookie Wheatley finds New England to be a climatological heaven


    FOXBORO -- Putting Terrence Wheatley in New England is like dropping an archaeology major in Machu Picchu.

    While football will decide how long Wheatley lasts with the Patriots [team stats], his outside interests should keep him occupied each and every day. All he has to do is look out the window.

    An atmospheric sciences major at Colorado who one day hopes to earn a Masters degree in climatology, Wheatley is a self-described “weather nerd” who has already differentiated between the “dry cold” of Colorado and the “step outside and holy crap I want to go back in,” of New England.

    “I showed up and it was sunny,” the second-round draft pick said yesterday after rookie minicamp practice. “Then it got cloudy, and now it’s raining. I’m waiting for the snow to roll in.”

    Wheatley arrived in Foxboro with a reputation for being a cerebral player, and his intelligence was apparent as he discussed his lifelong interest in all things weather-related.

    “I was a weather nerd when I was a kid for some reason,” he said. “I just was. I used to have like a little weather vane outside the house and stuff.”

    Wheatley was quick to educate a reporter who confused climatology with meteorology.

    “As a climatologist, I basically give the weather man the reports,” he said. “So it’s more like longterm forecasting from a global standpoint. You can study ocean currents or all sorts of stuff. Whatever you want.”

    Wheatley’s interest in world climates led him to an early screening of Al Gore’s Oscar-winning documentary, “An Inconvenient Truth,” on the impact of global warming.

    “I saw it when it first came out and it was a little bit scary, so I sat through probably half the movie and left,” he said. “Who knows what the future is going to hold, but I just looked at it like, ’I had never thought about things that way.”’

    Wheatley also mentioned the action flick, “The Day After Tomorrow” about catastrophic climate changes.

    “That actually can happen and probably will to a certain degree,” he said. “But we should all be gone by then.”

    Wheatley is currently two economics courses shy of his degree. He plans to finish the six hours of work online.

    Continued...
     
  11. 87toInfinity

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    I'm going to assume that he beat the receiver to the spot 3 out of 5 times in the receiver friendly drill because of his work ethic, football smarts, and U. of Colorado experience and NOT because Bellicheat showed him the offense practice film from a day earlier. :thumbsup:
     
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    Catch-22 for Wheatley
    By DAN PIRES
    Inside the Patriots
    May 03, 2008 6:00 AM


    FOXBORO — It's definitely an apparition. At a glance, though, the Patriots cornerback of the future bears a remarkable resemblance to the Pro Bowler he was drafted to help replace.

    Like his predecessor, he lines up on the left side of the defense. He wears the same No. 22, weighs the same 185 pounds, and is 5-9 and 5/8 compared to 5-10.

    That's where it all begins and ends, for now. Patriots second-round pick Terrence Wheatley may in time develop into the next Asante Samuel, who's now a Philadelphia Eagle.

    Like Samuel, Wheatley even wore his hair in spider braids until he opted to shave it all off. Now he's styling a close-cropped 'do — mostly at the urging of his parents, and the fear that his grandmother would demand he get a grown-up haircut.

    Wheatley is just hoping to make the team for now, never mind cracking the Patriots starting lineup. Filling the gaping hole opposite right-side starter Ellis Hobbs remains a far-off goal for the University of Colorado product.

    "I honestly don't even look at it," Wheatley said about the job opening. "At least for me, trying to make the team, there is no (position) for me yet. Maybe when I make the team I can worry about it. Until then, I'm just trying to make the team."

    Sure, he was competing against a bunch of guys trying to make a name for themselves in the first day of rookie camp Friday, but Wheatley was consistently at the head of the class. He successfully defended three passes, and he looked like the fastest guy on the field in virtually every drill.

    While training camp and the regular season still a few months away, Wheatley's immediate focus remains on trying to learn the playbook and picking up all the nuances of being a professional athlete.

    "Our playbook is a little thicker than (the one from) college. You're definitely stepping up in terms of how much you've got to think on the field," Wheatley said. "The meetings are a little bit longer, so they can put a lot more in than in college. So you definitely try to learn as much as you can and as quickly as you can. You stay up until 11 o'clock at night trying to study the playbook, which is something you don't do in college."

    Along with lining up at cornerback Friday, Wheatley handled kick returns. With very good hands to go along with excellent speed, Wheatley may make his initial mark on special teams. As a senior, he set Colorado's school record with 919 return yards.

    "If you're coming in, you want to play and you've got to play on special teams," Wheatley said. "If they want me to play special teams or the water boy — whatever, it doesn't matter to me."

    Wheatley wasn't projected to be a second-round pick by many of the pundits before the draft. A history of injuries worried some experts, even though he had 14 interceptions at Colorado.

    Wheatley suffered a catastrophic right wrist injury between his sophomore and junior years, with radical reconstructive surgery in February 2005 costing him a season. He played in final two years of eligibility in abject pain, and to this day his wrist appears very swollen and thoroughly scarred — there's a foot-long, stainless steel plate still in there.

    Still, he made plays.

    "It's been healthy for a year," Wheatley said. "(The Patriots) picked me for several reasons and I think football intelligence was one of them. I'm able to digest a lot of stuff pretty quickly. I don't need a whole bunch of reps.

    "Again, that's college and that really doesn't matter anymore. "¦ Obviously, the guys here felt like I played with two hands and I played well. The wrist is a non-issue."

    Regardless, Wheatley seems determined to make a name for himself — even if his uniform number suggests otherwise.

    "They kind of gave it to me, but I'm not going to complain," he said. "The number's the number and it's the man who makes the number. Whatever number they gave me is what they gave me. I don't really care."

    Dan Pires covers the Patriots for The Standard-Times. He can be reached at DPires@s-t.com


    http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080503/SPORTS/805030363/-1/NEWS01
     
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    Holy ****, he has a foot long steel plate? Is that a typo?
     
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    I still think T-Wheat is a better corner than Aqiub Talib and Wheat will have a better NFL career than Talib.
     
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    I think this is one of my favorite threads in my short time with Allbuffs. What great links...great video...a great Buff!!!
     
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    After watching his highlight tape, I can understand why he went #62, against Tech he had one of the best games of his career and help a superstar all american (Crabtree) to only a 131 yards (which is pretty good considering he had 5 games with 150 yards or more before the Buffs came into Lubick.
     
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    Where's Lubick?
     
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    out to pasture
     
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    However the hell you spell the city that Tech resides in
     

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