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).