Enters the preseason in a head-to-head battle with Greg Boone for the starting tight end duties ... Got seven starts during the 2006 season as a freshman and saw the most snaps among the three young tight ends, with over 450 ... Made the most improvements of the tight ends down the stretch ... Led the position in receptions with 13 ... Combines good hands with the ability to get down field ... Needs to get stronger and improve his blocking at the point of attack ... Figures to see a lot of action for the Hokies again in 2007. 2006: Slowed by a toe injury in the preseason ... Played 12 snaps in the opener at tight end and had a knockdown block ... Worked 15 plays at UNC and had another knockdown ... Started in the Duke game and caught two passes for 25 yards, including a 17-yard TD grab ... Was in for 16 plays against UC ... Caught three passes for four yards, while playing 69 snaps against Georgia Tech ... Had a catch against both BC and Southern Miss ... Grabbed a key 41-yard pass to help set up a touchdown in the Clemson game ... Played 30 downs at Miami ... Had a touchdown reception erased by a penalty against Kent State ... Was in for 52 snaps at Wake Forest, catching two passes for 38 yards and grading out at 81 percent ... Started and played 60 snaps against Virginia ... Hauled in two passes for 29 yards ... Caught a pass from Eddie Royal in the bowl game against Georgia for 53 yards and a touchdown ... Had 13 catches for 199 yards and two touchdowns ... Also contributed as a starter on the extra point and field goal teams ... Had a 500-pound back squat during spring testing ... Caught two passes for 33 yards, including one for 19 yards and a touchdown, during the team's second scrimmage. 2005: Redshirted while working at tight end ... Posted a 450-pound back squat during scout team max tests during the fall ... Ran a 4.64 in the 40 during spring testing ... Caught a pass for 4 yards in Tech's first spring scrimmage. Prep School: Saw action at linebacker, fullback and tight end while playing for Coach Robert Prunty at Hargrave ... Listed as the No. 24 prep school player in the nation by rivals.com. High School: Lettered three seasons for Coach Dave Crist at Blacksburg, while playing running back, wide receiver, linebacker and tight end ... Also punted for the Bruins ... Rushed for over 300 yards his senior year and caught 14 passes for 293 yards and four touchdowns ... Also contributed 98 tackles on defense ... Caught three passes, including two for TDs, in a game against Northside ... Earned all-district honors three straight years ... Ranked the No. 33 player in the state by The Roanoke Times in 2004 ... Ranked No. 69 on the All Mid-Atlantic Team by Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report as a senior ... Named an All-Atlantic Region selection as a defensive lineman by PrepStar ... Earned all-district, region and state honors in basketball ... Pulled down 31 rebounds in a game against Patrick Henry as a senior ... Averaged 16.8 points and 8.7 rebounds a game. Personal: Samuel Ryan Wheeler ... Born 5/27/86 in Bluefield, WV ... Son of Anthony and Linda Wheeler ... Enrolled in apparel, housing and resource management.