18 - Sam Wheeler Position: Tight End
Class: r-Junior
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 269 lbs.
High School: Blacksburg
Hometown: Blacksburg, Va.
photo Started eight games last season before tearing an ACL at Georgia Tech ... Underwent surgery and was held out of spring practice ... Was having an outstanding year when the injury occurred ... Earned the starting tight end job early on and had already surpassed his 2006 totals when he was injured ... Posted seven catches in the opening game against East Carolina and had 94 yards receiving in the Duke game ... A good athlete with great hands and the ability to get downfield ... Still needs to get better in the running game ... Is expected to be ready for the 2008 season, but his summer preparation will be extremely important.

2007: Caught a personal-best seven passes in the season opener with ECU ... Also had 81 yards receiving with 28 coming on a touchdown pass from Sean Glennon ... Played 45 snaps at LSU, but did not have a catch ... Hauled in a 16-yard pass in the Ohio game ... Had two catches for 15 yards versus W&M ... Picked up 46 snaps at Clemson ... Made four catches for a career-best 94 yards at Duke ... Caught a 5-yard pass in the BC game ... Suffered a season-ending knee injury in the first quarter of the game at Georgia Tech ... Underwent surgery and was lost for the season ... Had 15 catches for 211 yards and a touchdown over nine games ... Was held out of contact work during the spring.

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.

Receiving G No. Yds. Avg. TD LG
2006 13 13 199 15.3 2 53
2007 9 15 211 14.1 1 38
2008 12 2 30 15.0 0 16
Career 34 30 440 14.7 3 53

Tackles G UT AT Tot. Loss Sacks
2007 9 1 0 1 0-0 0-0