Was hampered last fall by the lingering effects of knee surgery performed during the 2007 season … Practiced but saw only limited action … Could not play as fast as he needed to play … Got a fresh start in the spring … Missed two days a week because of his class schedule but was healthier and more confident … Coaches are hopeful that he is ready to get back into the mix … Has a great feel for Tech’s passing scheme … A good athlete with great hands … Is facing an important summer … Will be competing for playing time when practice resumes.
2008: Worked with the kickoff return and extra point/field goal block teams … Served as the No. 4 tight end … Saw brief special team action in three games … Saw the most action in the Georgia Tech game, with four plays on special teams … Pulled in two catches for 31 yards during one of the Hokies’ spring scrimmages.
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 (residential property management).