Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 12/14/12
Replacing an offensive catalyst With senior wideout Markus Wheaton headed to the NFL draft this spring, Oregon State will have a huge void to fill on its depth chart. Since his junior season, Wheaton has been the Beaver’s go-to receiver on offense. He led the team with 986 yards and 73 catches in 2011, while averaging 13.5 yards per catch. He took that to a whole new level in 2012, once again leading the team in receiving yards (1,207) and catches (88), as well as touchdowns (13; 11 receiving, two rushing). During the Nicholls State game, Wheaton set a school record with his 224th career reception. A team captain, Wheaton has been a mainstay for the Beavers offense. It’s apparent from all his catches that he was the go-to guy for Oregon State quarterbacks. You could tell it from the games as well—when OSU needed a big play, Wheaton was almost always involved. But this is college football, and at a certain point players have to leave. That gives Mike Riley the unpleasant task of finding
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