28.Sep.2009 Markus Wheaton and the Redshirt
Markus Wheaton’s stat sheet can be seen here: http://scores.espn.go.com/ncf/player/profile?playerId=482558
So far this season, Markus has 2 catches for 13 yards. He has rushed 4 times for 19 yards. Projected stats are 6 catches for 39 yards and 12 rushes for 57 yards.
He has not been used on kick returns or punt returns. His stat sheet for UNLV and Cincinnati reads “Did Not Play or did not accumulate any stats.” On September 15th, Mike Riley said, ““Markus is not quite ready for prime time yet, but we hope to get that going this week. There are some things we’d like to do with him. Right now, we lose something running the fly sweep because he’s not as efficient with it yet.”
Someone needs to ask Mike Riley the tough question here: Why didn’t he redshirt Wheaton? If he wasn’t ready for primetime on the 15th, two games into the season, then logic tells you he certainly wasn’t ready the first game. Riley knew Catchings was returning for Cincinnati, and he didn’t even play Wheaton in the games that Catchings missed, so injury is not a valid excuse. Riley essentially wasted a year of Wheaton’s eligibility. That is a big deal given that Wheaton is the most explosive recruit from the 2008 class.