Who Will Replace Markus Wheaton as the Breakout Oregon State Beavers Star?
The Oregon State Beavers will sorely miss wide receiver Markus Wheaton and his blazing speed on the outside. Wheaton could be a star at the pro level but with college football, teams always lose big stars it’s a fact of life. The great teams always find a way to year in and year out to re-arm with fresh blood. The Beavers have had some big name stars over the years from running back Steven Jackson, lineman Andy Levitre and linebacker Nick Barnett to name a few big name stars currently in the NFL.
This upcoming year, the Beavers brought in the number one junior college transfer cornerback in Steven Nelson. Nelson is a big (6′ 185 lbs.) DB, who is aggressive in man coverage with great foot speed (runs about a 4.4 40 yard dash time), and excels at mirroring the wide receiver. The only real knock on Nelson’s game is that he struggles with bigger and more physical wide receivers, likely due to only being 185 lbs. This could be a very good thing for the Beavers as they will have to play Marqise Lee and USC , so this could become a key position battle in a conference rivalry.
Nelson also de-committed from the University of Georgia in December 2012. If he lives up to his incoming hype, Nelson in two full years in the PAC-12 could be an all-American award resulting in becoming first or second round draft pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.