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Mike Wallace
No. 17     Pittsburgh Steelers
Wide Receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: August 1, 1986 (1986-08-01) (age 23)
Place of birth: New Orleans, Louisiana
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
College: Mississippi
NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 3 / Pick: 84
Debuted in 2009 for the Pittsburgh Steelers
Career history
 As player:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2009
Receptions     39
Receiving yards     756
Receiving TDs     6
Stats at NFL.com

Burnell Micheal "Mike" Wallace III (born August 1, 1986 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is an American football wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Steelers in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at Mississippi.

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Early years

Wallace was born to parents Burnell and Sonjia Wallace in New Orleans, Louisiana. He attended O. Perry Walker High School where he played football on both offense and defense. During his senior year, Wallace had 60 receptions for 1,039 yards and 19 touchdowns. He also returned four punts and four kickoffs for touchdowns. Wallace set the school records for total points and kick return touchdowns.[1]

SuperPrep named him the 17th-ranked college prospect in the state of Louisiana. Wallace was also named the league MVP, district MVP, and All-West Bank MVP. He was also named an All-State, all-league, All-Metro, All-West Bank player.[1]

College career

In 2004, Wallace initially signed with Oregon State, but did not enroll in Oregon State University. In 2005, he enrolled at the University of Mississippi.[1]

As a true freshman in 2005, Wallace played in 10 games. He returned four kickoffs for 48 yards against LSU. In 2006, he started all 12 games as a split end. He recorded two touchdown receptions to tie for first on the team. At Kentucky, he had two receptions for 65 yards. Against Wake Forest, he had two receptions for 36 yards. At Alabama, he had his first career touchdown on a 55-yard catch from Brent Schaeffer. Against Mississippi State, he had one catch for 38 yards.[1]

In 2007, Wallace saw action in all 12 games with nine starts as a split end. He recorded 716 receiving yards and had two 100-yard games. He had seven catches of at least 40 yards and three of at least 50 yards. He ranked first in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) in yards per catch with 18.8. He was named third-team All-SEC.[1]

In 2008, he played in six games where he recorded 39 receptions for 784 yards and seven touchdowns. He also had ten carries for 92 yards.[1] In the 2009 Cotton Bowl against Texas Tech, he caught a 41-yard touchdown pass from Jevan Snead.[2] Wallace participated in the 2009 Senior Bowl on the South team, as a replacement for a no-show wide receiver invitee.[3]

Professional career

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2009 NFL Draft

At the NFL Scouting Combine, Wallace finished second overall in the 40-yard dash with an official 4.33-second time. This was the second fastest wide receiver time.

Combine Results
Wt 40 yd 20 ss 3-cone Vert BP Wonderlic
199 lb* 4.33* 4.27* 6.90* 40 in.* 14 reps* X

(* represents NFL Combine)[4]

Pittsburgh Steelers

Wallace was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft with the 84th overall selection. Wallace was the 11th wide receiver chosen in the draft. On June 18, 2009, Wallace signed a three year contract with the Steelers worth $1.740 million which included a $555,000 signing bonus.[5]

He achieved his first 100-yard receiving game against the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2009 season; he had 7 receptions for 102 yards. He has served as the team's third wide receiver behind Hines Ward and Santonio Holmes.

On December 20, he caught a game winning pass while falling out of bounds as time expired to defeat the Green Bay Packers, 37-36.[6] Wallace was the winner of the “Joe Greene Great Performance Award”, given to the outstanding Steelers’ rookie.[7]

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