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Terrence Wheatley
No. 22     New England Patriots
Cornerback
Personal information
Date of birth: May 5, 1985 (1985-05-05) (age 24)
Place of birth: Walnut Creek, California
Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) Weight: 183 lb (83 kg)
Career information
College: Colorado
NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 2 / Pick: 62
Debuted in 2008 for the New England Patriots
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • 2x First-team All-Big 12 (2006, 2007)
Career NFL statistics as of 2009
Tackles     4
Sacks     0.0
Interceptions     0
Forced fumbles     0
Pass deflections     2
Stats at NFL.com

Terrence Wheatley (born May 5, 1985 in Walnut Creek, California) is an American football cornerback for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Patriots in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at Colorado.

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Early years

Wheatley attended Plano East Senior High School in Plano, Texas, where he holds track and field records in the triple jump, the long jump, and the 100 meters.[1] As a sophomore he was the district champion in the long jump.[1]

During his junior season in football, Wheatley had 70 tackles, six interceptions, 18 pass breakups, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.[1] Although a cornerback, Wheatley spent time at running back, where he had 23 rushing attempts for 200 yards and 11 catches for 161 yards and two touchdowns.[1] He averaged 25 yards per kick return and eight per punt return.[1]

During his senior season he had 82 tackles, five interceptions, nine pass deflections, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.[1] Once again seeing time on offense, he had 25 catches, 410 yards and three touchdowns.[1] He earned all-state honorable mention, all-district first team honors, and was named to the all-area first team of the Dallas Morning News as a cornerback and wide receiver.[1] Rivals.com named him the 56th best cornerback prospect in high school football.

College career

As a freshman at the University of Colorado, Wheatley saw action in 12 games, starting twice on defense.[1] He had 24 tackles and five pass deflections during 268 snaps on defense.[1] When Wheatley and Samuel Joseph started against Baylor, it marked the first time in Colorado history that two freshmen started at cornerback.[1] Wheatley had eight tackles in the Baylor game, which was his season high.[1]

As a sophomore, he played in all 13 games, starting the last five, including the Houston Bowl.[1] However during the season, he was held back by wrist, groin and hamstring injuries.[1] He had 33 tackles, three passes broken up and four interceptions, which ranked second on the team.[1] His first collegiate interception was returned for a touchdown,[1] making him the 12th player in Colorado history to accomplish that feat.[1]

In 2005, his true junior year, he had wrist surgery in the spring but because the wrist continued to bother him, he missed the entire season.[1] As a redshirt junior in 2006 he had 57 tackles, five interceptions, and 11 passes broken up.[1] After the season, he was named First Team All-Big 12 and All-Colorado.[1]

During his senior season in 2007, Wheatley had 42 tackles and five interceptions in the first 10 games, before suffering a hairline fracture and missing the rest of the regular season.[1] He was able to return for the Independence Bowl.[1] He was named a Third-Team All-American and First Team All-Big 12 at cornerback, and received an honorable mention as a kick returner.[1] Wheatley also appeared on the official watchlists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and the Jim Thorpe Award.[1]

Professional career

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New England Patriots

Wheatley was drafted by the New England Patriots in the second round (62nd overall) in the 2008 NFL Draft,[2] and signed with them on July 22, 2008.[3] As a rookie, Wheatley debuted in the first week of the season against Kansas City,[2] and played in six of the first eight games. In his first career start against the Indianapolis Colts on November 2 he suffered a wrist injury that forced him to be placed on injured reserve on November 17.[4] Wheatley was active for five games in 2009, all as a reserve. He finished the season with two tackles.

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