Data Scout Notes: 2012: PBiletnikoff/PMaxwell...2011: 2ndC/PBiletnikoff...2010: HMC
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Wilson enters his junior season as the most highly regarded pro prospect from Washington State since cornerback Marcus Trufant was selected No. 11 overall by the Seattle Seahawks in 2003.
As the featured target in Paul Wullf's offense, Wilson's production has been spectacular. He wasted little time in proving to be a difference-maker for Washington State, breaking the school's freshman records for catches (55) and receiving yards (1,006) and tying the all-time mark in touchdown receptions (five) from a first-year player.
Wilson's numbers not only stood out against former Cougars, his 55 catches led all NCAA freshman receivers in 2010. Despite a revolving door at quarterback last year, Wilson was fantastic in 2011, shattering school records with 82 grabs for 1,388 yards and ranking second in WSU history with 12 touchdown catches. Needless to say, there is a great deal of anticipation as to what Wilson could accomplish as the focal point in Mike Leach's high-octane passing attack. An All-American season or perhaps even a shot at the Biletnikof Award certainly seems possible, as does a potentially high draft pick whenever Wilson should elect to make himself eligible to the NFL.
Though not a classic burner, the lean and athletic Wilson is a natural pass-catcher with impressive body control and deceptive speed.
Wilson needs to continue to get bigger and stronger (on tape he looks closer to 175), make his route-running a bit more precise and try to develop a bit more explosiveness. He's a naturally long-strider who is at his best running under Jeff Tuel's deep balls or using his long arms and body control to beat defenders in jump-ball situations. --Rob Rang
Appeared in 33 games, made 28 starts...finished career first in school-history with 3,207 career receiving yards, ninth-most in Pac-12 history...recorded the second-most receptions (189) and receiving touchdowns (23) in school-history...recorded school-records for 100-yard games (14) and 150-yard games (4)...had five multi-touchdown games...two-time all-conference selection.
Named one of Yahoo Sports' Breakthrough Athletes in 2012.
Earned a varsity letter after starting all 12 games...named Second-Team All-Pac-12...named to Yahoo! Sports All-America second team...named honorable mention All-America by Sports Illustrated...named First-Team All-Pac-12 by Phil Steele...set WSU single-season records with 82 receptions and 1,388 yards and tied for second most in a season with 12 touchdown catches...second wide receiver in WSU history with multiple 1,000 yard seasons (Jason Hill)...six 100-yard games including a pair of 200-yard performances...led the Pac-12 in receiving yards per game at 115.7...second in conference in touchdowns and yards...third in conference in receptions...posted sophomore records for receptions and receiving yards and tied the record for receiving touchdowns...had five touchdown catches for 50-yards or more...caught a touchdown pass in eight games, three multi-touchdown games...named to Phil Steele's Midseason All-America fourth team and All-Pac-12 first team...named WSU's Offensive Player of the Week three times (SDSU, OSU, ASU)...picked up a team-best four Cougar Big Play awards during the season (SDSU, CU, OSU, Cal)...caught four passes for 91 yards including a 61-yard touchdown against Idaho State...had five catches for 102 yards and a touchdown against UNLV...at San Diego State, caught six passes for 236 yards and two scores, an 80-yard touchdown catch on WSU's first play from scrimmage and a 78-yard reception and run...the 236 receiving yards were the fifth most in a game by a Cougar...also earned national wide receiver of the week honors after the San Diego State game by the College Football Performance Awards...made six catches for 121 yards including a go-ahead 63-yard touchdown catch with 1:10 remaining at Colorado...made 10 catches for 88 yards at UCLA...had five catches for 50 yards against No. 7 Stanford...had five catches for 75 yards and a touchdown against Oregon State...caught a career-high 11 passes for 126 yards at No. 7 Oregon...had seven catches for 85 yards at California...made eight catches for 223 yards and scored a career-high three touchdowns (85, 23, 19) in the win over Arizona State...his performance against ASU was nominated for the FRS Receiver Performance of the Year...caught eight passes for 83 yards and a touchdown against Utah...had seven receptions for 108 yards and two touchdowns (16, 38) at the Apple Cup...named one of the 15 Players to Watch by The Touchdown Club of Columbus...named WSU's Offensive Most Valuable Player. FRESHMAN (2010): Earned a varsity letter after appearing in all 12 games, making eight starts...named First-Team Freshman All-American by Sporting News, CollegeFootballNews.com, Rivals.com, and Phil Steele...earned All-Pacific-10 Conference honorable mention accolades...second on the team with a Cougar freshman record 55 catches...second on the team with six touchdowns, tied for the most by a Cougar freshman...led the team with 1,006 yards, the ninth Cougar, and first freshman to post a 1,000 receiving yards in a single season...led all freshmen nationally in receiving yards and was second among freshman nationally in receptions per game...ranked second in Pacific-10 Conference in receiving yards per game and tied for eighth in receptions...tied for the conference lead with five 100-yard receiving games...had touchdown receptions in six different games and caught at least three passes in 11 contests...had nine receptions for 40 or more yards...had four catches for 108 yards including a 48-yard touchdown at Oklahoma State...made six catches for 134 yards including a 68-yard touchdown reception at SMU...had a season-high seven catches against USC...made five receptions for 118 yards at UCLA...had six catches for 131 yards, including an 83-yard reception and a touchdown against Arizona...made six catches for a freshman single-game record 150 yards including a 74-yard touchdown catch at Stanford...caught a 33-yard touchdown pass in the win at Oregon State...had four catches and a touchdown against Washington.
Earned a varsity letter after appearing in all 12 games, making eight starts...named First-Team Freshman All-American by Sporting News, CollegeFootballNews.com, Rivals.com, and Phil Steele...earned All-Pacific-10 Conference honorable mention accolades...second on the team with a Cougar freshman record 55 catches...second on the team with six touchdowns, tied for the most by a Cougar freshman...led the team with 1,006 yards, the ninth Cougar, and first freshman to post a 1,000 receiving yards in a single season...led all freshmen nationally in receiving yards and was second among freshman nationally in receptions per game...ranked second in Pacific-10 Conference in receiving yards per game and tied for eighth in receptions.
Tied for the conference lead with five 100-yard receiving games...had touchdown receptions in six different games and caught at least three passes in 11 contests...had nine receptions for 40 or more yards...had four catches for 108 yards including a 48-yard touchdown at Oklahoma State...made six catches for 134 yards including a 68-yard touchdown reception at SMU...had a season-high seven catches against USC...made five receptions for 118 yards at UCLA...had six catches for 131 yards, including an 83-yard reception and a touchdown against Arizona...made six catches for a freshman single-game record 150 yards including a 74-yard touchdown catch at Stanford...caught a 33-yard touchdown pass in the win at Oregon State...had four catches and a touchdown against Washington.
Three-year letterwinner in football for head coach Darren Bennett...two-year team captain...also lettered four times in track and field and three times in basketball...two-year captain in basketball and one-time team captain in track and field...JUNIOR year named the Visalia Times-Delta All-Tulare County High School Athlete of the Year after garnering first-team all-league accolades in three different sports...named first-team all-league in football on both offense and defense...hauled in 37 receptions for 836 yards and a county-leading 17 touchdowns...also played cornerback for the Central Section Division II Championship team...voted the East Yosemite League's Most Valuable Player in basketball...won league titles in track and field in the high, long and triple jumps...SENIOR year named first-team All-East Yosemite League, Fresno Bee All-Area and Visalia Times-Delta All-County after hauling in 50 catches for 1,083 yards and 22 touchdowns...also a standout defensively for the Redskins, garnering MaxPreps Division II All-State at defensive back...led Tulare Union to the semifinals of the CIF-Central Section Division II playoffs...three-star prospect according to Scout.com was rated No. 77 overall in the state of California and No. 96 at his position nationally...three-star prospect according to Rivals.com...rated No. 76 in the Contra Costa Times' Cream of the Crop (California Top 100).
Marquess Wilson...born in Tulare, Calif...parents Richard and Donna...has an older borther, Barry, and younger sister, Koshiana...cousin Ronnie Lee played football at WSU...undecided on a major at WSU.
Draft Scout Player News
08/11/13 - WR Marquess Wilson. The seventh-round draft pick had occasionally flashed with catches in scrimmages, but in Friday's preseason opener he had a game-high four catches for 82 yards and a 58-yarder to set up a touchdown.
Wilson has handled the hard tosses without a bobble, and while he lacks world-class speed with a 4.45 40 time at the combine, he is a deceptively fast long strider.
Bears general manager Phil Emery felt on draft day that he had a steal in Wilson, who many league personnel officials shied away from because he had fired accusations at Washington State coach Mike Leach. Wilson hasn't had attitude problems of any type and has been quick to catch on to the Trestman offensive system.
05/02/13 - The Chicago Bears continued their aggressive pursuit of getting their rookies under contract, agreeing to terms with linebacker Khaseem Greene and wide receiver Marquess Wilson on four-year contracts.
Greene, 6-feet-1 and 241 pounds, was a fourth-round pick out of Rutgers. The 6-4, 184-pound Wilson was a seventh-round pick. He starred at Washington State before leaving the program in the middle of last season, but still is the Cougars' career leader with 3,207 receiving yards.
04/28/13 - A closer look at the Bears' picks: Round 7/236 - Marquess Wilson, WR, 6-3, 194, Washington State...Had a year of eligibility remaining. Has major character concerns. Was suspended from team last season after nine games and then quit. Was not allowed back on campus for Pro Day. Still led the team in receiving with 52 catches for 813 yards (15.6-yard average). In 2011, as a sophomore, set school records with 83 receptions and 1,388 yards, averaging 16.9 yards per catch and scoring 12 touchdowns. Has average speed but good agility. Despite a lack of strength (just seven reps of 225 on the bench), will catch over the middle. - The Sports Xchange
04/21/13 - ROB RANG'S 2013 NFL DRAFT DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH: Marquess Wilson, Washington State, 6-3, 194, 4.45 ... Teams are certainly going to want to do their homework on Wilson as his explosive accusations against Washington State head coach Mike Leach and his staff don't exactly demonstrate the kind of mental toughness scouts are hoping for in a highly drafted prospect. Make no mistake, however, Wilson is a legitimate talent and quietly enjoyed a very strong workout at the combine, alleviating any concerns about whether he was simply a by-product of an aggressive offense while with the Cougars. Wilson, NFLDraftScout.com, has learned has gone on multiple pre-draft visits, including with Tampa Bay, Cleveland and Tennessee.
Five Other Wide Receivers to Consider ... 1. Chad Bumphis, Mississippi State, 5-10, 196, 4.56* ... 2. Brice Butler, San Diego State, 6-3, 214, 4.39* ... 3. Greg Herd, Eastern Washington, 6-3, 202, 4.56* ... 4. Uzoma Nwachukwu, Texas A&M, 5-11, 198, 4.50* ... 5. Ace Sanders, South Carolina, 5-7, 173, 4.53 - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
03/07/13 - Wilson, who was clocked at 4.51 in the 40-yard dash at last week’s combine, said he met with all but about eight or 10 NFL teams in Indianapolis last week, and said he thinks the interview process went “really well." His agent, Cameron Foster, says that shouldn’t be a surprise.
"With respect to character-building, Marquess has great character, so he hasn’t had to rebuild anything,” said Foster, who also represents Tuel and three EWU players. “People question about why he did what he did, but I think most of the questions are being answered in his interviews. “Marquess had really great interviews at the NFL combine, from what I’ve heard from NFL teams that I’ve spoken with. Marquess is a good, genuine kid, and teams see that.” Foster said one team actually told Wilson he did “the honorable thing” by removing himself from a situation that made him feel uncomfortable.
As for whether his draft status will be affected by all the noise, it’s hard to say. Wilson said he’s been running and lifting by himself in Pullman recently after sharing a residence and working out with Tuel and EWU receivers Greg Herd and Brandon Kaufman in Florida. “I’d be guessing if I told you a draft round,” Foster said. “But we’re hoping that he’s going to be in the upper rounds, and feedback I’ve gotten from NFL teams after his combine performances is that’s where he should be landing.” - Christian Caple, The Spokesman-Review