WORTH NOTING: Preseason All-American ... joins Angelo Crowell as a team co-captain this season ... one of the nation’s top receivers … fourth among returning players in receptions, tied for third in touchdowns and ninth in yards … became Virginia’s first All-American wide receiver since Herman Moore in 1990 … first-team All-ACC after leading the conference in every receiving category last season … led the ACC in receptions (83), receptions per game (6.92), receiving yards (1060), receiving yards per game (88.3), touchdown receptions (12) and 100-yard games (4) … nationally, he was eighth in total receptions, 15th in total yards and sixth in touchdown catches … his 83 receptions shattered the old school record by 29! and are second-most in ACC history … took him just eight games to set UVa’s single-season receptions record … is the school’s all-time leading receiver with 141 receptions, tied for 29th in ACC history … his figures for yards receiving and touchdown catches last season are both second-most in school history … tied for 11th in ACC history (third in UVa history) with 21 career touchdown catches and 30th in conference history (fifth in UVa history) with 2084 receiving yards … four games with 100+ yards receiving last season are tied for second-most in school history … reached the century mark in receptions in 28 games, the second-fastest rate in school history … Dave Sullivan (1970-72) reached 100 receptions in 26 games … has led the team in receiving every year of his career.
HONORS: 2001—Third-team All-American by Football News ... honorable mention All-American by Collegefootballnews.com ... first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference ... received the Dudley Award, recognizing the best college player in the state of Virginia ... named Player of the Year in the state of Virginia by the Virginia Sports Information Directors Association ... Offensive Player of the Year in the state of Virginia by the Roanoke Times ... first-team All-State by the Roanoke Times ... first-team All-State by the Virginia Sports Information Directors Association ... received the Ben Wilson Award as UVa’s most outstanding offensive player (team award). 2000—Named ACC Offensive Back of the Week following UVa’s game against Duke (Sept. 16). 1999—Three-time ACC Rookie of the Week, honored following UVa’s games against N.C. State (Oct. 16), Buffalo (Nov. 13) and Maryland (Nov. 20) … recipient of the Bill Dudley Award as Virginia’s most outstanding first-year player … ECAC/Budget Rookie of the Week after the game against N.C. State (Oct. 16) … his game-winning touchdown catch against Maryland (Nov. 20) was named the Compaq College Football National Play of the Week.
AT VIRGINIA: 2001—Turned in one of the best seasons in school history by a receiver … earned All-America honors from Football News and was named first-team All-ACC ... led the ACC in every major receiving category, including receptions (83), receptions per game (6.92), receiving yards (1060), receiving yards per game (88.3), touchdown receptions (12) and 100-yard games (4) … nationally he was eighth in total receptions, 15th in total yards and sixth in touchdown catches ... was the team’s main offensive weapon, who stepped up his game following the injury to tailback Antwoine Womack early in the season … had three games with at least 10 receptions and tied the school record with 11 catches in a game twice … prior to the season UVa only had two performances in history of 10+ catches in a game and McMullen had three in just one season ... had four multi-touchdown games (Richmond, Clemson, Duke, Georgia Tech)—all Virginia wins … was instrumental in every UVa win … opened the season with three catches for 62 yards and one touchdown vs. Wisconsin … hauled in a 33-yard flea flicker by outjumping two defenders to score UVa’s first touchdown … caught a then career-high nine passes for 88 yards and two touchdowns to help propel the Cavaliers to a 17-16 win over Richmond … eight of his catches resulted in either a touchdown or first down … didn’t let a three-week layoff or playing in front of a vocal crowd of 79,000 at Clemson’s Death Valley slow him down as he proved to be the difference for the second game in a row … against an outstanding Tiger defense, McMullen caught eight passes for 88 yards and two scores … scored his first touchdown midway through the third quarter to give UVa a 20-10 lead … Clemson fought back to take a 24-20 lead in the fourth quarter … McMullen caught three passes on UVa’s final drive, including one on a 17-yard halfback option from Tyree Foreman to move the ball inside the Clemson 5-yard line … after two running plays failed to reach paydirt, McMullen hauled in a one-yard toss from Bryson Spinner with one second left for the game-winning score in a dramatic 26-24 win … had five receptions for 53 yards and two touchdowns the following week in a 31-10 win over Duke … tied the school record with 11 receptions for 175 yards and one touchdown against Maryland … his 175 yards that day were second-most in the ACC during the season and stand seventh in school history … caught 11 more passes for 122 yards and one touchdown against North Carolina to become the first player in school history to catch more than 10 passes in back-to-back games … put the Cavaliers in position to win late when he hauled in a four-yard toss from Matt Schaub with 61 seconds remaining to make the score 30-24 … the Tar Heels recovered the ensuing onside kick to end UVa’s comeback hopes, however … four receptions for a season-low 25 yards vs. Florida State … caught five passes, all for first downs, for 71 yards vs. N.C. State … had seven catches for 107 yards and one touchdown vs. Wake Forest … reached double figures for the third time in the win over Georgia Tech … caught 10 passes for 98 yards and two touchdowns vs. the Yellow Jackets … his biggest catch, no doubt, was his final one … with time running down, he caught a little 10-yard throw from Bryson Spinner and quickly lateraled to Alvin Pearman trailing on the play … Pearman raced untouched 27 yards to the end zone for the game-winning touchdown with 22 seconds on the clock … seven receptions for 130 yards vs. Virginia Tech … caught three passes for 41 yards in the season finale against Penn State … lettered for the third time. 2000—Was the team’s leading receiver for the second consecutive season ... finished the season second on the team in all purpose yardage with 541 yards, all receiving ... hauled in 30 receptions for 541 yards and three touchdowns ... caught one pass for 26 yards in the season opener against BYU ... led team with six receptions for 73 yards against Richmond ... had most prolific outing of his career when he hauled in eight passes for 189 yards and two touchdowns in a 26-10 Virginia win over Duke ... the 189 yards represent the third-highest single game total all time for a Virginia receiver and are the most since Herman Moore caught nine passes for 234 yards against Georgia Tech in 1990 ... followed explosive game against Duke with five catches for 59 yards against Clemson ... made three catches for 22 yards in Wake Forest game ... caught one pass in each of the next three games against Maryland, Florida State and North Carolina ... showed his amazing athleticism when he made a spectacular one-handed catch for a 44-yard gain early in the fourth quarter against North Carolina ... had two catches for four yards against Georgia Tech ... saw his streak of 20 consecutive games with at least one catch end against Virginia Tech in the final regular season game of the year ... had one catch for 18 yards in the Jeep O’ahu Bowl ... earned his second letter. 1999—Was the team’s top receiving threat at the end of the season as he became more involved in the pass offense … had six touchdown grabs in the last five games of the regular season … led team with 483 receiving yards and a 17.2-yard average … tied for team lead with 28 receptions … second on team with six touchdown catches … led ACC true freshmen in touchdown receptions, tying for fourth among all players … played in every game but didn’t start any, including the Micronpc.com Bowl vs. Illinois … set school record for receptions by a freshman, breaking Herman Moore’s record … led the team in receptions on two occasions, both important ACC road wins … didn’t catch a pass in the opener against North Carolina, but caught at least one pass in every game the rest of the way … two catches for 25 yards against Clemson in the season’s second week … hauled in three passes for 34 yards vs. Wake Forest … also had three catches (for 32 yards) against Virginia Tech … first strutted his stuff in a big win over N.C. State in Raleigh … led the team with 109 yards receiving (a career high), while his four receptions tied Ahmad Hawkins for team honors … came up big again vs. #7 Georgia Tech despite catching just two passes … hauled in a 39-yard pass from David Rivers in the second quarter to help set up Virginia’s second touchdown that cut the Yellow Jackets’ lead from 17-0 to 24-14 … they teamed up again early in the fourth quarter on a 42-yard scoring play that proved to be the game-winner … faced with second-and-23 on the Tech 42, Rivers hit McMullen in stride with a perfect toss to put the Cavaliers in the lead for good … hauled in two touchdown passes from Dan Ellis against Buffalo among his three receptions … using his 6-4 frame to great advantage against the Bulls, both touchdowns were of the “alley-oop” variety made famous by Shawn and Herman Moore in the early 1990s … career-high six catches for 78 yards and a score at Maryland … his only touchdown in that game came with 26 seconds left and proved to be the winning score … again he used a height advantage to out jump the defender to make the grab … also had a diving grab of a pass that seemed certain to go over his head earlier in the game-winning drive ... caught three passes for 31 yards in the bowl game against Illinois.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Fork Union Military Academy during the 1998-99 academic year ... 1998 graduate of Henrico High School ... played wide receiver at Fork Union for head coach John Shuman … caught 45 passes for 870 yards and 12 touchdowns ... helped lead Fork Union to state title … team’s Offensive Most Valuable Player ... earned three letters at Henrico as a wide receiver and defensive back for head coach David Bedwell ... named All-District and All-Metro in 1996 and 1997 ... team’s Most Valuable Player in 1996 ... during his three-year career at Henrico, he caught 79 passes for 1,566 yards and 24 touchdowns ... as a senior in 1997, he had 25 receptions for 503 yards and five touchdowns ... had a 75-yard touchdown reception during his junior season ... defensively, he recorded 96 career tackles, six interceptions and two fumble recoveries … as a senior, he recorded 53 tackles, five interceptions and one fumble recovery … finished his career at Henrico with 10 offensive records: most receptions in a game (nine); most receiving yards in a game (230); most total yards in a game (325); most touchdowns in a game (4); most touchdowns in a season (17); most receiving yards in a a season (950); most points in a season (112); most receiving touchdowns in a career (24), most receiving touchdowns in a game (three, three times) and most total yards in a season (1,632) … also played basketball ... All-District and team’s Most Valuable Player as a senior at Henrico ... team’s Most Improved Player as a junior.
PERSONAL: Wilbur Anthony McMullen, Jr. … born 3-8-80 in Richmond, Va. … son of Wilbur A. McMullen, Sr. and Pamela Motley McMullen … has three siblings: Nicole (27), Ayanna (23) and Jada (20) … member of Distinguished Gentlemen … religious studies major.