VIDEO: Wade Goes From Walk-On To Leading Tackler
Senior Safety From Tennessee Earns His Scholarship And Starting Job
DENTON - He went from a walk-on to the leading tackler for the Mean Green defense in the season opening game at Texas in the span of 18 months Senior Sheldon Wade's journey to Denton took him from Knoxville, Tennessee to Denton. After deciding to transfer from Austin Peay University, Wade and his father searched all over the nation for a new football home.
They sent out tape after tape, after tape to as many schools as they could, hoping to hear back from just one. It wasn't until Mean Green assistant head coach Nick Quartaro took a look at his tape and decided to bring him into Denton to see what he could offer. Once Wade had his chance, he took the most of it.
Wade walked onto the Mean Green roster in 2013. He still had a mountain to climb before seeing the playing field. After all, he was a transfer from an FCS school trying to make the move up the ladder to an FBS school. Wade worked his way up the depth chart and found his way onto the field in 2013, and had one interception as he played as a back-up to Marcus Trice.
Heading into 2014, Wade wanted to prove that not only could he play at the FBS level, he could thrive. After coach McCarney put him on scholarship, he didn't let up.
He won the starting safety position in fall camp and coach Dan McCarney called him one of if not the most improved player on the team in camp. He didn't disappoint either in his first career start at North Texas, leading the team in tackles at Texas.