Ever since Urban Meyer showed up as the head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes two years ago, yes, the comparisons to his Florida teams have been widespread to his Ohio State teams, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, given how successful those teams were. With that being said, could sophomore Dontre Wilson be to this year’s offense what Percy Harvin was to those Florida teams?
Brian Bennett over at the ESPN Big Ten blog certainly seems to think so.
When asked about what to expect from Wilson this season, Bennett had this to say.
Urban Meyer has said that Dontre Wilson wasn’t strong enough last season to block or run between the tackles. “He was a hybrid guy that really wasn’t great at anything,” Meyer said. So Wilson didn’t touch the ball much and was basically a non-factor down the stretch last season for the Buckeyes. And that’s OK, because he was a true freshman, after all. Wilson has reportedly put on more than 20 pounds since the end of last season. I think you could see him excel now in that Percy Harvin-type, hybrid-back role where he can do a little bit of everything. Philly Brown is not a great comparison because he developed into a true No. 1 receiver, which Wilson probably never will be. But Wilson could be a very dangerous player if his strength and understanding of the game have now caught up to his elite speed.
Whether you’re annoyed by the comparisons to the Florida teams or not, no one would mind if Wilson turned out to be this effective this season.