September 6, 2006

Better than Wes?

After a sophomore campaign in which he was hobbled by two knee injuries, the comparisons of Danny Amendola to former Red Raider and current Miami Dolphin Wes Welker have largely died down. Still, striking similarities remain.

"They are similar," said inside receivers coach and co-offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen. "Being a good punt returner is just having a real good feel for one, in fielding the ball and two, making the first guy miss and three, setting up your blocks after that. He's good at that.

"Whether he can be where Wes was [after four years], only time can tell. Wes was pretty good and still is pretty good in the NFL. Danny has a lot of those same things; he fields the ball as good as Wes and now he's got to stay healthy, set it and get it done."

Surprisingly, considering the injuries, Amendola's statistics in the return game measure up favorably to Welker's; The junior from The Woodlands has registered 60 more punt return yards on one fewer attempt than his mentor from Oklahoma City had at the same point in his career.

These superior numbers did not stop Holgorsen from having Amendola visit with Welker throughout the offseason.

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