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Allow me to introduce you to the "next Wes Welker"

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When I think of Wes Welker, I think: undersized, hard worker, unique, catches everything, scrappy, takes kicks to the house, etc...

Well, earlier today I watched a video that Doug posted of North Carolina receiver / kick returner Ryan Switzer in which Switzer reviews the film of each of his 5 punt returns for touchdowns last season...and as I was watching it, all I could think of was this is the next Wes Welker. 

A couple of notes from his bio on UNC's website:

  • Nickname is "Switz"
  • Favorite TV show is "Hannah Montana"
  • Wears No. 3 because it symbolizes the Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit
  • Favorite off-day activity is watching Christmas movies
  • Would like to appear on an episode of "Jersey Shore"

Now, a look at his high school career:

  • First-team Parade All-America selection
  • Two-time winner of the Kennedy Award, given to the West Virginia state player of the year
  • Only the sixth two-time winner in the award's 66 years
  • Twice named the West Virginia Gatorade Player of the Year
  • Scored 103 touchdowns in his prep career and finished in the top five in West Virginia history in touchdowns and points
  • 2012 Under Armour National Combine champion

North Carolina lists Switz at 5'10" 180.

I haven't spoken with anyone at North Carolina about him; but after watching this video, you simply have to like this young man. The entire video session is good; but I particularly enjoyed the 6:25 mark where he discusses an interaction with Larry Fedora at halftime of the Pitt game shortly after he had just taken a punt back for six to close the first half and put UNC up 24-7. Listen to what he says and remember that Pitt comes back in the 2nd half to tie it at 24-24...before Switz takes another punt to the the house at the ned of the game to win it for North Carolina. 

I'm rooting for this guy this season.