March 19, 2007

Rod cautions exuberance over Lyons

MORGANTOWN -- At 6-foot-8, 205 pounds, Wes Lyons is as graceful an athlete as you will see waltz across the synthetic carpet at Mountaineer Field. When he catches the ball, your mouth drops. How many of his kind are even on the field?

But when it comes to getting off the line, snapping a cut and beating a D-back, the true sophomore has a lot to learn, just like anybody without the name of Reynaud, Bruce and Gonzales does at Camp Rod.

Because of his height, fans and media alike anointed him with greatness when he was a head-liner in the recruiting class of 2006. And why not? Playing in a real program (Woodland Hills) against real competition, he caught 62 balls for 1,100 yards for coach George Novak in one year. Thirteen of them went for scores. He was a track letterman, honor roll student. The business major is the son of Marva LaMar and Wes Lyons Sr. and is among the most pleasant of interviews.

Rich Rodriguez, who assisted Tony Gibson in corralling the big colt ahead of Ohio State, thinks greatness is written in large letters up and down his lanky body, but perhaps not yet.

"At 6-7 or 6-8 he is an offensive target, there is no doubt about that. But he has to get faster. He has to get more physical. And he has to use that physicality to get open," said Rod.

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