Urban Meyer has had a history of using a H-back or pivot position in his offense throughout the years, and the two most notable and successful in that role were Percy Harvin and Curtis Samuel. These two shined as versatile pieces of Meyer’s offense, excelling in both the run and pass games.
In 2007 at Florida, Harvin totaled 1622 yards from scrimmage; 764 rushing and 858 receiving. 10 TD season.
In 2008, Harvin totaled 1304 yards from scrimmage; 660 rushing and 644 receiving. 17 TD season.
There were attempts at replacing that position, but none came particularly close until Curtis Samuel, who arguably did it better.
In 2016 at Ohio State, Samuel totaled 1636 yards from scrimmage; 771 yards rushing and 865 receiving. 15 TD season.
We can’t help looking at the versatility of Laviska Shenault, who is a WR built like a RB. The versatility is the similarity between the three players, but Shenault’s larger build vs the others’ quickness is the distinction.
In 2018 at Colorado, Shenault totaled 1126 yards from scrimmage. The majority of his work was as a receiver, but he had 17 carries for 155 yards and 5 TDs on top of his 1011 yards receiving. In 2019, his work on the ground increased by a tad, and his receiving volume went down. In fact, his 2019 college season was very similar to his 2020 NFL rookie season in terms of his receiving/rushing split.
His route running has improved since coming into the NFL, and he was already a buy/sleeper going into 2020. With the potential of Meyer using him in this distinguished role raises his ceiling. Remember, Shenault’s breakout age was at 19, and he had a 30%+ dominator rating in that sophomore year (30%+ of team’s total yards).
Oh, and the Jaguars are probably drafting Trevor Lawrence. Good vibes for Laviska.