ANDERSON, Ind. —
The offense is full of second-year players, with Luck joined by tight ends Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen as well as running back Vick Ballard and wide receiver T.Y. Hilton. And no other wide receiver on the roster is over the age of 26.
So if his teammates want to look at Wayne as the wizened old veteran, he's fine with that.
Just don't make the mistake of thinking it will result in a free pass.
He famously looked around campus at Anderson University during training camp last season and declared he was surrounded by Smurfs. The observation this year?
"Still Smurfs," Wayne said. "Still a young team, especially on the offensive side in the skill positions, we're still young. We still got two-year tight ends. Take me and DHB (Darrius Heyward-Bey) out the system, we still got two-year receivers. We're still young. We're still growing. We just got one year under our belt. So now they know what it tastes like. So, hopefully, they can tell us if it's enough pepper or not."