That's right, I said it: come and get me, Ohio State fans.
Treat me like I'm Ryan Hamby—remember, the Ohio State player who dropped a pass in the Texas Game?
Sure you do, I bet some of you sent him the death threats and hate mail that was reported.
So bring it on, Buckeyes. Here you are: Terelle Pryor is overrated.
Buckeye fanboy, goes as nuts for Pryor as Texas fanboy went nuts for Vince Young.
What do they have in common?
They are both good players who need to play until their junior year before they can be considered a Heisman Trophy finalist.
Not this year, Buckeyes. It may happen next year; if he shows improvement, I will be behind you.
Here's what I'm saying:
It's one thing to be the quarterback on a winning team on the national stage, it's another thing when your career high pass attempts is 25.
He can run, as evidenced by his 600 rushing yards last season; when his arm was looking queasy, his feet did the talking.
I just have one question:
Could someone explain to me how he's different from former WVU quarterback Pat White?
I'm anxious to hear it.
After Pat White's freshman season, everyone talked about how WVU had a nice cornerstone to the program and someone to look forward to for a long time.
He never sniffed the Heisman.
And I am telling you, Pryor won't sniff it either. Not this year.
I am sure that OSU fan can point out that while the starting wideouts for Ohio State are gone, that they have an inexperienced but very talented (insert 5-star prospect's name here).
I'm sure that is correct.
Ohio State lost a lot of the defensive starters, and their biggest weapon—Beanie Wells.
Pryor will have to go from a "nice secondary or tertiary weapon" to the main weapon, and I foresee some growing pains as teams will key in on him.
Oh sure, Wells was injured—I've heard all the arguments before. And here is my counter argument:
Where was the challenge last season?! Where were the teeth of the Ohio State schedule?
Ohio State winning the Big Ten last year (while not playing Iowa) was akin to Gary Kasparov beating Hellen Keller at chess.
And when they faced the premiere games (PSU, USC, and Texas), the games were not so easy.
And that was with one of the better defenses in the nation, both talent and stats.
I believe the Big Ten this year will be much stronger, and that Ohio State to be back with the pack more than they were last year.
So just stop.
Stop with Pryor winning the Heisman this year, stop thinking that he's a favorite.
If he goes to New York City, I will publicly recant this article.
As I alluded to before:
Pat White as a Freshman: 57% Completion Rate, 7.3 yards per attempt, 8TDs, 5INTs, 858 yards passing, 952 yards rushing.
Terrelle Pryor: 60% competion rate, 7.9 yards/attempt, 12TDs, 4INTs, 1311 yards passing, 631 rushing yards.
Both did not "start" at the beginning of the season, and, though there discrepancy in the styles of their respective offense, the production is very similar.
Terrelle Pryor will have a tough year adjusting as the "star" of the team. Next year, we might be able to talk Heisman.
Lets see if OSU can win the Big Ten without that experienced defense, let alone survive that September 12th date against USC.
And remember, Pat White has done a few things that OSU has struggled to do:
Win BCS Games.