Buckeye Nation...Like Looking Into a Mirror

Cedrick MorrisonCorrespondent IAugust 2, 2009

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 22:  Quarterback Terrelle Pryor #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes moves to pass the ball during the Big Ten Conference game against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium on November 22, 2008 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

I watched a good portion of the OSU spring game and was considerably impressed on how much more comfortable Pryor seemed to be in the pocket compared to a year (or not even) ago. He looked like he has made significant strides in going through his progressions and finding his second and third options. The sky’s the limit for this kid, we all know what a hell of an athlete he is but if he truly develops as a passer it's conceivable to believe there will be nothing any defensive coordinator can do to stop or even contain TP.

Which brings me to my next point.

As much as I dislike OSU for a number of reasons I can't help but to recognize how eerily similar our programs seem to be pre-Vince Young for Texas(more specifically the Chris Simms era) and OSU in the present(more specifically after the 02 nat'l chmpshp). Both were Media darlings year in and year out, Stacked in terms of Blue-chip talent from top to bottom, compiled winning percentages most schools could only dream about, and for the most part underachieved every year. There are differences sure, Texas seemed to trip up during the season most notably to OU every year and didn't make there 1st BCS appearance until 2004. OSU after 02 has been to 5 BCS games including two national championship games in that span but one also has to inquire on how much they've benefited from what most believe to be a weak conference as of late. The fact of the matter is when you have two programs as prestigious as the two, combined with the accumulation of talent, media coverage, and the insatiable desire for winning championships; when they come up short it makes them easy targets for ridicule from those who love and hate the program.

Thus was the case for Texas who became the laughing stock of the country even earning Mack Brown the title of "Coach February".

Enter Vince Young.

Started out as a gifted athlete who was raw in the beginning but Texas fans and more importantly Mack Brown knew this kid had something special in what was one of the most if not the most lopsided spanking we ever received in a 65-13 humiliation at the hands of the Sooners in 2003. However, in that game as a red shirt freshman he rushed for 145 yards on 15 attempts and a touch, did have two picks and was only 11-21 on his passing for 125 yards but when he got in the game, he electrified the crowd and just seemed to have an aura of confidence about him and the team and coaches knew from then on that this guy had "it" whatever that was, he would be the guy to finally brake Texas free.

What led was the programs 1st BCS appearance in 2004 in which in one of the greatest performances in college football history Vince almost single handedly put Michigan in the dust, and well you know what happened the year after that. Texas has not lost a bowl game since then, have won 3 of the last four vs. OU, and the national perspective of the program has gone from soft and consummate underachievers to a team feared or at least respected by all.

Now it's Terelle Pryors turn. Buckeye Nation has taken the Horns place as the national ridicule and one can make a compelling argument that it has become almost psychological with the Bucks they certainly have the talent if you look at there success on the recruiting trail..

Sometimes it takes that one Supremely gifted, Freakishly Athletic, Transcendent player who is a nightmarish adversary for opposing defenses who puts a team, coach, community, and reputation on his back..positively infects the locker room, changes the culture, breaks the chains and carries the team to the promise land.

Terelle Pryor... I sware... for orangebloods

like lookin into a mirror.