Terrelle Pryor: Stepping Up and Demanding Excellence
Last season at this time, Terrelle Pryor was coming into a Buckeye locker room expected to sit the bench for most of his freshman season. A lot of people expected for Todd Boeckman to keep his starting role and for Pryor to come in on special packages.
At the beginning of the season that is just what happened, but a USC game in which the gray shirt team leader fell apart against the Trojans, Coach Tressel had to try out his star recruit.
In Pryor’s first start for the Buckeyes, he completed 10 of 16 passes for 139 yards and four touchdown passes which is the most by any Ohio State freshman quarterback.
From then on, Pryor has been taking the first snaps from center and leading the Buckeyes to eight wins and two losses.
He was the Big Ten Freshman Player of the Year, and in the two losses the Buckeyes experienced while he was behind center for the most snaps, they lost by only 10 points.
Coming into this season everyone expects a lot out of Pryor, and he has already shown improvements in gaining weight and doing all he can to be the best he can.
He’s not that freshman quarterback that asked the coach to take him out if he makes too many mistakes, he’s taken on a new role and he has complete confidence in being able to lead this team.
In his practices he expects nothing but the best from himself and from his whole team.
It has been reported that Pryor has been kicking receivers out of the huddle who drop passes, and making this young receiver core respect him as their leader and to follow his commands.
Last season we saw a lot of Pryor blaming himself, but he’s finally reached the point where he can call players out who are not doing their jobs, because he wants players in there who want to win just as badly as he does.
He’s searching for the open receiver, not necessarily the key receiver, on the play which means we should see more tight end and back catches this season.
Pryor is on the Davey O’Brien Watch List which consists of the 33 top quarterbacks in the nation, and he’s also been named the Preseason Big Ten Player of the Year.
It wouldn’t surprise me if Pryor is one of the top finalists for the Heisman this season. I think if he is a key player in the Buckeyes big games like USC, Penn State, and Michigan, he will be a deserving young player as well.
I am looking forward to September 5th just to see how much Pryor has improved from last season, and of course the following week is the big game against USC where we will really see how much of a play maker and game changer Pryor can be.
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