Terrelle Pryor: The Dream Becomes Reality

Buckeye CommentarySenior Analyst IAugust 22, 2009

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 05:  Terrelle Pryor #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Game against the Texas Longhorns  on January 5, 2009 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
It's all happening.

It's all happening.

The great majority of Ohio State fans and observersand national observers, for that matterare expecting Terrelle Pryor to an order of magnitude better than his baptism-by-fire freshman season.  While there are those that have lower expectations and reasonable doubts regarding his reported eye-popping 40 time, it seems the masses are going to have their dreams turn into reality.  

At least, Jim Tressel seems to believe they will.

“It’s like he’s two different people right now,” Tressel told Columbus radio station WBNS FM/97.1 on Friday. This was the coach’s first interview since the Buckeyes started hitting in practice this week. “He’s the same athlete he was, maybe then some, but he’s 10 times the quarterback he was.”

I admit, as Pryor and the rest of his teammates take the field today for the jersey scrimmage, I have expectations for Pryor’s performance this fall that evoke Vince Young, circa 2004.  

Is that unfair?  Probably, because he doesn't play in the system and is not surrounded by the same cast, but I do expect a breakthrough performance akin to Young’s.

And, I do not seem to be alone.  Doug Lesmerises’ piece indicates that the coaches, players, and even Pryor himself, believe progress has been made and big things are merely days away.