Terrelle Pryor and OSU Are No Joke

Jimmy ZhuCorrespondent ISeptember 19, 2009

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 12:  Quarterback Terrelle Pryor #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks to pass in the third quarter of the game against the USC Trojans at Ohio Stadium on September 12, 2009 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

I knew that Pryor would never succeed in Jim Tressel's ball - controlling "Tressel Ball" system if he was never given some free reign.


This Saturday, Pryor did great. You can argue otherwise, but the fact is, he shredded Toledo's defense (although most people did predict that way ahead of time). Sure 17 of 28 for 262 yards, 3 TDs and 2 INTs aren't the best numbers in the world, but they are his career best. His 110 yards rushing and a TD on 12 carries is also worth mentioning. He totaled 372 offense from those numbers and accounted for 24 points.

Currently his 2009 stat projections (based on the Navy, USC and Toledo games) are:

2452 yds on 57.13% completion, 16 TDs

704 rushing yds, 8 TDs

Not bad eh? At this rate, he'll be close to last year's Daryll Clark, probably better (as that USC game took down his stats a bit, he won't be facing a defense like that any time soon).


I'm glad the Buckeyes showed that explosiveness that they have lacked for a long time. Maybe they're finally opening the playbook, or maybe Pryor is just taking advantage of what he's given more and more. Either way, Ohio State definitely has an offense again.