Prima Donna - definition: a vain person who finds it difficult to work as part of a team. I'd say that's about right. The only thing Terrelle Pryor wants out of his time at OSU is to try to become the best pro prospect he can be. As a life-long Buckeye fan, he can't leave soon enough for me.
Why do I feel this way? Well, I guess it all started in the LA Coliseum during his freshman year. Jim Tressel pulled Todd Boeckman, the returning Big 10 Offensive Player of the Year, and thus the Terrelle Pryor era began. The heck with the hard work and waiting for his chance to play that Boeckman endured. To heck with the 2008 season and Brian Robiskie who returned for his Senior year. It was decided to sacrifice the 2008 season so that Pryor could be ready for a 2009 title run.
So my animosity should be spread out to include Jim Tressel and it is, but Troy Smith and Boeckman are proof that Tressel's offense can work. The senior years of Boeckman, Robiskie, Brian Hartline and James Laurinaitis were less important than improving the play of the "Pennsylvania Prima Donna", in my mind the "Pennsylvania Punk". Uh, Jim, the numbers show that it didn't work.
Some names come to mind when watching Pryor on the field. Vince Young is often mentioned. I see Randall Cunningham, with a lot less touch. In leading the Buckeyes to victory over Oregon, so much praise for Pryor's performance is unfounded. It was only a close game because Pryor literally "floats" the ball because he has no touch.
Elusive yes, great runner no. When will Terrelle realize he ain't in high school anymore? Half ass, that is his running style, half ass. Commentators say that he doesn't look like he's running fast because he takes long strides. I say he doesn't look like he's running fast because there is a 300 lb defensive lineman tackling him from behind. You can get by with that crap in high school, but Division 1 football is full of guys as fast as he is. Robert Smith and Eddie George were both fast players with a long stride.
Is Tressel's play calling conservative or is he limited by Pryor's inability to learn the playbook? Just by watching on TV, they're dumbing down the playbook to one side of the field. When a player has the natural ability and physical atributes that Pryor has, sometimes it is harder for those players to get better. I'm not saying he won't get better, but he's had 2 full years to absorb the playbook and he hasn't yet.
Like I said before, I'm a life-long Buckeye fan and I want them to win a national championship every year. The Buckeyes will never win it all with the "Pennsylvania Punk" at the helm because he will never be a team player.
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