I actually already did a short piece on this exact topic back a couple months ago, but with the season now complete for the Buckeyes, I thought the stats and general similarities of each players' sophomore seasons, were worth a second look.
The comparisons between the two were inevitable—but physical attributes and sick, almost freakish athletic ability aside—I believe that Terrelle Pryor and Vince Young could both go down as two of the best quarterbacks that college football has ever seen.
Of course, Young is already in that club. Pryor's reservation is pending, and whether or not he ever ascends to that level of greatness remains to be seen for now.
Young's 2005 season was statistically outstanding, and capping it off by nearly single-handedly beating USC to win the BCS Championship secured Young's place in history as a college football legend, and certainly one of the best to ever play.
While Pryor is not a legend as of yet, he could very well be on his way to achieving such status. He didn't hurt his chances any on 1/1/2010 by leading the Buckeyes to the 2010 Rose Bowl Championship over high-powered and No. 7 ranked Oregon.
If you disagree with the comparison, or aren't sure one way or the other, perhaps a closer look at the two will help you with your conundrum.
Young started 25 games for Texas in his second and third years in the program as a redshirt sophomore and junior in 2004 and 2005.
Pryor, to date, has had 22 career starts at Ohio State—nine as a true freshman in 2008, and 13 in his just completed sophomore season.
Texas went an amazing 24-1 with Young at quarterback, including the 13-0 title season of 2005. Pryor is 19-3 as a starter for the Buckeyes.
I get the feeling that not everyone believes that Pryor's stats measure up to Young's. I'm not sure if it's just bias against Pryor or Ohio State, or if they are just forming their opinion without the facts.
Fact finding can be a time-consuming, and sometimes bothersome chore, so allow me to do the work and make it simple for you.
Here's what Vince then did statistically the following season as a junior:
In addition to the stats, Young was second in the Heisman voting in 2005, and as I mentioned above, he single-handedly led Texas to the BCS Championship in the Rose Bowl over heavily favored USC.
I'm not saying, suggesting, or guaranteeing that Terrelle Pryor will be at or near the top of the 2010 Heisman voting, or that he will put up numbers that are close to, or exceed those of Youngs'.
Nor am I predicting the Buckeyes will win the 2010 BCS Championship—but I am saying that, depending on how the 2010 recruiting class shakes out between now and signing day, and what we see in the Spring game, all of those things could happen.
Is it September yet?