Terrelle 'Atlas' Pryor: Are We Putting Too Much Pressure on Him?

Jimmy ZhuCorrespondent IApril 2, 2010

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 12:  Terrelle Pryor #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes leaves the field after losing 18-15 to the Southern California Trojans on September 12, 2009 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Every Buckeye fan is in love with Terrelle Pryor right now. I can firmly attest to that.

But with this new infatuation - which is not unfounded - has come a new set of expectations.

At this time last year, most Buckeye fans were trying to forget the should-have-but-didn't season that culminated in a heart - breaking loss to Texas. Pryor was touted as a Heisman candidate by some, but nobody truly believed he would win it. Heck, nobody even thought the Bucks would beat SC.

Sad thing is, the critics were right.

This year, we're still hot off of a Rose Bowl win, and Terrelle Pryor is the savior, the face and the future of Buckeye nation. Many believe he has a legitimate shot at the Heisman, as well as a shot at the BCS Championship.


With that in mind, does the Bowl win really change everything? Was the quarterback we saw in Pasadena really Terrelle Pryor? My heart tells me yes, but many are quick to point out the infamous debacle in West Lafayette.

I will never forget that day, nor will I ever forget January 1st, 2010. Both are indicators of exactly what Pryor has become. He has become a good quarterback, but he has also become the focal point of the Buckeye world.

Everything he does is and will be scrutinized heavily, by the media and by the fans.

But are we putting too much pressure on him?

Yes, I know, he was the number one rated recruit when he left high school. Yes, he has failed to perform consistently at a high level. Yes, he seems to forget how to talk when the camera is pointed at him.

But we forget that he's only two years removed from high school. Maturity does not come overnight, for football or for life. The only thing we can trust in is his work ethic. Pryor hates to lose almost as much as he loves to win.

Monumental change is the product of small differences over a long period of time.

We've seen the small differences. I just think we haven't given Pryor enough time just yet.

I think we should ease up on Terrelle Pryor a little. Sadly, I know that won't happen. The man has become everything for Buckeye Nation, but football is played with eleven men.

I hope Pryor has been hitting the workouts hard this offseason, because the weight on his back is about to get even bigger.