We all remember watching Vince Young juke by defenders, and throw over defensive backs in his Senior season at Texas in 2005. We also remember him having one of the greatest games in National Championship game history against USC, accounting for over 460 total yards of offense and 3 touchdowns. Could Ohio State's highly recruited Terrelle Pryor become the next Vince Young?
Terrelle Pryor and Vince Young seem to be a lot alike. Both had amazing high school careers, and both were highly recruited. The difference, Young chose Texas and Pryor chose Ohio State. Young's high school career was one of the greatest in Texas history. He compiled over 12,000 total yards of offense. He led his Houston Madison team to the state finals, where he threw for over 400 yards and ran for close to 100.
Pryor had an outstanding high school career, much like Mr. Young. Pryor became the first player in Pennsylvania history to throw for over 4,000 yards and run for over 4,000 yards in a career. He also led his Jeannette Jayhawks to their first ever Pennsylvania PIAA State Championship. Pryor led his Jayhawks to a state record 860 points. His accomplishments include 2 time Pennsylvania Player of the Year, and the MVP of the All American Bowl. Since coming onto the scene at Jeannette, Pryor has drawn comparisons to former Texas quarterback, Vince Young.
The two had very similar success in high school, but will they have similar success in the college ranks? Young red shirted his freshman season, and in 2003 he got his first site of action. He shared time in the pocket with Chance Mock. In 2004, Young burst onto the scene. He led the Longhorns to an 11-1 season, a top 5 ranking, and the schools first ever win and appearance in the Rose Bowl. Young passed for 1,848 yards and ran for 1,189. Young began getting a reputation as a dual threat quarterback.
In 2005 Young would break out and have one of the best seaons in college history. Young would lead his Longhorns to an 13-0 record, and the schools first National Championship since 1970. Young had an amazing game, compiling over 460 yards of total offense and 3 total touchdowns. Young's 9 yard touchdown run with less than 20 seconds left gave the Longhorns the lead, and would prove to be the game winning touchdown. Some said of Young after that game, "He is the greatest quarterback to ever play college football". Young finished the 2005 season with 3,036 passing yards and 1,050 rushing yards.
Young's career as a Longhorn was an amazing one. He posted a 30-2 career record as a starter. His career stats were among the best in school history. Young passed for 6,040 yards (5th all time in UT history), 44 passing touchdowns (4th all time) 3,127 rushing yards (1st among quarterbacks, 7th all time) and 37 rushing touchdowns (tied for 1st among quarterbacks, 5th all time).
Now, Pryor won't redshirt his freshman year like Young did, but it looks like he will play behind senior Todd Boeckman, who passed for 2,379 yards, 25 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions. Pryor will have an advantage over Young by getting to take actual snaps in his true freshman season. It also looks like he won't have to split time with anybody next season like Young did as a sophomore at Texas. Can Pryor have a successful season as a true freshman, behind Boeckman?
Nobody knows if Pryor will have the kind of success in college like Young did. Pryor could be a better version of a Troy Smith, the 2006 Heisman winner and one of the great quarterbacks in Buckeye history. We all know he has the ability to run, like Young, and the arm to throw like Young. Pryor does have a smoother throwing motion than Young. Most said Young's throwing motion would hurt his ability to pass, but the Texas great threw for over 6,000 yards in his career.
Pryor should have a strong career as a Buckeye. The freshman could see snaps this season behind Boeckman. Who knows, what if Boeckman went down? Or had a struggle? Then we would all really see what this highly touted true freshman is really made of.