All Eyes On Me: Terrelle Pryor Wants Heisman, Respect, and Championship

Mike Pendleton@MP2310Correspondent IAugust 12, 2010

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)
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Every Buckeye has his day.

Some are a little restless on Ohio St. quarterback Terrelle Pryor because he's not delivering to their wants. Two years ago, before he was wearing the scarlet and gray Pryor was the top prospect in the nation and passed up Penn St to become a Buckeye.

While he started 9 out of 13 games as a freshman his role was limited because of Todd Boeckman, who was the veteran senior, he did get to play during the Fiesta Bowl, as both Pryor and Boeckman were on the field for one memorable play. 

With seven minutes left in the fourth quarter of the 2009 Fiesta Bowl, Boeckman was at quarterback, Pryor was at wide receiver. As Boeckman took the snap he looked right at Pryor's direction and as Pryor ran the fade route Boeckman found him for the touchdown.

Ultimately the Buckeyes ended up losing, but college football took notice.


Freshman year:

While he didn't see much time as a freshman quarterback, Pryor was able to complete 60% of his passes while throwing for 1,311 yards, 12 touchdowns and only four interceptions.

The man who was soon going to be the Buckeyes star was showing signs as a freshman. The main attribute of Pryor was not only could he throw the ball, but he could run.


Sophomore year:

The job was finally his.

Starting all season for the Buckeyes, Pryor completed 57 percent of his passes for 2,094 yards and 18 touchdowns passing, and added seven rushing touchdowns as well.

While Pryor and the Buckeyes lost the super matchup against USC, they did wind up beating surprising Oregon in the Rose Bowl.


Not sweet enough:

While the Rose Bowl is always a nice game to play in, it's not the National Championship game.

The Buckeyes have all the makings of a national championship team:Depth at skilled positions, a great defense with an anchor (Cameron Heyward) a great coaching staff and a very skilled quarterback.

The Buckeyes are ranked in almost everyone's top-five poll, as they should be.


Think Vince Young, but better.

While Pryor is one of the most athletically gifted college football players in the nation, there have been times when he has thought with his feet instead of his brain.

Pryor injured his knee late last season, and while he didn't miss much time he was able to throw the ball, and from the coaches' aspect that was a better thing for the Buckeyes. If Pryor can become as dominant with his arm as he is with his feet, the nation better watch out.


Heisman bound?

Pryor has not always been the most flashiest player or most outspoken, but then again neither was the 2009 Heisman trophy winner, Mark Ingram from Alabama.

Pryor has all the makings of a Heisman candidate and in the fans' eyes if he doesn't get the Heisman he's underperforming.


National Champion bound? 

With 14 returning starters on offense and defense, the Buckeyes kept a solid core. With Pryor's favorite target in DeVier Posey returning the Buckeyes look like the team to beat right after last year's champion Alabama.

If Pryor can play up to Heisman level, the Buckeyes have National Championship potential.


Draft Stock?

While it's uncertain when Pryor will leave for the draft, the spot he would be taken is also unclear.

The most NFL-ready quarterback is Jake Locker out of Washington University, and if Pryor wants his name mentioned at the top with Locker than he better outperform his expectations. If Pryor can do all of that he will put himself at the top of draft boards.


If Pryor can do everything mentioned in this article the Buckeyes will be the top team in college football this season. When you are at the top, you don't have to worry about respect, the Heisman, or the National Championship because it just comes easy.

Ask the 2009-10 Alabama Crimson Tide how that feels.


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