It is often said that behind every good man there is a great woman.
How much more can be said about a good team’s quarterback?
When Jim Tressel took the head coaching job at Ohio State, Buckeyes fans were still reeling at previous coach John Cooper’s two win—ten loss record against bitter rival Michigan.
For Buckeye fans, this kind of record was absolutely unacceptable. Every Buckeye fan knows, a season is only successful if it includes a victory over the Wolverines.
As a rookie coach, Tressel needed to put a team together capable of accomplishing this goal. He needed to develop the guys Cooper left behind while enhancing his roster with fresh talent.
Unfortunately, Tressel found himself in a tough spot when it came to the quarterback position. It is common for a coach to be heavily scrutinized by his selection of quarterbacks. This scrutiny, however, was doubled in Tressel’s case because of fans’ undying affection for former quarterback Joe Germaine. Tressel needed someone capable of filling Germaine's shoes.
He did that and more.
In his customary successful manner, Tressel provided Ohio State fans with an array of talented quarterbacks who have led the Buckeyes to multiple national title games and Big Ten Championships.
The following is a list of these great QBs that puts Heisman hopeful Terrelle Pryor’s impressive numbers in perspective.
According to this list, a Pryor-kind of performance at QB is much more the norm rather than the exception to the rule.