Terrelle Pryor had arguably his best game as an Ohio State Quarterback this past Saturday against the Hoosiers of Indiana. Pryor completed 24 of 30 passes for 334 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions.
Anyone who watched Pryor play Saturday saw a true quarterback who was comfortable throwing the ball from the pocket. Followers of Pryor have seen a complete transition from Pryor, who for most of his freshman and sophomore years never truly looked smooth throwing from the pocket. Pryor would often get happy feet and scramble outside and try to make throws off the run, which is where he ran into a lot of his interceptions in previous seasons.
Pryor's QB rating of 170.47 is by far the best of his career, up from 128.91 last year. Pryor's throwing numbers have continued to improve across the board, with Pryor completing 68% of his passes this year, only completing 56% last year. Pryor's 15 touchdown passes through his first 6 games is only three less then he threw during the entire 2009 season.
Don't get me wrong, Pryor is so dangerous because of what he can do with his feet, and being able to take off and run the ball for a touchdown on any given play is a great threat that Pryor will always have in his back pocket. But it is truly nice to see Pryor able to stand in the pocket, check down on his receivers and make plays with just his arm, not relying on his feet to make the big plays.
Pryor still has plenty of growing to do, mainly with his short passes (ten yards and shorter) where he sometimes has trouble with throwing accurate passes. Pryor has developed a very accurate deep ball, as was evident Saturday, and once he develops better finesse on his shorter throws he will be even harder to contain.
Pryor's arm will be on display in Prime Time this weekend when the #1 ranked Buckeyes travel to Camp Randall Stadium to take on the 18th ranked Badgers.