Terrelle Pryor Leaves Ohio State, What's His Next Move?

James BrownSenior Analyst IJune 7, 2011

Terrelle Pryor Leaves Ohio State, What's His Next Move?

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    COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 12:  Terrelle Pryor #2 and head coach Jim Tressel of the Ohio State Buckeyes look on from the sidelines during their game against the USC Trojans at Ohio Stadium on September 12, 2009 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Ge
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    It was reported today that quarterback Terrelle Pryor will not return for his senior season at Ohio State.

    Cleveland Plain-Dealer's Doug Lesmerises broke the story via twitter, which comes as no shock to anyone considering the turmoil surrounding the school.

    If Pryor would have returned to Ohio State, he would have been suspended for the first five games so by leaving early he is not missing out on much.

Returning Not an Option

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    COLUMBUS, OH - MARCH 30:  Head Coach Jim Tressel speaks to the media during a press conference before the start of Spring practices at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center at The Ohio State University on March 30, 2011 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/
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    A few weeks ago Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel stepped down amid allegations that his players received improper benefits.

    Pryor is one of the players in question and now with the investigation focused on the mobile quarterback, it seemed like only a matter of time before he made this announcement.

    Pryor has not had a press conference to announce his reasons for leaving and he has not made his future plans clear.

    Unfortunately for Pryor with the NFL draft completed, his options are limited.

Head North Young Man

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    COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 18:  Terrelle Pryor #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes runs with the ball against the Ohio Bobcats at Ohio Stadium on September 18, 2010 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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    Pryor could always head north to play in the Canadian Football League.

    Some of the best players in the NFL have played in Canada at one time or another, and it would be a good proving ground for the young quarterback.

    If he has some success north of the border, it could pave a path to the NFL and a big paycheck.

NFL a Long Shot?

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    STATE COLLEGE, PA - NOVEMBER 7: Quarterback Terrelle Pryor #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes rolls out to pass during a game against the Penn State Nittany Lions on November 7, 2009 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. Ohio State won 24-7. (Photo
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    Pryor could hire a personal trainer and stay in shape and hope for a waiver that would allow him to be selected in the supplemental NFL draft.

    With the current state of the NFL, this could be a problem.

    The NFL may not have a 2011 season and if they do it could start late and that could cancel any plans for a supplemental draft.

    The NFL is always in the market for quarterbacks and although he may not make it at the next level, teams will take a look at him.

Game Over?

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    PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01:  Defensive tackle Blake Ferras #90 of the Oregon Ducks sacks quarterback Terrelle Pryor #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes during the 96th Rose Bowl game on January 1, 2010 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty
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    With limited options, Pryor could walk away from football.

    Walking away from the game seems like the most unlikely move for Pryor.

    Right now his legacy is tainted and succeeding in the NFL would allow him to forget about his past. Pryor has a big uphill climb and will have to work hard to make it to the next level to prove his critics wrong.

Buckeye No More

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    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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    With a pending NCAA investigation and the world seemingly against him, Pryor will have his work cut out for him.

    His immediate future is uncertain, but there is one thing that is very clear, Terrelle Pryor is no longer a Buckeye.

    James Brown is a B/R Featured Columnist. Feel free to contact James at jtsneaks@gmail.com.