Ohio State's Terrelle Pryor on Gruden's QB Camp: "I'm a 6 out of 10"

Martha CoppCorrespondent IJuly 1, 2011

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 04:  (M) Quarterback Terrelle Pryor #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes is helped off the field by a member of the Buckeyes support team after the Buckeyes 31-26 victory against the Arkansas Razorbacks during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Louisiana Superdome on January 4, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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And so he finally speaks.

Weeks after Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor announced that he's leaving the team to pursue the NFL supplemental draft, ESPN's Jon Gruden interview with him aired on June 30 during a one-hour special of Gruden's QB Camp

During the interview, Pryor discussed his playing ability, the school fight song and the rivalry against Michigan.

"You are hot and cold. There are one or two plays where I’m going, 'What’s he doing?'" Gruden said to Pryor. 

When asked to rate his performance in the red zone, Pryor responded that he was a 6 out of 10. He attributed this rating to taking a few too many sacks and committing some turnovers. 

Pryor, however, wasn't shy about his career aspirations. "My main goal is to one day make it to Canton, Ohio and the Hall of Fame," he said.

When Gruden broached the topic of the NFL, he discussed the idea of using Pryor as a receiver in the Wildcat formation. While Pryor wasn't completely opposed to the idea, he still believed that he could make a good quarterback. 

"I can't blame you, but I'm still going to try out for the quarterback spot."

Pryor also talked about the rivalry with Michigan, citing coach Jim Tressel as a big influence. "Coach Tressel put that imprint in our mind. We don't lose to Michigan. We hate Michigan. Every single day we talked about Michigan. I'm proud to say I didn't lose to Michigan."

Pryor continued to field questions from Gruden reasonably well, though a few did seemed to shake him slightly, including a question about the school's song, "Carmen Ohio." Pryor admitted that he didn't know all of the words, that he "sometimes forgot."

After every home game, the players and coaches gather on the field and sing the university's school song. 

Gruden ended the interview by advising Pryor to work on keeping the ball secure and making better decisions.

"I think he's got a chance to be an excellent football player," Gruden concluded.