Is Terrelle Pryor The Right Choice To Win Now?

Andy SteinContributor INovember 9, 2008

Jim Tressel made it very clear against Troy that Terrelle Pryor is his quarterback to win now.  Boeckman started the season as the clear No. 1 and played well.  In the Youngstown State game Pryor came into the game frequently and lived up to his hype. 

Boeckman, however, still had over 100 yards passing while playing only a third of the entire game.  Against Ohio University neither quarterback played well, as the game was won on the punt return of Ray Small.  Against the outstanding and high flying Southern Cal Trojans Boeckman led the team down the field for the first score of the game. 

After that drive Boeckman would lose his role as starter and leader which he had fulfilled so well.

Pryor has been great for a 19 year old.  However, while his athletic ability is great, his passing ability is in question.  Maybe Tressel is merely building for the years to come.  Maybe Pryor reminds people of a young Troy Smith.  Maybe when somebody looks at the stats they can say that Pryor doesn't throw interceptions, meaning he doesn't make mistakes.  None of these notions have any factual grounding.

Pryor is no Troy Smith, no matter which way you slice it.  Yes, he is mobile.  However, he relies on that mobility to get the job done.  Smith used his mobility only when he was forced to run.  Pryor is not yet able to sit in the pocket and pick apart a defense the way Smith could do. 

With recievers like Robiskie, Hartline, Small, Posey, Sanzenbacher, Nicol, and Ballard that job should be easy.  Not only that but a healthy Beanie Wells is much more of a threat to set up a playaction than Pittman or Ross were for Smith.  Pryor, right now, is no Troy Smith.

Tressel can't build for years to come with the roster that he brings to the games week in and week out.  The only remaining players next year will be Pryor, Harren, Sane, and maybe some recievers.  This is the year to take advantage of all those seniors who returned despite the possibility of being high draft picks.  That is not a way to thank Laurenitis, Freeman, Jenkins, and whomever else came back for their final year.

Pryor makes mistakes, even if they are not in the form of interceptions.  This is because Pryor only throws the ball eleven or twelve times in a game.  Pryor gets sacked a lot.  These sacks are bad not only because of the stat itself, but because Pryor tries to scramble and make something happen only to lose even more yardage.  This brings to mind the old quarterback Stanley Jackson.

Boeckman may not be the athlete Pryor brings to the table, but he wins games.  Pryor may be the quarterback of the future, but not of the present.