Ohio State-Michigan Position Preview: Quarterback

Buckeye CommentarySenior Analyst INovember 19, 2008

In a tireless tradition of neglecting our friends, family, and jobs during Michigan Week, Buckeye Commentary is breaking down the impactful positions and aspects of the game. We start with the most important position on the field. Stay tuned for the rest of the goodness.



It’s a good thing quarterbacks don’t go head to head, because this could be the biggest mismatch in this year’s Ohio State-Michigan game. With Steven Threet supposedly out with a shoulder injury, backup/sometimes starter Nick Sheridan will be starting for the Wolverines. Nick Sheridan. Nick Sheridan.

In all honesty, he might as well be going up against Tom Brady, because he doesn’t have [censored] on Terrelle Pryor.

Starters: Pryor vs. Sheridan

Name one facet of the game where you would take Sheridan over Pryor. Sheridan’s mom wouldn’t even have an answer. We know that Terrelle Pryor is bigger, faster, stronger, smarter, more experienced, more accurate, and the list goes on. Nick Sheridan is the anti-Terrelle Pryor, and that’s not a good thing.

Every time Rich Rodriguez blinks, he’s picturing Terrelle Pryor running his offense and how his first season would have been much different.

While it may seem like all you have to do is play under Jim Tressel and you have the top passer rating in the Big Ten, Terrelle has been good in tough environments and has only one loss under his belt as a starter.

Backups: Todd Boeckman vs. uh, Carlos Brown, Justin Feagin, any running back?

For as goofy and unproductive as Steven Threet has been this season, he’s the best (or shall I say least worst) option Michigan has. He’s out. Shoulder injuries make it hard for QBs.

We all know Rich Rodriguez would rather have a running back as QB anyway, so how about Carlos Brown or QB recruit turned running back Justin Feagin? Feagin has yet to throw a pass in collegiate football, which doesn’t bode well if you are wearing yellow (!) and blue. Even Colt McCoy couldn’t overcome the Buckeyes in 2006.

Todd Boeckman easily gives you an easy advantage because he can throw the ball downfield. While he may make Michigan-level mistakes, Boeckman coming in the game would spark an even stronger fire in the seniors.