Third Time's a Charm: Terrelle Pryor—Next Sophomore Heisman Winner

Michael Cline@mclinedSenior Analyst IMay 1, 2009

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 22:  Quarterback Terrelle Pryor #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes moves to pass the ball against Obinna Ezeh #45 of the Michigan Wolverines during the Big Ten Conference game at Ohio Stadium on November 22, 2008 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Tim Tebow is more than a great quarterback. He's a trend-setter.

Before Tebow came around, no sophomore had ever won the Heisman Trophy, now including Sam Bradford, two sophomore's have won the trophy in consecutive years.

And with the arrival of Terrelle Pryor on the college football scene, one has to ask; "could it happen again?"

Pryor, since obtaining the starting quarterback position at Ohio State University last season, has sent shock-waves across every conference.

He is a phenomenal player, and when you watch him play you know you're watching something special.

He's been described as having the "it" factor—the one thing that separates not only good players from great players, but great players from Hall of Fame players. 

Everyone will agree that Pryor has something special, but not all would say that he is as skilled at the quarterback spot as Tim Tebow or Sam Bradford.

His throwing mechanics were that of an eighth grader learning his fundamentals from his Biddy Football coach. It was almost hard to watch.

But on the flip side, watching him scramble from the pocket and zip down the field without a lick of effort was like watching your mom spread peanut butter on Wonder Bread; smooth and effortless.

Video Play Button
Videos you might like

After a couple of gut-wrenching losses in his first starting season (USC doesn't count, he didn't start), Terrelle Pryor has had the opportunity to face defeat in the eyes and either bow, or stand up and learn from his err.

The best players we remember are those who stood in the sorrow of defeat only to come back and grab the reigns of victory by simply seeing their shortcomings and fixing them.

If Pryor has indeed learned from his mistakes, the Big Ten, and the rest of the nation better be prepared to see this young man in New York City for the Heisman Trophy presentation.

Last weekend, during Ohio State's Scarlet and Gray game, Pryor gave the record-breaking 95,000 fans a glimpse of what he's been working on in the offseason.

I mentioned his throwing mechanics, and according to our own Kristofer Green, who attended the game: "There was no sign of the awkward, shotput-like throwing motion he sometimes displayed last season."

Terrelle Pryor is a winner, and losing the games that were lost last season really took a toll on his player personality. He owned up to the losses, even going as far as to say that they were entirely his fault.

As a fan, that's one thing I love to hear.

I love to hear the star taking responsibility. To stand up and say to his teammates that he understands his weaknesses and is making strides to make them his strengths.

One year ago, Pryor was a high school senior in Jeanette, PA, probably preparing for his senior prom. This year he's working with the best coaches college has to offer, who are trying to mold him into the best quarterback ever to pass through Columbus, OH.

You can take your money to Vegas and bet that he'll be much improved from last season.

Will Pryor improve enough to be standing with the likes of Tim Tebow and Sam Bradford?

Will he make it a 'three-peat' of sophomore Heisman winners?

There are plenty of games to be played, passes to be thrown, and options to be run. It's a bit premature to be talking about Heisman hopefuls, but the question remains.

Pryor has all the hype a player could hope for. Let's sit back and see if he can live up to it this fall.

slash iconYour sports. Delivered.

Enjoy our content? Join our newsletter to get the latest in sports news delivered straight to your inbox!