Pryor Should Help Ohio State This Year

Apparently “Super Recruit” Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor will be ripping off his redshirt to compete and share time with Senior quarterback Todd Boeckman according to an article in USA Today.

You may remember that Pryor is the player that I waxed poetically about last Fall after I saw him single-handedly lead Jeannette High School to the Pennsylvania Class AA Championship in Hershey. Now it is time for the nation’s #1 freshman to take his act against the big boys of the BIG Ten.  I am sure that Pryor will be used in a rotation similar to the way Tim Tebow provided a change of pace to Chris Leak during the Buckeyes 2006 National Championship run.

If Pryor’s former high school numbers (finished his decorated career with 4,250 career yards rushing and 4,249 yards passing, becoming the only player in Pennsylvania history to eclipse the 4,000-yard barrier in both areas with a 30-2 record) are any indication he should fit in well with the Buckeyes National Championship dreams. 

Boeckman has been humble even during the onslaught of “V.Y model number PA2007” questions since Pryor’s signing and his anticipated role on the team.  But the tough senior leader he welcomes the competion and said of the challenge from the incoming freshman, “I want him to push me, I want him to make me a better quarterback, a better player and a better team leader.”

To me I think that competition from Pryor can only help Boeckman and the Buckeye’s program, especially after faltering against speedy LSU in the National Championship game last year.  Pryor brings a multitude of skills including speed and a strong understanding of the spread offense, so I fully expect him to be the BIG Ten conference’s newcomer of the year.  The transitioin from high school hotshot to college backup quarterback may have some bumps in the road, but look for the 6’6, 220 pound quarterback to rise to the occasion.

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