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Terrelle Pryor could dominate, prefers winning

Posted on: December 9, 2010 12:20 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Terrelle Pryor hasn't made much of a secret of the fact he's felt a bit disrespected this season.  He started the season as a Heisman contender, but quickly fell off the radar thanks to guys like fellow quarterbacks Cam Newton, Andrew Luck and Kellen Moore.  Heck, Pryor wasn't even named to the Big Ten All Conference teams, instead being passed over for guys like Denard Robinson, Scott Tolzien and Dan Persa.  Which was something he's already voiced his displeasure over via Twitter.

It's obvious that this all bothers Pryor, whether he wants to admit it or not, because it seems like every chance he gets to tell somebody that he's better he takes it.  This time Pryor was talking to the Chicago Tribune when the topic of those other quarterbacks came up, and he made sure to point out that if he was in a different type of offense than the one they run at Ohio State, he'd be dominating college football.

"I'll put it like this: You put me in any of their offenses — any of them — and I'd dominate," Pryor said. "I'd dominate the nation. What those guys do, that's what they're supposed to do in their offense.

"They carry the ball 30 times a game. I carry the ball maybe five times. There are times I didn't even run the ball in a game. You put me in any of their offenses, where I can run the ball and have a choice to throw, I would dominate college football."

This is where I point out to Pryor that he could have been in one of those offenses had he chose to.  After all, he was being recruited at Michigan too, but chose Ohio State.  Which Pryor is fully aware of, but at the end of the day he makes sure to point out that while he may not receive all the accolades that the others do, there's only one thing he really cares about.

"People get into the statistical thing, and at the end of the day, what's the statistic that really matters?" Pryor said.

"We could have done better, but I'm 30-4. I want nothing else but to win. If I was having a lot of stats and I was losing, I would really be kind of mad. My competitive nature wants just to win, by any means. By any means, win. That's all I really care about, to tell you the truth, man."

Which is nice to hear, but it's obviously not the whole truth.  I'm sure Pryor cares a lot about winning, but if it's the only thing he cares about, why is he spending so much time complaining about everything else?

Since: Apr 29, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2010 1:30 pm

Terrelle Pryor could dominate, prefers winning

Without a doubt Pryor will be a better Pro than any other QB in D-1 minus Luck.  He's been groomed in a semipro-style offense and is the most prepared to make the transition.  It's true system QB's get all the rewards and accolades in CFB but they're never picked high in a draft for a reason (unless your Alex Smith and you see how that turned out).  See what happens when the pocket collapses Cam Newton can't outrun NFL Linebackers, panicks and throws a pick.   While Pryor's first instinct will be to pass. 

Since: Oct 11, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2010 1:30 pm

Terrelle Pryor could dominate, prefers winning

Terrelle Pryor is the biggest self-entitled crybaby in college sports. Every game that his team loses is "just a bad day, they're not really better than us."
He's forgetting that there are PLENTY of athletes put into offenses like the spread and don't do "what they're supposed to do in their offense." Why is he dreaming about being in a spread offense when he went with a traditional offense school?
Pryor, if if's and but's were candy and nuts.... well you get the picture. If I played football, I'd be the star NFL receiver making millions right now. Quit your selfish whining, kid.

Since: Nov 17, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2010 1:27 pm

Terrelle Pryor could dominate, prefers winning

I think Pryor is probably right - if he operated in a system that was built around one person he probably would dominate.  When he does get loose and operate in space, he looks a lot like Cam Newton, just without all the controversy.  I'll bet most Buckeye fans would rather have what they have - a quality program, a quality coach, and a team that is more than one superstar - instead of what Auburn or Michigan have - lame teams that would be barely .500 without their star player.  I also think he makes some good points about team mentality, winning versus pumping his stats, and the kind of offense he's in.  But you can't have it both have a great team and a great program because of Tressel and how he coaches and schemes.  If I was a Buckeye fan, I'd be pretty happy with Tressel and Pryor, even though flash in the pan, one year wonders like Denard Robinson and Cam Newton get all the glory, Pryor's record of 30-4 speaks for itself. 

Since: Oct 12, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2010 1:01 pm

Terrelle Pryor could dominate, prefers winning

The amazing thing is that Terrelle Pryor has to mention this instead of a journalist mentioning it.  In the offense Malzahn has, which resmbles a modified wishbone, Newton functions as a running back/quarterback.  The difference is that when James gets the ball, he is running.  When Newton has the ball, defenders do not know if it is a pass or run, yet.  It is in this moment of hesitation, when Newton does his two-steps-and-lunge, resulting in his seven yard pickups.  In Newton's defense, he has improved as a passer as the season wore on.

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