Limiting Terrelle Pryor’s Media Access: Certainly in Ohio State’s Best Interest

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When you’re named Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year not once, but twice and yet still uninvited to Big Ten Media Day on both occasions, it really says something about your University’s interest in having you talk with the press.

Such is the case with Ohio State Buckeyes QB Terrelle Pryor.

And despite all the substantial efforts by Ohio State marketing and public relations professionals to limit Pryor’s access and/or augment his public persona, he’s still getting as much publicity from his verbal gaffes as he is from his play on the college football field.

By Paul M. Banks

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Terrelle Pryor – Championship Quarterback?

There’s a question that has hung over the 2010 Ohio State Buckeyes like a yellow cloud since April. The question is still fraught with significance in late October as the team prepares for another back alley brawl with the Wisconsin Badgers. Reporters spring the question on every member of the Ohio State football program: Jim Tressel, Dane Sanzenbacher, Brandon Saine, Cameron Heyward, Devin Barclay. After the games or on media day, no one is spared the question, “How do feel about the development of Terrelle Pryor as a quarterback?”

By Hans Hetrick

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#2 Ohio State-Illinois: the Brutally Honest Game Preview

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The last three times Illinois beat Ohio State: 2007, 2001, 1999, it was in Columbus. For some reason, the Illini play the Buckeyes much better in the Buckeye state than they do at home. The last time they beat Ohio State in Champaign, Vanilla Ice and MC Hammer were at the peak of their popularity.

Whenever Illinois is having a good season, they seem to beat the Buckeyes, as they have a 9-11 record against
OSU dating back to 1988. Only Michigan has more victories over Ohio State during the span, posting an 11-10-1
record.

However, this year is not a (as 50 Cent would say) “Champagne Campaign.

There is one thing Illinois can claim over #2 OSU- a character on the ABC sitcom “Modern Family” wore a Juice Williams jersey for an entire episode last season. So until Courtney Cox rocks a kid size Terrelle Pryor jersey on “Cougar Town”- advantage Illini.

By Paul M. Banks

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Buckeyes DeVier Posey: Terrelle Pryor’s Favorite Target

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Ohio State quarterback and Heisman candidate Terrelle Pryor has said he’s looking for junior wideout Devier Posey one-on-one, and every time he sees that matchup, he’s taking it.

“He’s grown a lot, he sees matchups, he sees coverages and he goes to his best options,” the 6-2, 213 pound receiver from Cincinnati said about his QB, and his targeting on him.

“So we talk about it: don’t have your mind made up in the huddle. And he’s taking that, absorbing that and becoming better at it and reading on the run,” Posey continued.

By Paul M. Banks

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Terrelle Pryor Reflects on Marshall, Prepares for Miami (Video)

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Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor took another step forward in his career development Thursday night. As bad as he and his Buckeyes made Marshall look a couple days ago, the Thundering Herd were a bowl team last year, and are projected again by many to be in a bowl game this year.

So it wasn’t like they were playing the Greendale Community College Human Beings in their season opener. You fans of the NBC sitcom “Community” will dig that reference, for those who didn’t get the allusion, yes the fictional college actually has a football team with a “Human Beings” mascot.

Anyway, the real test comes this week against Miami (“It’s all about the U!”), and Pryor talked about it.

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Terrelle Pryor playing at a near Heisman Level

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Two of the last three times that Ohio State played for the national title (2002 with Craig Krenzel and 2007 with Todd Boeckman) they had a “game manager” as their quarterback. Game manager is a euphemism for mediocre signal caller; a field general who won’t win games for you, but he also won’t lose any.

In the third instance, 2006, they had a Heisman trophy center under in Troy Smith. In 2010, Adam Rittenberg of ESPN listed Smith as the “Big Ten player of the decade.”

Smith may have been the best of the three OSU QBs, but in that title game loss, a 41-14 destruction at the hands of St. Tebow’s Florida Gators, Smith completed just four of 14 passes for 35 yards, and had an interception, a fumble, and he was sacked 5 times.

The Buckeyes current QB, Terrelle Pryor, has the potential to succeed where Smith failed and become a much more complete quarterback than all the Ohio State QBs in the Jim Tressel era. Yes, Pryor should be better than Smith. But he’s not there yet.

By Paul M. Banks

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