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On Tuesday, Terrelle Pryor announced that he would forego his senior season at Ohio State and pursue a career in professional football. The announcement came just eight days after head coach Jim Tressel resigned due to his inability to report his knowledge of OSU players receiving improper benefits. With many new allegations surrounding Pryor following Tressel's resignation - including a report that the quarterback made up to $40,000 in exchange for signing memorabilia during 2009-2010 - it seems like the Jeannette native may be the main reason why "the Vest" will no longer be seen on the sidelines of Ohio Stadium.
Pryor was to be suspended the first five games of the upcoming college football season for accepting improper benefits. The recent allegations likely would have made him ineligible the rest of the year. Leaving was a no-brainer; especially considering the fact that the majority of his teammates who did not violate NCAA rules no longer desired him in the locker room.
As the Buckeyes' starter, Pryor had an impressive 31-4 record. Improving over his three years under center, Pryor became one of the nation's best quarterbacks. The 2010 Rose Bowl MVP had greatly improved as a pocket passer, enough so to at least draw the attention of NFL scouts. Going into his senior season, Pryor likely would have been the Heisman front-runner.
As he now looks for somewhere to play next year, Pryor remains focused on the NFL. However, he has apparently drawn the attention of a league across the border; the northern one. The Saskatchewan Roughriders have extended Pryor an offer to play for them next year in the CFL. Joining the three-time Grey Cup champions is an enticing thought, but not for the star quarterback of one of the nation's best teams.
Terrelle Pryor is accustomed to dominating Big Ten opponents in front of 100,000 + in Columbus. Now he's supposed to settle for a second-rate professional league? He may not be a surefire first-rounder. But, Pryor is easily worth a mid to late-round pick in North America's best football league. Sure, he's not the prototypical Peyton Manning, but he did win 31 of the 35 games he started; not to mention the fact that he played in one of the toughest conferences in the nation.
If there is a supplemental draft, Pryor will likely be taken in the later rounds. Whichever team drafts the former Buckeye will view him as a project. Although many believe Pryor will eventually find his niche as a Brad Smith-type wide receiver, why not give him a shot at quarterback? Are either Tim Tebow or Cam Newton really that much better under center than Pryor?
Of course, the NFL lockout makes the situation even more difficult for the former OSU superstar. With limited team workouts this offseason, a coach will be less willing to waste valuable reps on a "project" such as Terrelle Pryor. That being said, I still believe that Pryor will make an NFL roster this offseason.
CFL? UFL? No. Terrelle Pryor belongs in the National Football League.
Posted on: March 7, 2011 11:53 pm
Going into their Feb. 12 matchup with Wisconsin, Ohio State was a perfect 11-0 in the Big Ten and 24-0 overall. With the leadership of seniors Jon Diebler, David Lighty and junior William Buford coupled with the talent of freshman sensation Jared Sullinger, the Buckeyes seemed poised to claim their first undefeated record in school history as well as the undisputed number one overall seed in the NCAA tournament.
Behind a Jordan Taylor-led rally, Wisconsin erased a large second half deficit to rally for a huge 71-67 win at the Kohl Center. What made this even worse was the fact that Wisconsin had derailed Jim Tressel's hopes for an undefeated season about four months earlier.
Three days later, Buford scored 23 points in a convincing home win over Michigan State; a prelude to Ohio State's upcoming matchup with conference rival Purdue. Thad Matta's crew were again undone on the road, losing 76-63. E'Twaun Moore gave the Boilermakers 38 points. This was the Buckeyes' second loss in three games - two losses against some of the best competition in the country.
Before their season finale against the Badgers, the red and white cakewalked through three conference games, defeating Illinois (89-70), Indiana (82-61), and Penn State (82-61). As evidenced by the scores, the Bucks had no trouble; Sunday's rematch wasn't much different.
Diebler, Lighty, and Dallas Lauderdale were determined to avoid disappointment on their honorary senior day. Ohio State showed the Badgers that their previous matchup was a fluke, beating Bo Ryan's experienced group convincingly (93-65). After missing his first three point attempt, Diebler, better known as "3-bler", hit his next seven, finishing with 27 points. His hot hand was infectious: the Bucks made 14 of 15 3-pointers, setting NCAA division 1 records in percentage (93.3%) and streak (14 in a row). Although he didn't contribute to the frenzy beyond the arc, Sullinger contributed with 22 points and eight rebounds. The freshman accused a Wisconsin fan of spitting in his face on Feb. 12 and said that he wanted to bead the Badgers by 50. His team came pretty close.
The Buckeyes will enjoy an easy ride to the finals of the Big Ten tournament, their possible opponents as follows: #9 Minnesota, #8 Northwestern, #4 Michigan, #5 Illinois. Ohio State will be a number one seed when brackets are released this Sunday, notwithstanding their performance in the Big Ten tournament.
With the number one ranking in the coaches' poll firmly in hand, the Buckeyes are peaking at the right time. They say that their is no dominant team in college basketball this season, and rightly so. But, the Ohio State Buckeyes are the closest thing to a dominant team in this year's NCAA tournament field. I foresee a plethora of tournament brackets with "OSU" printed on the single line in the middle of the page.