Pryor's HS coach:
"They need Terrelle to run more," former Jeannette (Pa.) High School coach Ray Reitz said. "They've put the reins on him and they need to let him go free. When I watch Terrelle play right now, I see a robot."Damn. That's some words right there. Nothing like twisting the knife after you stab every tOSU fan right in the heart.
"All I know is they promised him that they would teach him a pro-style system with both a shotgun and under center," Reitz said. "Jim Tressel is a great coach and he's been running his offense successfully for 30 years. But I'd like to see some zone-read plays where with one mistake [by the defense], he can be gone. With some zone-read plays, they wouldn't be able to take away all the outside runs because he'd be a threat to go between the tackles."
"There is no question that Rich Rodriguez's offense, for example, would be more apt to suit Terrelle's skills," Reitz said. "But Ohio State sold him on the idea that they would prepare him for the NFL and that they don't run 'zone-read' in the NFL. Jim Tressel is a great coach. But I can tell you there is more to Terrelle Pryor than what we've been seeing."
tOSU teammate DeVier Posey:
"From his first pass, [people said] he's really not that good. But I really feel that's kind of hard for a guy like that, you know what I mean? There's only one Tim Tebow in this world and I don't really know what people want from [Pryor]," Posey said. "He's going to get better. He really can't do much worse."Sounds to me that Mr. Incredible has some ways to go before he's proven to be the great one that every tOSU fan has crowned him as since the minute he stepped foot on campus.
"I feel like he's going to get better, he's going to be a great player. It's going to happen in time," Posey said, explaining he believes Pryor is further along than Ohio State Heisman winner Troy Smith or ex-Texas QB Vince Young were at the same stage. "And I just feel like if people are patient, and he's patient [he'll be great]. ... He's not going to be great tomorrow. But if he works on it, eventually in a year or two, or even maybe by the end of this year, he'll be a great player."
It sounds funny, but maybe Pryor picking tOSU is a blessing for the Michigan program. Right now, there's no question I'd rather have the Forcier/Robinson combo than putting all of our eggs into the Pryor basket.
I don't blame tOSU fans for being so quick to hype him up. If Pryor picks Michigan last year instead of tOSU, I'm sure I would have been just as quick to do so. But the simple fact is, he didn't pick Michigan. He picked our biggest rival. And that gives me the license to laugh and make fun of every INT he throws.
So, in light of being just shy of a complete bust, Pryor sat down with LeBron James when he was in town last night for a pre-season game in Columbus against the Boston Celtic.
"[I'm] trying to mentor him and get him through 'life in the spotlight,' which I've been through,"Even Shaq (Shaq!?) for crying out loud weighed in on the woes of Pryor's sucky sophomore season.
"Being that No. 1 guy, how do you adjust to it and how do you get through it and still perform at a high level?" James said. "Sometimes it can be very difficult on [a young athlete]. I'm trying to be that guy who can really help him get through a lot of situations which he's never seen before but now he's seeing and understanding."
"I just want to tell the quarterback to keep his head up. I saw that they're getting on him the last two games. Keep your head up, young man, and try to get this football team back on track."Give me a break.
We've been on efforting with the Vatican to get the Pope's words of encouragement for the embattled poor little QB. We'll keep you informed as to the latest developments.
Golden Boy speaks:
Terrelle actually spoke to media (see: answered lob-ball questions) after practice yesterday and addressed his former coach and all the allegations surrounding him and his lack of ability to thrive in the tOSU offense: