Last Saturday, the Purdue Boilermakers (2-5) embarrassed the Ohio State Buckeyes (5-2) during a 26-16 upset. Ohio State, who had been relying on their strong defense all season, just were out played, and plain beaten up, by the meek, and little, Boilermakers. This was not only an embarrassment to the team, but an embarrassment to all Ohio State fans. The reason for this embarrassment is one player, a guy who turned the ball over four times, though he tried to twice more, #2, Terrelle Pryor.
After being manhandled in the BCS National Championship for the second year in a row, this time by LSU (which I attended, much to my disgust), OSU was on the search for a good backup quarterback. Troy Smith, winner of the 2006 Heisman Trophy, had left and their current starter, Todd Boeckman, who was a first team Big-Ten player, was starting his final year. The Buckeyes needed a good backup, and somebody who would be amazing when he started.
Looking to the east, Coach Jim Tressel found his backup in a young athlete from Pennsylvania. Terrelle Pryor was playing for Jeannette Senior High School, and was considered the best nationwide recruit of his class. The kid could run, pass, and score. It looked like Pryor would be a Godsend, and that all of OSU’s troubles would soon be over. With Pryor at the reigns, there would be Heismans, National Championships, and everything that a true OSU fan would desire. #11 signed with the Buckeyes, became #2, and the new era was upon us.
Fast-forward a year, when OSU is playing USC out in California. The Buckeyes are decimated, and leave the state with a 35-3 loss hanging over their heads. Boeckman had been sacked countless times, and the offense just stagnated. A week later, the Buckeyes took to the field, and #2 was leading the offense (apparently, I was one of the few students opposed to this idea). The new era had started, and Pryor was holding the reins.
With Pryor at the helm, the Buckeyes were looking decent. Well, the team was looking decent; Pryor was somewhat struggling. The kid fumbled the ball, threw many picks, and had bad judgment. He simply didn’t seem to understand the game at this level, and it was clearly a problem for him. Of course, he was a freshman, so we Buckeye fans were able to forgive him.