Fast-forward again, to 2009. Terrelle Pryor was named Big-Ten Player of the Year before the season started (can we say overrated?), and the highly ranked Buckeyes were ready to dominate during the season. The superstar would get revenge on USC for what they did the year before, and he would become the second sophomore to win the Heisman (Bradford was a redshirt, and doesn't count). Clearly, the Buckeyes would make it to Pasadena and play in the National Championship, and they would beat whomever (hopefully Florida) they found there.
Of course, this didn’t pan out like it was planned. Instead, the Buckeyes lost a close one to USC, and they almost lost to Navy. The season started to look better, as the Buckeyes shut out Toledo and Illinois, back-to-back. Pryor looked to be gaining some composure, though he was still making mistakes. Purdue, however, decided that it was time to show the Buckeyes that their winning ways were over.
Now that the Buckeyes lost a game to Purdue, and have debuted at #19 on the BCS initial standings, what is next for Ohio State. If you look at the fan blogs, as well as the comments on the site of the local paper, it is clear that the fans want Jim Tressel to be fired. Never mind that has the highest win percentage of any OSU coach (well, any that has coached for more than a year), or that he keeps on beating Michigan, or that he has five Big Ten Titles – nope, he must go.
Me, on the other hand, I wonder why we don’t just let Pryor go. I mean, face it, Tressel is a great coach, and the kid just plain sucks.
Pryor is clearly one of those quarterbacks who were overrated when he came into college. He has talent, and lots of it, but he just can not use it. The kid doesn’t run at the right time, doesn’t throw well, and he looks down his receiver. That might have worked back in high school, when he was playing against a bunch of tiny towns and small programs, but it doesn’t work at college, especially not at a nationally ranked school. He also has a lack of judgment, which the Michael Vick incident clearly exemplifies. To make it worse, he has fumbled the ball 12 times (5 for turnovers) and thrown eight interceptions (on only 10 touchdown passes). Clearly, this kid is not that great.