I’ve been too occupied with NFL action to even reflect on the college football weekend. Aside from my Buffs and their depressing (further) plunge into irrelevancy following a loss to the Rockets, one thing stood out for me from this weekend’s slate of games. Actually, one player. Terrelle Pryor.
So what about Terrelle Pryor, you might ask? Waiting for the big insight into the Jeannette, PA product who was so larger-than-life coming out of high school that he had his own action figure? Sorry, it’s not coming. Actually, I’ve just got one simple question. What is Terrelle Pryor exactly? The answer might be just as simple. The problem is that I’ve got no idea one way or another.
After watching Pryor numerous times, I’m not anywhere closer to coming to any sort of definitive opinion of the player. At times last year, as he played as a freshman, I was like many other scouts and commentrators. I watched him at his best, and Vince Young at Texas immediately sprung to mind. A bit lanky, a tad elusive, Pryor seemed to glide and there was enough touch on his passes to make you think this kid had a chance to be the total package. He had that sneaky speed was sneaky the arm to throw the deep ball.
Then, there was the Pryor of Saturday night against USC. Now, again the explanation might be simple. Pryor is a sophomore. USC is no slouch. Their defense could have a lot to do with his throws falling short and a seeming lack of poise at times (while his freshman counterpart Matt Barkley looked like another pro in the making in SC’s system despite a hostile environment). The other answer is that Terrelle’s physical talents (though ample) might not translate into a gifted, potential one-day NFL prospect-type quartback. I’m leaning towards the latter.
In fact, the closer I looked, the less Pryor looked to be all he’s been cracked up to be. Not only didn’t Pryor appear to be a “passer,” he didn’t even look like a thrower. The motion is ugly, the accuracy is not there and the mid-range throw appeared absent. Sure, he can loft a nice rainbow down the sidelines, but what about a dart down the middle to a tight end or a deep out? I ask those who know, what is Terrelle Pryor exactly?
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