Pryor to Running Back? OSU Offense Looks Shaky In Scrimmage

Mark GainerContributor IAugust 23, 2009

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 05:  Terrelle Pryor #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Game against the Texas Longhorns  on January 5, 2009 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

According to sources, Terrelle Pryor and the OSU offense looked a bit shaky in the annual Jersey scrimmage at Ohio Stadium Saturday.  Running the offense against the mock Navy defense (since Ohio State opens with the Midshipmen on September 5), coaches and spectators both have to be feeling a bit apprehensive about the progress Pryor has made.

Unlike last year, where there was a quarterback debate, Pryor is the man this season.  A big question mark remains: how well can he throw the football?  Many have said that he looks to be more impressive this year in the pocket; however, after watching a recent practice, I have to admit that he did very little with the first team offense that impressed me. 

It may be somewhat controversial, but why not consider using Joe Bauserman as the starting quarterback, and using Pryor as a running back, wide receiver, or occasional quarterback, giving Ohio State multiple weapons on offense?   I heard one radio talk show host say that right now, Pryor may be one of the top five running backs in the country if he were to start today.  It may be a consideration as none of the current running backs have stepped up in practice.

A lot of questions remain for the sixth-ranked Buckeyes, favored by many to win the Big Ten.