Ohio State's Terrelle Pryor Puts a Finger to the Critic's Lips

Adam HeasleyCorrespondent IJanuary 17, 2010

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01:  Quarterback Terrelle Pryor #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates after the buckeyes 26-17 win in the 96th Rose Bowl game over the Oregon Ducks on January 1, 2010 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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We have all heard it for the last year and a half. Ohio State's Terrelle Pryor is not a pro style quarterback, he's overrated and some have said he's just not that good.

If the 2009 Rose Bowl game against Oregon wasn't enough to silence the critics then I don't know what is. Yes, he's struggled with turning the ball over, not being efficient in the passing game, and not being the leader he should be. Try telling that to Pryor's teammates in the locker room.

Since the Rose Bowl where he went 23-37 for 266 Yards and two touchdowns, I have heard nothing but praise from the media on the sophomore quarterback. And let's not forget he also rushed for 72 yards on 20 carries on his way to becoming Rose Bowl MVP.

Funny how the tide turns after one game. Now that the media has seen what Pryor is capable of when Coach Tressel opens up the playbook for him. He can be a field general, a leader, and more importantly an efficient passer. 

With the 2009 season at a close we look forward to a 2010 season where the skies the limit for Terrelle Pryor and his high powered Ohio St. offense. National Championship? Heisman hopeful? We shall see now with a coach willing to open the playbook and a quarterback that grew up right in front of our eyes.