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Terrelle Pryor

Pryor holding his 2007 Hall Trophy
Ohio State BuckeyesNo. 2
Quarterback Sophomore
Major: Criminal Law
Date of birth: June 20, 1989 (1989-06-20) (age 20)
Place of birth: Jeannette, Pennsylvania
Height: 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) Weight: 240 lb (109 kg)
Career history
High school: Jeannette Senior High School
Jeannette, Pennsylvania
 College(s):
  • Ohio State (2008–present)
Career highlights and awards
Stats at ESPN.com

Terrelle Pryor (born June 20, 1989 in Jeannette, Pennsylvania) is the current starting quarterback for the Ohio State Buckeyes. Considered the most recruited high school football-basketball athlete in southwestern Pennsylvania since Tom Clements[1], Pryor was widely regarded as the nation's top football prospect of 2008, and was named “Junior of the Year” by Rivals.com.[2] Pryor originally hoped to be a two-sport athlete as he was also one of the nation's most heralded high school basketball players, but he has chosen to focus on football.[3]

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High school career

In 2006, Pryor ran a 4.28 forty yard dash and showed he was also a great basketball player by leading the Jayhawks to their first WPIAL Championship in over 20 years, and then on to the Pennsylvania PIAA state championship game, where they lost by 1 point to the #1 ranked class AA Warriors of Wilson Area High School. Wilson lost the Pennsylvania (PIAA) state championship the year before. [4] During the 2007 football season, Pryor and the Jayhawks repeated as champions of the WPIAL. In the Pennsylvania state semi-finals against Wilmington, Terrelle became the first player in Pennsylvania history to run for 4,000 yards and also throw for 4,000 yards. The following week, Pryor led the Jeannette Jayhawks to their first-ever Pennsylvania (PIAA) state championship by defeating the Dunmore Bucks, 49-21.[5] [6] Pryor directed the Jayhawks to score a PA state record 860 points.[7 ] Pryor's accomplishments included being the two-time Pennsylvania player of the year, the offensive player of the year and the MVP of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. [8] [9]

When he played quarterback for the Jeannette Jayhawks in 2005, Terrelle drew numerous comparisons to Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young. [10]

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College recruiting

Pryor was widely considered the top recruit of the Class of 2008. Throughout his high school career, Pryor acquired numerous scholarship offers, initially committing to the hometown University of Pittsburgh to play basketball under Jamie Dixon. However, by his senior year, Pryor's top interests were Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan, and Oregon. Sports Illustrated called Pryor's announcement "the most anticipated in history." [11]

Pryor originally intended to announce his decision on February 6th, National Signing Day, but later changed his mind, stating he still had not decided between Michigan, Ohio State, Oregon, and Penn State.[12 ] [13]

Following the Jeannette basketball team's state championship victory on March 15, Pryor stated he would decide within a week of what school to attend. [14]

On March 19, 2008 Pryor announced at a press conference that he would attend Ohio State University.[15]

Awards and honors

Ohio State

2008

Game Result Comp. Att. Yards perc% Long TD Int Rating Att. Yards Avg. Long TD
Youngstown St. W, 43-0 4 6 35 66.7% 14 0 0 115.66 9 52 5.8 21 1
Ohio W, 26-14 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 37 7.4 23 0
@ USC L, 35-3 7 9 52 77.8% 15 0 0 126.31 11 40 3.6 13 0
Troy W, 28-10 10 16 139 62.5% 39 4 1 205.48 14 66 4.7 18 0
Minnesota W, 34-21 8 13 70 61.5% 22 1 0 132.16 8 97 12.1 38 2
@ Wisconsin W, 20-17 13 19 144 68.4% 27 0 1 121.56 15 20 1.3 11 1
Purdue W, 16-3 10 14 97 71.4% 22 0 0 129.63 14 27 1.9 22 0
@ Michigan St. W, 45-7 7 11 116 63.6% 56 1 0 182.21 12 72 6.0 32 1
Penn St. L, 13-6 16 25 226 64.0% 53 0 1 131.94 9 6 0.7 9 0
@ Northwestern W, 45-10 9 14 197 64.3% 46 3 0 253.20 6 33 5.5 21 0
@ Illinois W, 30-20 6 10 49 60.0% 20 1 0 134.16 13 110 8.5 35 1
Michigan W, 42-7 5 13 120 38.5% 53 2 1 153.39 8 -7 -0.9 8 0
Texas^ L, 24-21 5 13 66 38.5% 21 0 0 81.11 15 78 5.5 26 0
2008 Total 100 165 1,311 60.6% 56 12 4 146.5 139 631 4.5 38 6

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^ Fiesta Bowl

2009

Game Result Comp. Att. Yards perc% Long TD Int Rating Att. Yards Avg. Long TD
Navy W, 31-27 14 21 174 66.7% 38 1 1 142.46 6 30 5.0 11 1
USC L, 18-15 11 25 177 44.0% 56 0 1 113.66 10 36 3.6 17 0
@ Toledo^^ W, 38-0 17 28 262 60.7% 76 3 2 160.39 12 110 9.2 43 1
Illinois W, 30-0 8 13 82 61.5% 19 1 0 139.9 11 59 5.4 23 0
@ Indiana W, 33-14 16 27 159 59.3% 23 3 1 137.99 16 63 3.9 18 1
Wisconsin W, 31-13 5 13 87 38.5% 32 1 1 104.68 10 35 3.5 27 0
@ Purdue L, 26-18 17 31 221 54.8% 40 1 2 112.46 21 34 1.6 35 1
Minnesota W, 38-7 13 25 239 52% 62 2 1 150.7 15 104 6.9 19 1
New Mexico State W, 45-0 11 23 135 47.8% 43 1 0 111.48 9 83 9.2 27 1
@ Penn State W, 24-7 8 17 125 47.1% 62 2 0 111.1 5 50 10.0 24 1
Iowa W, 27-24 (OT) 14 17 93 82.6% 17 0 0 128.31 8 44 3.6 19 0
@ Michigan W, 21-10 9 17 67 52.9% 13 1 1 93.69 19 74 3.9 25 0
Oregon^^^ W, 26-17 23 37 266 62.1% 46 2 1 134.98 20 72 3.6 24 0
2009 Total 166 294 2087 56.5% 76 18 11 128.4 162 794 4.9 43 7
Career 234 422 3,132 55.5% 76 27 13 132.75 281 1,359 4.8 43 13

[20]

^^@ Cleveland Brown Stadium

^^^Rose Bowl

References

  1. ^ White, Mike (2007-08-29). "Jeannette High School's two-sport superstar Terrelle Pryor". post-gazette. http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07241/812755-365.stm. Retrieved 2008-04-16.  
  2. ^ Shurburtt. "Rivals.com Junior All-American". http://www.rivals.com/content.asp?cid=638213. Retrieved 2008-04-16.  
  3. ^ Halley, Jim. "The 2007 All-USA players". http://www.usatoday.com/sports/preps/football/2007-12-26-player-coach-of-the-year_N.htm?loc=interstitialskip. Retrieved 2008-04-17.  
  4. ^ "PennLive.com: State High School Football Rankings". http://www.pennlive.com/hssports/football/patriotnews/index.ssf?/hssports/football/stories/staterankings.html. Retrieved 2008-04-23.  
  5. ^ Piaa.org2
  6. ^ "PIAA Class AA Championship: Pryor leaves his final imprint on high school football in Pennsylvania". http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07350/842098-365.stm. Retrieved 2008-04-23.  
  7. ^ "Top football teams pour on scoring". http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/highschool/football/s_548764.html. Retrieved 2008-04-23.  
  8. ^ "The 2007 All-USA players, coach of the year". http://www.usatoday.com/sports/preps/football/2007-12-26-player-coach-of-the-year_n.htm. Retrieved 2008-04-27.  
  9. ^ "Pennsylvania's Pryor is MVP of All-American Bowl". http://www.usatoday.com/sports/preps/football/2008-01-05-all-american-bowl_N.htm?csp=34. Retrieved 2008-04-27.  
  10. ^ Farrell, Mike. "Top QB of '08 drawing comparisons to Vince Young". http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/players/02/06/top.junior/. Retrieved 2008-04-27.  
  11. ^ "Pryor announcement to be most anticipated in history". http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/writers/stewart_mandel/02/05/recruiting.pryor/?cnn=yes. Retrieved 2008-04-27.  
  12. ^ "Jeannette's Pryor won't sign today". http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/highschool/football/s_551013.html. Retrieved 2008-04-27.  
  13. ^ Farrell, Mike (2008-02-18). "Pryor still likes four, moves toward decision". http://rivals100.rivals.com/content.asp?cid=775796. Retrieved 2008-04-27.  
  14. ^ "Final two: Pryor to announce on Wednesday". http://footballrecruiting.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=786954. Retrieved 2008-04-27.  
  15. ^ Farrell, Mike (2008-03-19). "Pryor picks Ohio State". http://footballrecruiting.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=787763. Retrieved 2008-04-27.  
  16. ^ Lafferty, Tricia (2008-01-05). "Jeannette's Pryor named U.S. Army Player of the Year". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/highschool/s_545999.html. Retrieved 2008-04-16.  
  17. ^ "Meet PARADE's All-America High School Football Team". http://www.parade.com/articles/editions/2008/edition_02-03-2008/All-America.  
  18. ^ a b "Big Ten Announces *2008 Football All-Conference Teams And Individual Honors". http://bigten.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/112408aag.html.  
  19. ^ "2008 Ohio State Buckeyes Terrelle Pryor #2 Passing Game Log". http://www.cfbstats.com. http://www.cfbstats.com/2008/player/518/1017746/passing/gamelog.html. Retrieved 2009-11-08.  
  20. ^ "2009 Ohio State Buckeyes Terrelle Pryor #2". http://www.cfbstats.com/2009/player/518/1017746/passing/gamelog.html. Retrieved 2009-11-09.  

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Chris Galippo
U.S. Army All-American Bowl MVP
2008
Succeeded by
Tajh Boyd/Bryce Brown
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Todd Boeckman
Ohio State Buckeyes
Starting Quarterbacks

2008
Succeeded by
Incumbent

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