Terrelle Pryor's HS Coach: 'I See a Robot'

↵So this happened last Saturday: ↵

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↵Four turnovers, one touchdown before things got out of hand, loss to ↵1-5 Purdue, extensive feature in This ↵Week In Schadenfreude, official end of Terrelle Pryor as ↵"Lebron In Cleats" and start of Pryor as "Darko In ↵Cleats." ESPN's Joe Schad thought this might be a good time to call ↵up Pryor's high school coach and get a couple of dry-white-toast ↵quotes like: ↵

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↵⇥"They've put the reins on him and they need to let him go free. ↵⇥When I watch Terrelle play right now, I see a robot." ↵⇥

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↵... and ... ↵

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↵⇥"There is no question that Rich Rodriguez's offense, for ↵⇥example, would be more apt to suit Terrelle's skills," [Ray] Reitz ↵⇥said. ↵
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↵...which don't really say -- ↵

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↵Wha? He said that? Wow. Reitz confirms the Ohio State ↵recruiting pitch to Pryor: come to Ohio State and we will mold you into ↵an NFL quarterback like ... um ... Bobby Hoying. Go to Michigan or Penn ↵State and they'll just have you run around willy-nilly, never learning ↵anything and dooming yourself to the life of a second-round draft pick ↵in a cool, innovative offense.* ↵

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↵It's that pitch that gave Ohio State its man, and that pitch that's ↵doomed their man. Pryor has one focus, the NFL, and wins can be damned ↵if they don't come in a way that pleases Jerry Jones. As a result, Ohio ↵State didn't ↵even bother to roll out their 6-6 wonder-tank of a QB against ↵USC and has been struggling along with a true sophomore with the ↵mechanics of an eighth-grader when they should be treating him like ↵Denard Robinson after a power mushroom. You know, if they were trying to ↵win football games instead of have a guy hold up a jersey with a one on ↵it. ↵

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↵The thing is: even if Ohio State wants to change gears and start ↵running a spread 'n' shred, or something closer to it, they might not be ↵able to. Ohio State's linemen are huge, ponderous lurches ill-suited to ↵the zone stretch stuff that's the bread and butter play of the zone ↵read. The tailbacks are not the one-cut zippers that do well there. And ↵Pryor's wasted a year and a half learning other stuff. Any transition ↵would be long and painful, as Michigan fans found out when Ryan Mallett ↵bolted for Arkansas a year ago. This uneasy marriage of player and ↵scheme can either continue or be replaced by a rickety, improvised ↵secondary scheme that the coaches at Ohio State are unfamiliar with. ↵

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↵As far as "you suck, go to the bench" guy above: Pryor's ↵hype aura destroyed all other options. Pryor arrived and drove his two ↵backups to I-AA. No other QB would consent to come in with him that ↵year. And Ohio State missed out on a half-dozen guys the year after, ↵failing to acquire Tajh Boyd and then getting rejected by Miami (Not ↵That Miami) and Temple (!!!) commitments before scooping up a who-dat ↵two-star guy from Texas who was pondering whether to go to Baylor or ↵Kansas State. The only other option is a minor-league ↵baseball refugee who's a walk-on. It's Pryor or nothing. ↵

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↵* (Fun fact: Pat White was drafted 44th overall by Miami. The last ↵time an Ohio State QB went higher than that was 1982, when Art ↵Schlichter was the No. 4 overall pick.) ↵

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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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