Now let's travel to Columbus to put a young talent under the microscope.
Who says you can't get by on looks alone? As a true freshman Pryor skated his way out of trouble time after time -- running sweeps better than true halfbacks. When he did throw, it was almost like watching a wounded duck try to fly; his wobbled stance and flapping sidearm delivered off-target spirals, that ballooned across the middle.
While Pryor's natural size, speed, and elusiveness will continue to feature prominently in the Buckeye playbook, it is essential that he evolve as a passer in his Sophomore season. Particularly, throwing on the run.
- Security/Ball Placement (A): Pryor keeps his non-throwing hand flush with the football up until the time of the release, and tucks the ball down on roll outs.
- Retreat Speed (A-): Terrelle is quick on the drop, although (not surprisingly) most of his fallbacks are short, quick slants.
- Footwork (B-): Pryor's steps are dicey. He chops at the turf rather than pushing off of it.
- The Fake (B+): Pryor puts his hands out and leans into the back, appropriately selling the handoff. Pulls back a little too quick, so the effect is short lived.
- Adaptation (A): Pryor's mobility helps him to gracefully evade the pass rush, although he sometimes collapses when his primary and secondary receivers get jammed on call backs.
- Survey (A-): Pryor benefits from his height in this category. He keeps his head up and out, although, he doesn't appear to scan much after the snap.
- Stance (B-): Pryor's stance is too narrow. His leading foot is barely in front of his back foot, making him vulnerable to a tackle, and limiting his power.
- Step (C+): This is one of Terrelle's greatest challenges. He only steps on deliberate long-balls. Otherwise, he shifts his foot -- relying on his upper and not his lower body to contribute momentum to the pass.
- Wrist/Throw (B-/B+): In 2008, Pryor lifted the ball up in a U shape motion before flicking his wrist, an "extra" step that appeared to decrease the forward energy that was transferred to the ball. Spring game footage shows a more fluid transition and better release. Hence, the range of scores.
Big Ten Report Card: