Pryor sees progress as Ohio State’s QB

Published 4:31 am Thursday, October 8, 2009

COLUMBUS — Terrelle Pryor believes he is making progress as a quarterback, and if given a chance would again wear Michael Vick’s name in his eyeblack.

‘‘Being a Buckeye is fun, man,’’ Pryor said after Wednesday’s practice.

The Ohio State sophomore, the nation’s top quarterback recruit two years ago, had seldom been permitted to speak with reporters except at media day in August or for a short time after each game. An assistant coach sat next to him as he answered questions for 13 1/2 minutes Wednesday.

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A prototypical double-threat quarterback in the mold of Texas’ Vince Young, Pryor has played well after an erratic game on Sept. 12, an 18-15 loss to Southern California.

The 6-foot-6, 235-pounder had a career-best 372 yards in a 38-0 win over Toledo two weeks ago, then ran for 63 yards and a score and passed for 166 more yards and three touchdowns in last Saturday’s 33-14 win at Indiana.

‘‘I can hold my own at the quarterback position,’’ he said. ‘‘I’m not saying I’m the greatest, I’m not saying I’m bad. But I feel I can hold my own and I feel I can get the receivers the ball and I can take the team down the field. I feel confident in doing that.’’

One common complaint about the 20-year-old quarterback’s play is that he is inconsistent.

Asked what it means when he hears that people are looking for more consistency from him, he said, ‘‘I don’t know. It’s an opinion question and I guess maybe throw (for) 300 (yards) and run (for) 150 or 200 yards. I don’t know.’’

He comes into Saturday’s home game against unbeaten Wisconsin completing 58 percent of his passes for 861 yards and eight touchdowns. He is also the Buckeyes’ leading rusher with 298 yards, four more than tailback Brandon Saine.

‘‘The maturation process has been exceptional (for Pryor),’’ quarterbacks coach Nick Siciliano said. ‘‘Going from the freshman year to his sophomore year has been incredible, just from a growing-up standpoint. That happens with a lot of kids. Because you know when they get here to Ohio State, their eyes are wide open and it’s a bunch of new experiences for them. He’s done a tremendous job from the learning curve and a maturity standpoint — it’s been unbelievable.’’