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OSU teammate on young Pryor: 'He was kind of a punk'

This offseason, Terrelle Pryor has, by all accounts, dedicated himself to both his honing his craft on the field and becoming a better teammate off of it.  It seems such dedication couldn’t have come at a better time for a quarterback whose name will appear in most all of the preseason Heisman watch lists.  And who will be in charge of a team with national title aspirations.

Prior to this year, there were rumblings that Pryor wasn’t exactly a favorite of some/many of his Buckeye teammates, that he was too standoffish and felt above the mere three- and four-star mortals kneeling below him.  

Linebacker Tyler Moeller confirmed as much on Tuesday during a session with the media.  But, Moeller was also quick to point out that Pryor has become a markedly changed young man since those early days.

“I think when he (Pryor) first got here, I don’t think too many people liked him, really,” Moeller said according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “He was kind of a punk. But now I have the utmost respect for him. He’s a great player and a great leader and I’d follow him into battle any day.”

While not exactly copping to the “punk” part, Pryor did admit recently that his opinion of himself was a bit too high for a good stretch of his time with the Buckeyes.

I think I was a little arrogant, to tell the truth,” Pryor said this past weekend. “You think about it and I came in as a junior in high school and everybody was praising me, everyone was being around me and everybody was telling me how I great I am. It can be kind of … you lose your humbleness. And [now] I feel humble. I feel very humble, very appreciative.”

Will that translate into wins and a trip to Glendale at season’s end?  Who ultimately knows, but it certainly can’t hurt for a team’s most potent offensive weapon at the most important position on the field to know his teammates will have his back.  And vice versa.

(Tip o’ The Hat: Orlando Sentinel Blog)

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  1. BrownsTown says: Aug 11, 2010 4:34 PM

    All of the analysts who said that Tressel wasn’t schooling Pryor had better be accountable to their words this year. While I don’t see Pryor winning the Heisman (Blitz has already awarded it to Brantley), I see him taking a big step forward this year.

  2. moolah954 says: Aug 11, 2010 4:48 PM

    hes going to get blasted in week 2

  3. BuckeyeChuck says: Aug 11, 2010 5:30 PM

    If the Buckeyes go 12-0 to earn a spot in Glendale, Pryor will be a Heisman finalist. There is a lot of pressure on him this year. This tOSU alum *expects* this team to run the table and play for a title.

  4. Arizona Buckeye says: Aug 11, 2010 6:16 PM

    The game against the Canes will most certainly make or break his Heisman chances right out of the box! If he has a great game, he will be the front runner immediately and it will be his to lose. If he has a bad game, it will put him in a huge hole that may be hard to climb out of.
    Personally – I think this is his year and he starts out right where he left off against Oregon – only better. He has been doing nothing since that game but lifting weights, getting in better shape, studying film, and working on his reads and throwing mechanics. He is stronger and faster than last year. He will be even more of a defensive nightmare than he was last year! I can’t wait until the season starts.

  5. smokehouse says: Aug 11, 2010 6:44 PM

    As usual, the Buckeyes suck.

  6. SoFlaTrojan says: Aug 11, 2010 8:12 PM

    Can someone please go to Terrelle Prior’s Wikipedia page and explain to me the first sentence about his high school career? I did realize they test for this in PA.

  7. SoFlaTrojan says: Aug 11, 2010 8:13 PM

    Nevermind they fixed it

  8. dillbilly says: Aug 11, 2010 8:27 PM

    “As usual, the Buckeyes suck.”
    Surely you have a higher IQ or better command of language. Is that the absolute best insult you can hurl? Looks something like “loser’s fatigue” may be affecting you.
    I think someone needs their blankie….and a widdle nap.

  9. Coach says: Aug 11, 2010 8:30 PM

    Once again, the Buckeyes are overrated – as is Pryor. They, and he, have yet to win consistently against good teams. Pryor was overhyped coming out of high school and will never win the Heisman and he will be a fourth or fifth rounder, at best, in the NFL draft.

  10. Coach says: Aug 11, 2010 8:49 PM

    To Arizona Buckeye and BuckeyeChuck :
    You guys are living in fantasy land , again – your beloved buckeyes are overrated and are guaranteed another season of high expectations with dissappointing results.

  11. BrownsTown says: Aug 11, 2010 11:18 PM

    Coach,
    That prognostication is based on what? Sure, OSU has lost some big games, but they’ve also won some big games. They return most of their players this year. I will give you that Pryor’s play is the difference between a “good” year of 10-2 and a “great” year of 11-1 or 12-0.
    But I’m not sure how you can judge a group of players that have had nothing to do with past losses to UF, LSU and, to some extent, USC. And if your problem is coaching, Tressel has a winning record in BCS bowl games.
    I’m not crowning them anything, but on the same token, I don’t see how you’re eliminating a team before a snap has taken place. For all we know, Boise St takes it all this year.

  12. blitz4848 says: Aug 12, 2010 11:43 AM

    For all those Buckeye fans:
    Losing to Miami in game #2 at home at the Shoe will bring them back to reality.
    The pressure will then be amped up! Can they win at Ames & Madison or does their season go down in flames.
    This very well could be a 3 loss team & that would be hard to swallow with all the hype over the fact that this Buckeye squad returned most of their key players…………..
    All is not lost–3 losses will get them a nice sunny trip to the “GATOR” bowl in Jax.

  13. Arizona Buckeye says: Aug 12, 2010 1:31 PM

    @ Coach – please. Overrated? I doubt it. They finish in or near the top just about every year. They’ve lost a few big games but have also won a bunch of big games. But thanks for your uneducated opinion. I would suggest you take a moment to review the actual win/loss record and the teams they’ve played in the last 10 – 20 years.
    Blitz – They’ve beaten Iowa and Wisc in their home fields many times but they do pose some big time challenges. Both teams are pissed off from the last game and are looking for payback. I don’t agree with your 3 loss season but the game against Miami will most certainly set the table for the rest of the season.

  14. cbfan says: Aug 12, 2010 4:52 PM

    Bucks will set the tone for the season by soundly beating Miami.

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