Terrelle Pryor Vying for NFL Starting Spot

By DJ Byrnes on July 28, 2013 at 11:35a

Above you will find interviews at Raiders camp from Charles Woodson, DJ Hayden, and Terrelle Pryor (he comes on at the 10:26 mark.) Obviously this is just one interview, but it appears wallowing in anonymity in the Bay Area for a few years have done some good things for Mr. Pryor, who now finds himself openly competing for the starting job against backup wunderkind Matt Flynn.

By all accounts, Pryor possesses the physical tools to start, it's just a matter of putting it all together:

With Jim Tressel allowed to return for last year's Michigan game and already being back within Buckeye fans good graces (12-0 probably had a lot to do with that), hopefully fans can learn to accept T-Peezy2 back as well.


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Becool12's picture

I wish him the best. He is a very talented player and athlete. He will always be one of my favorite Buckeyes despite his selfish and regrettable actions

UrbanCulture's picture

I'm rooting for him! Once a Buckeye always a Buckeye.

cajunbuckeye's picture

I'd really like to see him win the starting job. Give em hell in Oakland, TP.

An angry fan...rooting for an angry team...led by angry coaches

buckguyfan1's picture

Seize the moment TP, life only gives you so many opportunities. 

BuckeyeLurker0509's picture

I'm going to the Raiders game on September 15th, after we stomp on the Golden Bears.
Hopefully Pryor goes berserk on em...

steensn's picture

Rooting for him!

741's picture

Good interview. I'd like to see him succeed.

larzdapunk's picture

Even back when he was at OSU, the mental part seemed to be where he was lacking.  Hopefully for his sake he has found a way to put it all together. 

Poison nuts's picture

I think he has every bit as much skill & ability as some of the more recent NFL dual threat type QB's...always been a fan & I'll be rooting for him big time. 

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

ryanosu03's picture

2010 Rose Bowl is on BTN now.  He was really fun to watch, able to break a play at any time.

brandonbauer87's picture

When I stop hearing tattoo jokes I'll start rooting for him. That goes for the whole tat 5. 

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

(12-0 probably had a lot to do with that), 

I'm pretty sure most of us fans would have cheered for JT even if Ohio State hadn't finished undefeated.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

sb97's picture

Agreed.  Tress did a ton of good for the University and left the football program in pretty good shape despite one train wreck of a season.

Edincostarica's picture

I hope Pryor does well but Oakland as whole will not do very good this year.


razrback16's picture

Always will think of that 31-4 record as our starting QB when I think of him, as well as that Rose Bowl domination over Oregon. Hopefully he'll do well.

Hovenaut's picture

All good, go get 'em Buckeye.

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Pryor was a great Buckeye player.  Yes, he made some mistakes.  I'm sure he would have done some things differently.  I think most of us can look back on situations in our lives and wish we would have done something a little differently.  I still support Pryor as a Buckeye and look forward to the day that he is welcomed back.  He did a lot of great things at OSU on the teams that he played with.  Those teams' record against TTUN and winning the Rose and Sugar bowl were some of the best OSU years in the past decade. 
Keep fighting for that starting QB spot Pryor!  I'm one Buckeye who is pulling for you!
Go Bucks!!

Buckeye Beast's picture

I never disowned him. I don't know why anyone would. These things happen so often all over college football, it's no big deal to me.

Even Squirrels hate Michigan

Mi.Buckeye's picture

I agree. These kids are young and should be broke. If you give any student/athlete who has tattoos an opportunity for a "free tattoo", 9 out of 10 are going to take it. Tattoos aren't cheap. I'm not saying the decisions he made were great, just most kids would do it as well.

Iwearmocs's picture

The expectations here were ridiculous for him. Other then tatgate, he had an incredibly successful career here, but before he even stepped on campus people were talking about multiple national titles, and at least one heisman. Best of luck to him in the nfl, but I'm doubtful he really has the skills to succeed at qb.

NC_Buckeye's picture

McGloin is also competing for that starting job as well, isn't he? I'd like to see him get the job just to be able to troll Penn Staters with the fact.

Idaho Helga's picture

I'm no McGloin expert, but Pryor>>>>>McGloin unless some football fairy dropped magic dust McGloin's way.

NC_Buckeye's picture

I meant Pryor get the job so I could troll some Penn State fans about the QB that BOB "transformed".  ;-)

Goalscorer9's picture

"wee wee wee" all the way home!

OhioValley10's picture

He helped us beat an SEC team whether they like to admit it ever happened or not! That alone makes me love the kid! One of my all-time favorites. 

AndyVance's picture

Pryor was an outstanding athlete who made some really, really dumb mistakes off the field. A stand-out career in the NFL (that we all know he's capable of, given the opportunity and some guidance) might help bring some closure to the whole Tatgate scandal. For those who still want to burn him in effigy, it's time to build a bridge and get on over it.

NYCBuckeye's picture

Once a Buckeye, always a Buckeye.
3-0 against Michigan, helped get the SEC monkey off our back (screw the wins being "vacated" I enjoyed every minute of those games and the NCAA can't take that away)
He was an incredibly hard worker, did nothing illegal, and left the university before throwing it under the bus. If we are willing to root for MoC (as I am), we should root for TP, especially considering he's the only Buckeye QB currently in the NFL. Wishing nothing but the best for him

Idaho Helga's picture

Looking back, on a personal level, tat gate was a good thing for TP.  Hear me out.
Terrell since junior high was put on a pedestal.  That's not good for any kid, much less one missing a father in the house.  Tat gate brought a lot of what I'm sure is a lifetime of regret and some recently shown humility to Pryor.  Through his actions, a lot of other people he cares about were deeply hurt.   Dreams of a national championship and/or a Heisman gone.   I haven't heard any cocky comments from him since tat gate.
He is now where he had always hoped to be.  QB in the NFL.  I think the past few years might have done a world of good for him as a person and I wish him well.  If the dumbest thing your kid does at college is what he did, you'd be fine with that.  Tressel covering for the tat five is what the shit storm was really about.
Listening to him since he went into the NFL, I like him far better as a person than I did during his glory days at tOSU.   I always thought he was a little arrogant and entitled but I appreciated his obvious talent so, meh, he's our guy.  Now I can honestly say I like him.

smith5568's picture

Couldn't be happier to see his success. I can't really add anything to what everyone else has said. 

Nkohl13's picture

I cant blame him for what happened. He was one of five players that got themselves suspended for five games. That was the extent of what he did.

ScarletNGrey01's picture

I believe in second chances and redemption and wish him no ill will BUT in light of the damage Pryor did to the program and the university I really don't care how he does in the pros.  Yes the NCAA overreacted, but his lack of integrity along with a couple of other knuckleheads really hurt our reputation.  A shame, he was a heck of a college QB and was poised to have a special senior season IMHO.

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

luckynutz's picture

my only point of contention with pryor was how he tucked tail and ran when the storm hit. While I was none too pleased with herron, posey and adams...they at least manned up, took their medicine and stuck it out. Posey lost his whole senior season basically. And had braxton hit him in the 4th quarter of the TSUN game when he had gotten loose behind the secondary, that would have been the ultimate redemption in that moment. But we aren't discussing them. We are discussing TP.

I can't forget all the good things he did for our football team. All the WOW! Moments he provided. And the 3 wins against TSUN. Wish him nothing but the best in the future. It would be foolish and irresponsible not to be grateful for the 3 years he gave us in the scarlet and gray. The kid was cocky, immature and irresponsible with his actions off the field. But on it...he gave us one hell of a run as our QB. Hope he has learned from his past and can mend fences and rebuild the bridges he burned on his way out of town. He deserves to be recognized for his contributions to the program as a player. The young man was a buckeye, is a buckeye and always will be a buckeye.

vitaminB's picture

I never stopped loving TP.  I hope Matt Flynn loses another starting job in camp.  I watched all of the Raiders finally last year.  It was great to see him in action.  I still don't think anything that the Tat 5 did were morally wrong.  JT is the reason the NCAA was so hard on us.

gumtape's picture

"I never really knew how to throw a football before," Pryor said. "It's coming along. I'm getting way better. I probably missed four or five throws out of 80, 85 throws today. I might ice my arm as a precaution tonight, but it feels great."
Three years of having Walrus as the OC, Nick Siciiliano as a QB coach and he never learned how to throw? How is this possible?

High and tight boo boo

ScarletGray43157's picture

Physical ability has never been a problem for Pryor.  He has the ability to make plays on talent alone.  It will be interesting to see what level he can reach as he learns to play QB at the NFL level, both as a player and as a leader on the field.  He has tremendous potential which is largely unrealized as of yet, IMHO.  

In old Ohio there's a team that's known throughout the land...

ChazBuckeye's picture

Last I heard, they have Flynn as the starter.  I see this happening for the majority of the year unless Flynn bombs.

Some people think we’re the hunted.I don’t feel that way at all.We’re the hunter.Everybody wants an angry football team.Everybody wants a team on edge and a hungry team.If you’re a hunter,that usually equates to being hungry.

gumtape's picture

Ron jaworski knows a lot about playing qb and he says matt Flynn is the worst starting qb in the NFL. Pryor will get his shot. The raider fans want to see what he can do.

High and tight boo boo

Buckabroad's picture

I have always admired your ability and always will pull for a Buckeye wherever he is. Keep the curve moving skyward and kick a.. in Oakland! Ignore the haters, your present actions will drown their drivel.

"The minute we stop expecting greatness, we become Wisconsin."

IBleedSandG's picture

I wish TP luck. I think he's got a pretty good chance to win the starting job.


acBuckeye's picture

I cringed when he said stupid things, and I wasn't a fan of his arrogance or childish behavior, and he wasn't the typical Tressel player. Yet JT saw something in him to take a chance on him (besides the fact that getting Pryor would help JT win a lot of games.) If he was good in JT's eyes, I was on board.
However, I also realized that a lot of what Pryor did that reflected poorly on Buckeye Nation was a product of his upbringing and the insane amount of pressure placed on him at a young age. So I knew I'd have to take the bad with the good. And while he never lived up to the almost ridiculous expectations placed on him, he still gave us a heck of ride and a lot of great memories. There's something special watching a freak athlete don the S&G......
While I forgave all of the Tat-5 a long time ago (actually love JT now more than ever), it took me a bit longer to do the same with Pryor b/c of all the drama around him. I eventually reached that point, and hope he's grown up and learned from his mistakes.... which is honestly all you can hope for from any individual.
I hope Pryor finds success in the NFL, but ultimately I hope he finds it in life.....

Frankly Scarlet's picture

The NFL is the greatest freak show on earth. TP is a freak. I have to believe he will get a legit opportunity to make plays for some team in some capacity, whether in Oakland at QB, or a different team/different position.

"Buclkle your chinstrap, we're gonna grind meat!" - Woody Hayes