This is a topic that's been kicking around in my head for awhile, and I think getting 11W's perspective would be interesting.
I feel that for the better part of the last 15 or so years, QB play at Ohio State has been lacking, when compared to other major college football powers. Keep in mind, I'm not referring necessarily to athletic, scrambling or improvisational ability (Smith, Pryor, Miller, etc), but rather, sound fundamentals, accurate short to mid-range passing and consistent, smart decision-making. I suppose, for the sake of keeping it simple and as unambiguous as possible, why hasn't Ohio State had a proficient pocket or pro-style QB in 20 years? It seems that Jim Tressel, for all of the amazing things he accomplished for our great university, was inconsistent with his recruiting and coaching of QB prospects, at best. We went from Krenzel (Cooper recruit, obviously) to Zwick to Smith to Boeckman to Pryor, with a few strange recruiting choices in between with Bauserman and Taylor Graham. Obviously, with Urban at the helm, I think the mobile and fast dual-option QB is here to stay, but historically, Ohio State has never been regarded as a school that produces solid, NFL-ready pro-style QBs. Do you guys think that this has always been by design, or simply more a function of necessity?
With all of the 1st-round NFL WR talent we've produced in the last couple decades, one might assume that there have been numerous accurate and precise passers getting them the rock, which we all know hasn't exactly been the case. Heck, the two best QBs of the last 13 years were a slow, plodding, yet also wily Molecular Genetics student and a guy recruited as an athlete who began his Buckeye career on special teams. To be quite honest, if Krenzel had not have led one of the greatest Buckeye teams in history to 14-0 and a MNC, I doubt he would be any more highly regarded than Stanley Jackson or Todd Boeckman. As mentioned above, I don't see this pattern changing while Urban's at the helm, and I'm perfectly fine with that, but I am curious to see if we'll ever see a Matt Barkely, Andrew Luck or Sam Bradford-type QB under center in the Shoe. What do you think, 11W? Do you prefer the dual-threat QB, and if so, why? Do you think there would be another trophy or two in the WHAC if there had been a Matt Ryan under center instead of Terrelle Pryor?