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Adios Terrelle, Hello Braxton: Pryor to Forgo Senior Year at OSU

Facing significant NCAA investigations, Terrelle Pryor has decided to forgo his senior season with Ohio State and pursue a professional football career.  His lawyer has done most of the speaking for him today, but has stated that the current labor issues within the NFL may lead him to start his pro career in the Canadian Football League.  I had previously done a preview on Joe Bauserman, saying that he would almost certainly be the Buckeyes’ starting quarterback this season.  Well, kind of a lot has happened since then…

My prediction that Bauserman would start at QB was based on a couple of different things.  First, that Coach Tressel would still be…well, the coach.  Tressel has always seemed to favor experience and seniority over incoming talent.  Obviously, he didn’t throw Boeckman immediately out the door when Pryor came in, but with all of the hype behind him, it was only a matter of time before he got onto the field and USC definitely gave him that chance.  Secondly, my assumption that Bauserman would begin the year under center was based on the inevitability of Pryor’s return after five games.  There is no need to rush an unproven freshman or sophomore onto the field in the first five games when you have a senior with experience that can step in and get you past your openers. 

NOW, with everything that has transpired over the past week, I think that we should take a good look at Nick Hewlett’s preview of Braxton Miller.  The young man has a ton of potential, appears to have his head on his shoulders (shocking, I know), and has the ability, unlike Bauserman, to make things happen!  What Ohio State needs right now is for a spark of energy and life to pick up its bruised fans, and Joe Bauserman is not that spark.  If you’ll recall, Lou Brown didn’t walk to the mound, tell Eddie Harris that he trusted him to squeak out of the inning and put the ball in his hands.  He turned to the bullpen and asked for Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn to come in and add a little excitement to the game. (My apologies, but this is probably just the first of many Major League references that I will use)

Scarlet and Game will have more articles to come related to TP’s departure from OSU, but what are your thoughts on the quarterback position as it stands now?

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Topics: Braxton Miller, Ohio State Football, Terrelle Pryor

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