Terrelle Pryor’s unexpected walk out from Ohio State has left the school in a four-man race at the quarterback position, something no one saw coming when Braxton Miller started taking snaps during spring training as a true freshmen.
Pryor was expected to return after a five-game suspension but instead decided to try his luck at the NFL.
While Miller, an early graduate, is expected to be the teams “future” he still has to prove himself against a capable field that includes senior Joe Bauserman, sophomore Kenny Guiton and redshirt freshman Taylor Graham
Miller himself acknowledges that he has a lot to learn, noting that Pryor’s departure:
“Changed a lot…But at the same time, I still have to learn the system and I still have to take it a step at a time.”
Miller is already learning four new plays each day at practice and says he heads to his hotel room after practices to learn the new plays, only to add four more new plays the next day.
The young QB has a lot to live up to, having completed a standout senior year with 2,167 yards, 658 yards rushing and 34 touchdowns.
Bauserman could be called in to show the young QB how to control the teams offense, he’s the oldest and most experienced of the players at 26-years-old (he played minor-league baseball for a while before attending Ohio State), however he also only has 47 pass attempts in his college career.
Ohio has a lot riding on the position, their past three quarterbacks (Pryor, Todd Boeckman and Troy Smith) all ranked in the top 13 for efficiency.
It should be noted that all three prospects competing against Miller have struggled at the position, Guiton had some brilliant moments two years ago during the spring game, but he was never considered a top high school prospect when he played in Texas, while Miller has looked lost at times as he struggles to learn dozens of new plays.
When all is said and done, players are still learning the Ohio State game and they only practiced in full pads for the first time on Friday. Before pads were thrown into the mix Taylor Graham, who’s father played in the NFL for nine seasons (Former Giants QB), was considered a favorite, a typical response for a pocket passer with a strong arm who’s playing in a game that lacks full gear.
Who do you think should hold the starting QB position at Ohio State this year, with Terrell Pryor gone the job is definitely up for grabs.