Terrelle Pryor was a star in college at Ohio State. Throwing for 57 touchdowns in his Buckeye career there was no question that Pryor could put points on the scoreboard as Pryor’s blend of speed and size put him on another level above his Big Ten opponents before he was ruled ineligible for his senior season by the NCAA.
Now we are learning that Pryor was one of the best quarterbacks in college football despite little to no knowledge about throwing mechanics.
“I never really knew how to throw a football before,” Pryor said Sunday, via the Bay Area News Group. “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.”
It is a good sign for Raider Nation as they figure out who will be there starting quarterback. Pryor hired quarterback coach Tom House, a former Major League pitcher, who also coached a certain Hall of Fame lock named Tom Brady.
Pryor looked impressive in his only NFL start, showing many of the qualities exhibited at Ohio State in Week 17 against the Chargers when he replaced Carson Palmer in the final game of the Raiders forgettable 2012 season.
It was the end of the Carson Palmer Experiment for the Raiders, but it served as a showcase for Pryor who has done well enough during his rare chances at quarterback to earn a cult endorsement from Raider Nation as many fans #1 choice to be the Raiders starting quarterback over Matt Flynn and Tyler Wilson.
Pryor is still young, only two months apart in age from rookie Tyler Wilson, and has all the athletic intangibles one would look for in an NFL quarterback. He is tall, mobile and has a strong arm, pretty much everything NFL scouts look for in a quarterback prospect.
Perhaps with improved throwing mechanics Pryor will be less of a longshot to replace Matt Flynn as the Raiders projected Week One starter. With Tyler Wilson stumbling out of the gate and throwing three interceptions in a row during one weekend practice session, Pryor is still in the mix and appears hungry to prove the doubters wrong, going as far as employing the best coaching possible to make sure he has the mechanics to improve his often critiqued accuracy.
To some it may be eyebrow raising that Pryor is admitting to not knowing how to properly throw a football, but to others it serves as a sign of even bigger things to come from Pryor who at the young age of 24, is working harder than ever to convince Dennis Allen and the rest of the NFL that he has the tools to be a starter.