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Terrelle Pryor: Living Up to Expectations?

By Jeremy Published: August 26, 2009

No other high school athlete has entered the college ranks with more hype than Terrelle Pryor. The superstar rushed and passed for over 4200 yards in his high school career at Jeanette Senior in Jeanette, Pennsylvania. At 6'6", then a lean 225, the senior led his football and basketball teams to state championships in the same year - a first in  State history.

Let’s backtrack one year from today. Todd Boeckman is the returning starter, senior, and captain. There was a 50-50 split in the speculation. One side predicted a two-quarterback system  like Florida used  in 2006. The other side(myself included) figured that Pryor would play here and there, but that he would not have a major impact as a true freshman.

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Line of Defense

By Jeremy Published: August 24, 2009

Ohio State will depend on the size, speed, and the experience of their defensive line in 2009. Defensive coordinator Jim Heacock has assembled a strong group of players to serve as an anchor for the pre-season favorite in the Big Ten. With so many familiar faces, and so many faces in general, the D-Line is expected to compensate for youth and inexperience at both CB and LB.

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No More Mr. Nice Guy

By Jeremy Published: August 21, 2009

No fans are more fanatical than Ohio State fans. They wear their colors with pride - some of them on a daily basis(just make sure you wash 'em guys). The badge/stripes on their sleeves represent confidence, determination, and unwavering support. The product on the field is a direct reflection of the fanbase. Together they stand, unwavering. It's not unusual for Ohio State fans to wear their jerseys the day after a loss, something you rarely see amongst other fanbases. The team stands arm-in-arm after every game, win or lose, to sing our Alma Mater, 'Carmen Ohio'.

Normally, Ohio State fans, much like their coach, keep things close to the vest. An afternoon game at Ohio Stadium has been one of the more tame environments in college football, especially since the open container rules came into to play in 2003. OSU fans have always had a reputation, but that reputation started because of their fanaticism, and not because of their 'attitude'(this is a recent myth). During the 'Animal House Years'(1990-2002), Ohio State tailgated like they were drinking steroid laced beer - but it was still a safe, albeit uncomfortable, place for opposing fans to see a game. After the '06 and '07 National Championship games, when the conference supremacy stuff started, so did the ridicule. I've said it many times, 'Ohio State has become the most hated team and fanbase in the country'. They've engaged in an unwinnable argument, mainly against SEC fans, about their ability, or lack of, to compete with the best teams in the country. One side citing 0-9 and referring to the results against Fla and LSU, the other side citing tradition, the 7 National Championships, the bigger picture, the regular season record versus the SEC, and the history before 2006. The onslaught continues.

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