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Marla Ridenour on Sports

'Nervous Nelly' prepares for Michigan

By Marla Published: November 24, 2010

Ohio State junior quarterback Terrelle Pryor may be 2-0 against Michigan, but Buckeyes coach Jim Tressel believes Pryor is a nervous wreck as he prepares for Saturday's noon showdown in Ohio Stadium.

"Terrelle's a nervous nelly because he wants to compete and he wants to do well and be perfect and all those things, so I'm sure his mind is racing,'' Tressel said of Pryor. "Not unlike my mind or anyone on our staff or anyone on our team. Really it won't stop racing until you get out there. That's just the way it is.

"You can't stop thinking about it. You can't stop worrying about it. You can't stop thinking about what else you need to do. And he'll be the same way and so will the competitors on their side and then you'll get together and, bang, then we'll have a football game.''

Adding to that anxiety is Pryor's relatively low statistical production against UM. Pryor is averaging 265.5 total yards per game this season, but has totalled just 254 yards rushing and passing in his two previous starts against the Wolverines.

In a 42-7 triumph in 2008, Pryor completed 5 of 13 for 120 yards and two touchdowns with an interception and was sacked three times. He rushed eight times for -7 yards.

In a 21-10 victory in 2009, Pryor completed 9 of 17 for 67 yards and a TD with an interception and three sacks. He rushed 19 times for 74 yards.

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