chance of bowl: 13.6%
ESPN Insider article from Todd McShay pretty much says Pryor has little to no shot as an NFL QB. He has him ranked as a third round pick ONLY because of his potential to convert to a WR at the next level.
Bottom line, his inaccuracy is a problem as well as his poor football intelligence. (Let's just call that poor intelligence and not unneccesarily limit it, shall we?).
This kid has built up some really bad karma and it's just sitting in a bank vault somewhere waiting to spill out like an over-packed closet in a cartoon.
Screw it! I was on my way to the gym buuuuuuutttt...well!
Chris Spielman just finished up on ESPN:
"I'm not surprised, I mean you hear things and I believe that Coach for whatever reason and it's mysterious to a lot folks who follow this football team why he catered to Terrelle. And why there are a different set of rules for Terrelle Pryor. I have no idea why and that's the big mystery to me."
"More disturbing to me is that there's not a player or senior or leader on that football team that does not hear about the shenanigans that was going on with Terrelle and they didn't step up to stop it..."
He went on to mention the trouble Gene Smith is facing as more information surfaces.
I think we know why TP didn't come to A2. The deal just wasn't good enough!
Thanks to poster Ducatidoc for the motivation and money quote (above) from TP. =)
Added the audio (grab it here)
While in Cleveland over Christmas, it was interesting to get the feeling of several tOSU fans on (edit) the tattoo/memorabilia fiasco. I certainly couldn't speak for all OSU fans, but there was consensus that Pryor was a bust, and that they would just assume he move on to the NFL now, rather than come back. From the perspective of these fans, the other guys could go too.
What about Michigan fans? What is best for Michigan in this whole debacle? I suppose it would help our chances at winning next year if they all left.
Also, it now is at the point where tOSU fans are ready for Michigan to become competitive again. They complained about the stands being less than packed and less than enthused for the Big Game last month. I have to say, I was offered a ticket to the game at face value, and I passed.
Check out the below link to ESPN.com's Heisman watch:
FYI - a quick review of the current stats show Denard atop the leaderboard in rushing yards and also in the Top 10-15 for passer rating. And if they combined his rushing and passing TDs, he would be in the Top 5 for total scoring as well.
[EDIT: Its pretty amazing how a seemingly minor reply about not liking the nickname "Shoelaces" can quickly get out of hand. You'd think I had just insulted Denard's mother or something. Yes, its an original nickname. No, I don't like it. But who cares?! Its just my stupid opinion about a nickname! FWIW - I think Denard's a beast and I can't wait to watch him play on Saturdays. He's quickly becoming one of my all-time favorite Wolverines and, coming from a guy that's lived and breathed Michigan football since birth, that's a pretty big thing.]
[EDIT 2: It's pretty sad that I'm sitting here at my desk worrying that people now think I do not like Denard and am not "all in for Michigan" just because I don't like his nickname. I better call a therapist!]
I know this has been brought up a few weeks ago, but man, I think we dodged a bullet by not getting TP. He sucks, I mean sucks, at passing. Now, I do think he would put up better numbers in our system than OSU's just because he could run more, but still, wow he sucks at throwing the ball. Even the passing TD he got near the end against Purdue to put them within one score was a terrible decision and throw that he got bailed out on. Tate is such a superior passer, and when he gets experience both in the system and just in general he is going to put up much better numbers than TP, count on it.