Terrelle Pryor Doesn’t Know The Words To OSU’s Fight Song, And Other Revelations
Former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor sat down with Jon Gruden in an interview aired Thursday night on ESPN's QB Camp, the first major interview for Pryor since his announcement he would leave school and declare for the NFL Supplemental Draft.
Pryor, accused by the NCAA of accepting improper benefits and by ESPN of earning more than $20,000 signing memorabilia, spent most of the hour being grilled by Gruden about his football prowess and abilities. Pryor's agent Drew Rosenhaus barred ESPN from asking any questions about the allegations that led to Pryor's exit from Ohio State, so that's exactly how Gruden opened the interview:
Pryor expressed regret at not being able to finish his degree and at no longer being able to compete in front of Buckeye fans:
And what did Pryor do with those tens of thousands of dollars he earned in violation of the NCAA? Charity, he claims:
Alas, Pryor admits not knowing the words to Ohio State fight song "Across The Field:"
Pryor revealed he still talks regularly with former Buckeye head coach Jim Tressel, who resigned in disgrace due in part to Pryor's violations:
With speculation NFL teams are more interested in Pryor as a receiver than as a quarterback, would he be willing to take on a new position? Maybe:
Jon Gruden's been speculated as a candidate for open college football positions from Miami to Notre Dame and everywhere in between. This exchange suggests Gruden doesn't have much respect for the college game:
It's at this point Gruden brought the real tough questions, like "What's an audible?" YES, HE REALLY ASKED THAT:
Pryor attempts to redeem himself by claiming that while he doesn't know the words to the fight song, he "used to know" the words to Ohio State school song Carmen Ohio:
Did Pryor redeem himself? Possibly, though the hourlong broadcast was long on Gruden clichés (he used the phrase "this guy" 18 times) and short on in-depth analysis of the X's and O's of quarterbacking.
>> jon gruden is smart.
>> pryor is big. he's 6'6", is a physical man and blessed with a lot of talent.
>> the nfl game is faster. they don't stop the clock and give you gatorade after the first down at the next level here. you know that, terrelle?
>> easy, easy, easy. kill, kill, kill.
>> let's go nickel 40. can it with 358, can it, hurry up! check that, let's go regular, green right flat 93 best for can, 96 seattle. hurry, i'm late! what do you think of that?
>> i can do that.
>> hi, i'm rece davis. welcome to the sports center special "gruden's quarterback camp." in the next hour, jon gruden will critique and share advice for a quarterback looking for guidance. terrelle pryor was the star at ohio state. but last december, a downward spiral began. he was suspended five games because of ncaa violations involving the sale of his memorabilia. more allegations of improper benefits followed. that he received loaner cars from a dealership, that he signed autographs for thousands of dollars. and while the ncaa continued investigating the claims, buckeyes head coach jim tressel resigned. a week later, pryor announced he would forego his senior season and make himself eligible for the nfl supplemental draft. he then reached out to gruden, hoping to spend a few days under the coach's instruction. espn decided to air the session and requested an interview with pryor on the memorabilia scandal. his agent, drew rosenhaus, said pryor would not allow questions about that subject and the network declined the interview on those terms. but pryor did want to talk football. lots of it. and while reviewing film before his workout session with the coach, pryor did discuss his feelings about leaving ohio state.
>> terrelle pryor. welcome to the ffca. i got a phone call that coach tressel resigned and that terrelle pryor's coming out in a supplemental draft. HOW DID ALL THIS HAPPEN? WHAT DO YOU SAY TO ALL THESE OHIO STATE PEOPLE? I MEAN, WHAT'S GOING ON?
>> PRETTY MUCH ME JUST MAKING MISTAKES, YOU KNOW. AND ESPECIALLY LOSING A GREAT COACH TO THIS GREAT UNIVERSITY IS JUST -- JUST A DISASTER, YOU KNOW? I'M VERY HEARTFELT FOR IT. VERY SORRY, BUT AT THE SAME TIME I STILL -- HAVE TO MOVE ON, BECAUSE I STILL HAVE A LIFE I HAVE TO LIVE. AND I'M JUST VERY -- I'M DISGUSTED ON WHAT REALLY WENT DOWN. WHAT HAD TO HAPPEN TO THE UNIVERSITY. I REGRET THE FACT THAT COACH TRESS HAD TO LEAVE AND I REGRET THE FACT THAT I HAD TO LEAVE. AND I JUST WISH I COULD STILL BE THERE WITH MY TEAMMATES. SO JUST TRYING TO GET USED TO IT AND JUST TRY TO MOVE ON. YOU KNOW, IT'S HARD FOR ME, BUT IT'S SOMETHING I HAVE TO DO.
>> how have you handled this whole situation, seriously? when you go to bed at night -- i see people on tv, they disguise their voices, their faces aren't even shown. they're saying things about you. there's allegations swirling around you. i mean, how have you handled all this?
>> there's only -- only way i can handle it, you know, is through god. prayer sometimes and just -- just smile and just not think about it, you know, as much as i possibly can. and hard as it is how people bash me and talk behind my back and talk through the tv and all, the internet, stuff like that. i can't really worry about other people, you know?
>> DID YOU EVER SEE THIS COMING, THREE MONTHS AGO, THAT YOU'D BE IN THE SUPPLEMENTAL DRAFT? AND YOU'D BE SITTING HERE WITH ME AT THE FFCA IN LATE JUNE?
>> NO. I'M, I MEAN, I WANTED TO STAY, YOU KNOW? I WANTED TO STAY FOR THE FOUR YEARS AND I ALSO WANTED TO GET MY DEGREE. AND IT MAKES ME SAD, YOU KNOW? THE FACT THAT I WON'T BE PLAYING FOR THIS TEAM OR PLAYING FOR THESE FANS ANYMORE.
>> rose bowl champions. sugar bowl champions. right?
>> you're the mvp of both those games, aren't you?
>> when i watched you -- rises are red, violets are blue, terrelle pryor's just better than you. you're leaving a lot behind, man. you sure you're ready to move on, or you want to go back and try to work this out with the ncaa?
>> it's over with. can't. you don't want to move back. i want to move forward.
>> you'd have been a top-flight heisman trophy candidate.
>> i can't put no more pressure on the university and my teammates. it's just not right. that's what -- that's the reason why i left. it wasn't right for me to put all that pressure and let my teammates and all the fans hear all this negativity and stuff like that. it's just -- it's not right. that's why i ended up leaving.
>> are you prepared for what's ahead? i mean, to you even know what a supplemental draft is?
>> i hear you. it's a second draft, you know?
>> there's a lot of head coaches that are considering drafting you right now in this supplemental draft. who is terrelle pryor? who are you?
>> i'm very heartfelt. I LIKE -- I LIKE TAKING CARE OF PEOPLE. I, LIKE, PUT PEOPLE FIRST AND ME, BEING LAST, YOU KNOW? I TAKE MY -- ANY TIME I SEE A PERSON ON THE STREET, I GIVE THEM THE MONEY I HAVE. I PICK THEM UP, TAKE THEM TO GET FOOD, YOU KNOW? IT GIVES ME ENJOYMENT, YOU KNOW, JUST TO PUT A SMILE ON ANOTHER PERSON'S FACE. AND IT MEANS -- IT MEANS THE WORLD TO ME.
>> DOES THAT THE FIGHT SONG FIRE YOU UP OR WHAT?
>> YOU KNOW THE WORDS OF THAT SONG?
>> WHICH ONE?
>> OHIO STATE, THE FIGHT SONG THEY SING?
>> YOU DON'T KNOW THEM? THEY'RE GOING TO MAKE YOU GET ON A TABLE AND SING, ROOKIE, WHEN YOU GET IN THE NFL. you're going to be a leader at the next level, when you get 30 year old, 32 year old veteran players, you're going to be able to assume this kind of excitement and leadership?
>> yeah. no matter how old they are, you've got to keep everybody young.
>> who's this kid? i mean, you're a jeannette high school -- i remember watching tv and they say you're the number one prospect in the universe. this kid out of jeanette high school. where is that? pennsylvania?
>> how come you didn't go to penn state or pitt, man?
>> coach tressel.
>> yeah. i had some type of this relationship with him.
>> what was it like playing for coach tressel?
>> i think he's probably one of the most amazing men i ever met in my life. he's taught me organization. i never really knew what organization was until i got to the ohio state university. HE'S LIKE A SECOND FATHER TO ME. I TALK TO HIM AN AWFUL LOT, STILL TO THIS DAY. AND WHEN I WAS AT UNIVERSITY, I MEAN, WE'D HAVE MEETINGS ON TOP OF MEETINGS, YOU KNOW? SOMETIMES I'D JUST GET MAD BECAUSE HE'S JUST MEETING WITH ME ABOUT ANYTHING, YOU KNOW, SOMETHING SIMPLE, BUT HAD A CAUSE TO IT AND -- HE WAS JUST TRYING TO TEACH ME.
>> everybody's talking about your throwing motion. they're saying, this guy, he doesn't throw the ball well enough to be an nfl quarterback. his throwing motion, his throwing motion -- see that left arm, that off hand coming off the ball? they say it's got to tighten up. they say that release takes too long. they don't like it. what do you say to all those critics out there that don't like the way you throw the ball?
>> that doesn't look that bad to me. just fix it up a little bit. maybe i am too -- a little too loose and out, but we -- i fixed that. i don't have nothing to say to it, man. i'm just going to keep working and fueling it.
>> you know when people turn on your tape like i do, you know what they see every saturday? they see a guy that can break tackles, keep plays alive, and you can run, man. what are you going to run? what is your 40 time?
>> i like to get to a 4.3, maybe a high 4.3, 4.4 for a low, very low. that's what i expect.
>> being a double threat, being able to run and pass, isn't that what you're offering people?
>> yes. when you drop back and there's nothing there, coach yells step up, step ups kill defenses. i don't care if you're slow and you're going to 5.5, 40, and if you step up and get five yards for your team. it's crucial. step-ups are huge.
>> you take a lot of pride driving coaches crazy on the other team, don't you?
>> that's what i like to do. i don't like defenses, so.
>> you like beating these defensive guys up?
>> i love it.
>> how do we defend terrelle pryor?
>> i don't know, because i keep getting better.
>> i got to be honest. one of the things i love about you the most, as a player, is your ability to stiff-arm a defensive lineman, reverse your field, run 4.4 to your left and throw a bullet.
>> i look at it as -- kind of like fighting, you know? like if you were boxing. the space between you and a shorter-armed guy can't grab you. and you're, i'm out of here, just palming, just playing with him.
>>> coming up on "gruden's quarterback camp," coach puts his class of to the ultimate test.
>>> later, pryor's career unexpectedly ravels. how and why it happened.
>> myself, just very young and immature.
>> next, could terrelle pryor's stiff-arm mean a position change?
>>> i just want terrelle to get his eyes open for what he's been through. he's been through a lot in a short amount of time. we're talking about a young pup who has tremendous ability.
>> touchdown ohio state!
>> i want to help him along in understand the big picture of what's ahead. what if i said to you, hey, terrelle, i'm going to take you, put you on my football team, i'm going to make you the next calvin johnson. i want you to play wide receiver. i know you don't want to. i know you're going to roll your eyes and be upset, but i really think, when you catch it, you can break one tackle and you can stiff-arm these guys and you can go to the yard. 14 times a year, you can be a pro ball wide receiver if you just trust me and really put your time into making a position change. and i saw you in the fiesta bowl. you were playing wide receiver. you just jumped up and said, see ya later, texas. i've seen you do it. i want you to be a receiver. what are you going to say?
>> i can't blame you.
>> you going to do it?
>> i'm going to still try for the quarterback spot.
>> what are you going to say to me, man? what are you going to do if someone has this in mind for you? i mean, look at this guy.
>> i can't really blame somebody that would -- that would say i should be a receiver or a running back, or whatever the case may be. i'm just athletic.
>> you know who the guy is right here? this receiver?
>> hines who?
>> you know what he played at georgia?
>> what he play -- quarterback.
>> yeah. quarterback. he goes to pittsburgh, they say we'll make you a wide receiver. you know what? he's going to the hall of fame. what are you going to do, SERIOUSLY, IF JON GRUDEN WERE TO DRAFT YOU AND I SAY, YOU'RE GOING TO GO OVER THERE AND PLAY RECEIVER FULL-TIME.
>> JON GRUDEN'S SMART. HE'D PLAY ME AT QUARTERBACK.
>> what if i said to you, hey, we got a role for you. we're going to let you play a little wideout like brad smith does for the jets. we're going to put a little option package in and let you do what you do best. if somebody says, hey, this pryor guy, we're going to use him as a wildcat, where a guy could catch it, he can run it, he can throw it. what do you think?
>> just trying to play. anything i can do to get on the field and play.
>> i can see somebody getting a hold of you and really having a creative offensive mind all of a sudden.
>> can do some things.
>> have you ever heard of this guy mike mccarthy?
>> have you ever heard of the language this guy speaks, man? i mean, he says words -- their formulations last forever, and i don't see aaron rodgers using a wrist band.
>> so we got the headset in your helmet, and i'm on the sidelines and i grab my sideline sheet. and i say, hey, pryor, hey, pryor, let's go. hey, let's go trip tried orbit, let's go nickel 40. can it with 358. can, hurry up! no, no, check that, check that, let's go regular personnel. let's go green right slot. 93 buster can with next seattle. hit it. hurry, i'm late.
>> what do you think of that?
>> i can do that.
>> good. i expect you'd be able to do that. all the formations you're running at ohio state. are you going to be able to deal with these guys on the sidelines and communicate with them?
>> oh, yeah.
>> these nfl guys? i mean, they all want the ball all the time.
>> i've been around guys, ball hogs, that want the ball. i mean, that's -- that's never going to change.
>> what would it be like for you seriously to join forces with a guy like randy moss? he'd say, hey, pryor, hey, pryor, throw to it me deep. you going to listen to everything he says?
>> yes, you are. randy moss?
>> you'd be listening to randy moss.
>> i mean, i'll be --
>> you're crazy not to listen to moss.
>> i'll definitely look into throwing it deep, but i'm looking in the moving ball the right way, not interceptions, and i mean, there's other guys that get paid to do what they do too, as well. i'm not just going to throw the ball just because of who the person is.
>> you like this guy here, man?
>> tom brady?
>> yeah. that's my favorite.
>> you know, we're talking about how great he is as a player. you know who he is, man? might be the greatest competitor in the game also. he gets excited. he gets mad. he's going to get you, isn't he?
>> you like this guy?
>> yeah, i love him.
>> what are you going to do if he shows up against you in the opening game? what if miami drafted you and your first game's on monday night football against tom brady and tom brady says, the hell with terrelle pryor. i'm going to whoop his butt. kick his butt. what are you -- how are you going to deal with tom brady on monday night football in your rookie debut?
>> try and beat him.
>> just try to beat him. that's it.
>> he went to michigan. you know that, don't you?
>>> i hate -- i hate michigan. i'm trying to beat him.
>> who's this guy?
>> yep. that's who you want to be like, right? you go by their office at 7:00 a.m., whose car is there?
>> he wants to just drill you. these guys. they get there early and they stay late and they mean it now. they really want to bury you, you know that?
>> you know what i call peyton manning?
>> you know why? he always gets his man. and he's going to be coming after you too. he's going to get you. sheriff? he's going to get his man. he can't wait to see you and newton. gabbert. he's like, hey, gru, who else do you got this year in your little class you're having down there in florida? you got any real quarterbacks? that's what he's thinking.
>> you see this quarterback right here? what's he doing?
>> killing it.
>> killing it. what's that mean?
>> it's -- you get two plays and then kill to a play that works.
>> give me an example at ohio state of a kill package.
>> all right. you want me to draw it?
>> yeah. i want to see it.
>> this one's called rip formation. regular rip formation 23. where the running backs would iso up regular, not us -- as we would have -- there was a blitz in. or a safety is here, safety here, corner. and i'm just going to draw the guys quick. so the safety -- the blitz would be -- safeties come off here. this safety rotates here. he rotates here and drops, it would be a cover two look still. and we would just gash them right here. i'd be like, easy, easy, easy, kill, kill, kill. kill to the shark.
>> a double post?
>> yeah, double post. while they're rotating, while the corner is still rotating, he's still moving. they're bs'ing, he's still going over here. i'm snapping the ball when he's still moving. while he's on the move. he's snapping, right on the inside. we hit this multiple times.
>> let's say we're all in the huddle with you, okay? and you got your wrist band and you're fixing your helmet. what do you sound like in the huddle? CALL THAT, LIKE YOU'RE EXCITED, PLAYING WISCONSIN.
>> ALL RIGHT. ALL RIGHT, GUYS. WE NEED -- WE NEED A --
>> YEAH, DON'T GET NERVOUS.
>> ALL RIGHT, GUYS, WE NEED SOME YARDS. WE NEED SOME YARDS. WE GOT TO MOVE. ALL RIGHT. RIP, REGULAR RIP 23, CHECK, 356 MACS DEPOT.
>> CALL THAT PLAY, THOUGH, A LITTLE FASTER FOR ME.
>> REGULAR RIP 23 ISO. CHECK 56 MACS DEPOT.
>> BEAUTIFUL. BECAUSE THE NFL GAME'S FASTER. THEY DON'T STOP THE CLOCK AND GIVE YOU GATORADE AFTER EVERY FIRST DOWN AT THE NEXT LEVEL HERE, YOU KNOW THAT, TERRELLE?
>> THAT'S FINE WITH ME.
>> YOU KNOW HOW THEY STOP THE CLOCK AFTER EVERY FIRST DOWN AND GIVE YOU GUYS HUGS? HUH?
>>> up next at gruden's qb camp, quarterback and coach dive into the playbook.
>> you think that's a read?
>> yeah, it's a read, actually, technically.
>>> people don't know just how much i want to win.
>> diving for a touchdown!
>> i'd rather die than lose.
>> pryor steps up. touchdown ohio state!
>> i take winning and losing very seriously.
>> what do you know about this?
>> good amount.
>> WHAT IS AN AUDIBLE?
>> CHANGING IN A PLAY THAT, BECAUSE OF THE DEFENSE, THEY GET YOU INTO A BETTER PLAY.
>> you take charge of the situation, you make a call here to get your center to go left. is that what you're doing?
>> just pointing and telling him something could come. that's the only side.
>> don't want to waste what?
>> any reps.
>> don't want to waste plays.
>> any plays.
>> what's brees doing right here?
>> he's changing protection.
>> changing a play? changing a protection. might see a one-on-one matchup. trying to avoid what?
>> wasted plays.
>> yeah. if you get on the airplane after the game, you get sacked nine times, balls are tipped and ricochetting and your running back gets hit for losses four times. i won't be there very long and you won't be quarterback very long, right?
>> we've got to recognize the problem, if there is one. move on. together me wrong, we don't want an audible all the time --
>> but do we want to eliminate what?
>> wasted plays.
>> absolutely. here's an example of a wasted play. where's the strong safety number 23?
>> he's down.
>> yeah. who's blocking this guy?
>> that's a wasted what?
>> not going to work. if i said, hey, run this one back power-play, but run it against six in the box. six. how many guys are in a box?
>> seven --
>> how many?
>> eight. what's going to happen to this play?
>> it's going to be demolished.
>> i don't care if you got ray rice, jerry rice, jim rice. dead. it's a waste of what?
>> should have been thrown.
>> wasted play, right?
>> so here's the ohio state buckeyes i got the heisman trophy candidate.
>> all day long against the golden gophers, you're running a one back power to the three technique.
>> and gutting them. i mean, hurting them.
>> grinding on them.
>> ohio state style, right?
>> what do you think they're going to do after you grind on these guys for about three quarters? do you think they might want to make an adjustment?
>> yeah, and bring another guy in the box.
>> what adjustment are they making right here in this one back power-play?
>> bringing an extra guy in the box.
>> who are they bringing? corner.
>> look at him up top. here, kitty kitty kitty.
>> that's when i got him.
>> i mean, who's blocking this guy on the one back power-play? it's a wasted what?
>> wasted play.
>> and you know what i'd say to you if you came off the field? i'd say, come here. come here. boom! why'd you do that? you going to get the back killed, man. does that make you mad i'm saying like that?
>> yeah, i like to protect my teammates.
>> got to have a plan for all of this, right?
>> there's nothing worse than wasting plays -- plays that have no chance. boy, they make me sick. do they make you sick? make a note, no wasted plays. no wasted plays. you take pride in the running game?
>> i need to, a lot more. i take pride in getting the situation where it should be. this is them breaking for a 55, 50-yard run.
>> yeah. yeah, but see the safety right here?
>> he's unblocked. the receiver really should be responsible for blocking the perimeter, right?
>> yeah, but -- yeah, but anytime you get a running back on a corner or a safety, we call that a win.
>> what about if that safety is troy polamalu, and i said, hey, he will kill you dead if you don't get a hat on him. so let's --
>> you got to get a hat on him.
>> let's bring the receiver. i said, hey, t.p., bring the guy, give him a heel, bring him an f-short, block him. that might be ed reed.
>> if we don't block ed reed or troy polamalu. make a note of that, alert for f-short in a running game.
>> they're exceptions.
>> what? everybody is an exception at the next level.
>> what do you think -- these safeties are just going to be heat-seeking missiles and run right up the back of their own players?
>> no. we got to get more involved in the running game. more, more, more involved.
>> they run through gaps, that's the beauty of this play. what i say about that wide receiver blocking that safety.
>> doesn't get him.
>> ray rice does appreciate --
>> 25 ain't want that.
>> ray rice -- you think ray rice appreciates flacco making sure it's a six-man block? you think ray rice appreciates the flanker --
>> it's team. teamwork.
>> it all starts with the trigger.
>> calling the plays right, understanding the number count. that's big. so we got to understand how these plays are blocked, which of these one-back runs can work against the six-man box. when do we fill the bubble screens? all those things. very important(kz
>> ran it all.
>> ran it all, didn't you?
>> bubbles. you know what i think of bubbles? i call that america's pass. i hate bubble screens. if i ever come back and coach -- if we ever get a bubble screen completed against us, i'll lose my mind.
>> why is that?
>> i hate this. i don't know. i just think that statistics of college and pro quarterbacks is inflated now because there's a lot of these, right? you get credit for a completion on this, you and gabbert and newton, all you guys. you guys just pick it up and just fire it out there. you think that's a read?
>> yeah, it is a read, actually, technically.
>> technically. you say there's eight in the box, and you just throw it out there, right?
>> nobody on the guy, you just pick it up and throw it outside.
>> football science.
>> you know what i do when i watch all these bubbles? here's me watching tape watching all these bubbles. look at this. i don't need a bubble screen, bubble screens, bubble screens. i ought to write a song about bubble screens.
>> you got to get the defense adjusted somehow so they're going to cheat, you know. i mean, that's -- there it is. get the guy out there, get that guy out the box.
>> they got these now slants. you ever see these?
>> they got an eight-man front. bay lon edwards, quarterback picks it up, it's not a slant.
>> he can't do it.
>> it's not a slant. pick it up and fire it, touchdown. look at sanchez. might just get the ball by itself. boom, touchdown. can you get rid of the ball that quick?
>> you working on this? are you working on getting the snap and throwing all these bullets?
>> can't say i am.
>> going to do it today. look at him. he looks over here at shockey. oh, yeah. you know i'm going to give to it you. you know i'm going to be subtle about it. i'm going to blow a hole right in indianapolis' day.
>> after you throw about seven of these one-step hitches, what does the corner think is going to happen?
>> he's going to start -- start guessing and cheating.
>> oh, there goes steve smith. 60 yards on a little one-step hitch takeoff. some of these 38-yard touchdown passes are just one-step hitches. what do you know about this?
>> the hardest play to defend. it's man-to-man throw. corner's running off and you're throwing them behind him. you can't stop what you can't see.
>> sanchez, you know what he did to the indianapolis colts in the playoffs? he just sent them home. all 80,000 colt fans had to go home sad because of this back shoulder throw that set up the game-winning field goal.
>> you can't stop it if you got it done. it's the hardest throw, hands-down, to stop. it's extremely hard going left. because your body's throwing. and you're also pulling to another direction. it's timing. and a lot of timing and a lot of accuracy. you got to put it at the right spot.
>> a lot of people have questioned your accuracy. i'm watching this. these are balls that are thrown on the back shoulder, to the wide side of the field. are you throwing a back shoulder y or are you just throwing the ball up?
>> that's back shoulder.
>> you promise me that?
>> oh, yeah. oh yeah.
>> that's great, man. what if i said to you, that's darrelle revis? under no circumstances will we throw at him. what would you say?
>> depends on the view that i've got.
>> good answer. what if i said to you, that's jon gruden up there, i want to hand signal and blow that guy up.
>> throw right at him.
>> throw right at him. you know who the greatest receivers in ohio state history are? who do you think they are? i had david boston. he was a bad dude, man.
>> cris carter.
>> carter. how about galloway?
>> yeah, galloway.
>> terry glenn. santonio holmes. they've had some players, right?
>> a lot.
>> you know who my favorite buckeye is?
>> right there.
>> who is this guy anyway? who's this number 12 guy?
>> how do you say his last name? san sen bacher. he likes guys who have four-syllable last names. he'd be saying dane sansenbacher. look at -- sansenbacher. you know why you like this guy? because he's reliable.
>> yeah, he is.
>> he's tough. all right? he doesn't make mistakes, does he? he's a football player, right?
>> i remember this play against penn state. you were just going to heave this post down the field to posey. what happens? who's there to bail you out?
>> sansenbacher. that's why you like him. look at you, man. you've got to be kidding me. dane sansenbacher. then you're scrambling for a touchdown in a game against arkansas. not great ball security here. ball's away from your body. they poke it out. flopping around. it's in the end zone. who recovers it for a touchdown to win the sugar bowl?
>> and you get the mvp of the dag gone game. you like sansenbacher?
>> i love him.
>> who drafted him?
>> what's wrong with this world?
>>> welcome back to the "sport centers" special of "gruden's quarterback camp." as a three-year starting quarterback for ohio state terrelle pryor compiled a 31-4 record and won three big ten titles. since last december the quarterback has been facing a whirlwind of controversy that ultimately led to his departure from columbus.
>> ohio state quarterback terrelle pryor and four other buckeyes must sit out the first five games of the 2011 season for accepting improper benefits.
>> my selfish acts was just very young and immature. and i was just very deeply sorry about it.
>> jim tressel has resigned as the ohio state head football coach.
>> the stain of a scandal at ohio state is harder to remove than that tattooing.
>> a number of sources we've spoken with told us it's not uncommon to see terrelle pryor over the past few years driving a different car every few months. >> this story keeps going, where will it end?
>> terrelle pryor made $20,000 to $40,000 autographing memorabilia according to witnesses of his actions.
>> terrelle pryor leaving ohio state.
>> in terms of my future, i'm entering the supplemental draft. i'm sorry for what all went down and i apologize with all my heart.
>> how do you feel -- senior day, cameron hayward playing his last home game against michigan, jim tressel -- i mean, sanzenbacher. all your teammates. i know it hurts you, man, not to have a chance to go out like you wanted to go out.
>> and play at ohio state for four years, maybe win a heisman, maybe win a national championship. how do you ever get over that?
>> whether people believe it on are not, it makes me sick, you know. like cam and dane, you know. i mean, i wish that was me, you know. i wanted to go up there, hug coach tress in that moment, see my mother out on the field, all that stuff. having the senior speech and stuff like that. with all that tradition right there.
>> what is it about playing quarterback at ohio state or being an ohio state football player that's so special?
>> it's high character. our standards. i'm not saying anybody else's in ohio. but we're just -- our program, our standards, is just very, very high. and just the tradition is just ridiculous. it's tremendous. they say the quarterback job is like -- it's harder than being like the governor. it's the hardest job in ohio. it's hard. you take criticism, you take all the fame and all the notoriety and stuff like that. i'm going to miss it. that's for sure.
>> what is all this you guys do before games? you guys come out like you're -- i don't know. what is this?
>> we just -- it's our -- it's our gang when we get together.
>> what if.
>> the thing we get together.
>> it's your thing? you guys are like, hey, man, let's grab an arm and go out to the stadium. it ticks people off when you guys come out like this. whose idea is that, yours?
>> it's a tradition.
>> is it?
>> that's pretty cool, man. who's this coach?
>> eric lichter. that's our strength coach.
>> i like this, man. swing to the right, swing to the left. you're starting to tick the other team off, man. you guys come out the field, i don't know who it was. illinois, illinois. they say, you ain't going to do nothing to us, ohio state! they wanted to fight you before the game, didn't they? where are you at touring this melee?
>> in the back. last time they were here they beat us.
>> that's what it was.
>> they were coming to get some had us fired up.
>> the rose bowl. jumping up and down, the whole team comes out for the point cost, then oregon comes out for the coin toss. what are you guys doing before the game, man? trash talkers or something?
>> this teams just don't like us. why, i don't know. you see, we're together, then they came to us. we're not going to shy away.
>> where are you during all of this? i mean, are you the ring leader of this or what?
>> no, i don't need to get -- i don't need to injure my hand or anything stupid.
>> yeah? what's so big about ohio state/michigan?
>> it's just the game. as soon as we get -- every single day we're talking about michigan, coach tress talking about michigan, every single day. that's why he was so great against them. he let us know and put the imprint in our mind, we don't lose to michigan, we hate michigan.
>> they hate you.
>> it doesn't matter to us. i'm proud to say i didn't lose to michigan. i don't like michigan at all.
>> you see this guy from michigan coming out of the tunnel, number 20. who is this guy he bumps into? an ohio state guy just walking back to the locker room, this number 20 just boom!
>> should have tackled him.
>> who is that guy?
>> grant thornton.
>> i mean, the guy, grant, he's walking back to the locker room, michigan, ohio state, this is before the game. i love this rivalry. shaw. make a note of that, shaw. he's probably going to come after you in the nfl. he's still mad. look at that. what are you guys doing after these games, man?
>> singing carmen ohio.
>> singing what?
>> carmen ohio.
>> WHAT'S THAT SIGN YOU'RE DOING RIGHT THERE? "O"?
>> KIND OF A STORY "O" YOU'RE MAKING. SINGING CARMEN OHIO? SINGING OR MOVING YOUR MOUTH?
>> I'M MOVING MY MOUTH.
>> YOU AIN'T SINGING.
>> I USED TO KNOW IT. I THINK I STILL DO.
>> let me ask you this, were you really throwing this ball?
>> oh, yeah.
>> going out? really throwing isn't it.
>> oh yeah.
>> to this guy that caught it?
>> oh, yeah.
>> you are lying. throwing it to that guy that's running right back --
>> no, i'm telling you.
>> look at your eyes, you're looking right at that guy.
>> no, i wasn't.
>> and this fellow buckeye --
>> there's one thing about me --
>> you are lying.
>> i swear to you. there's one thing about me, i keep my eyes, when i'm running, you'll never -- i don't care, you can watch all the film you want, you'll never see me looking down when i'm scrambling. i'm looking downfield to see who i can throw to. i'm still looking over here because i know i'm running out of bounds. i'm coming across. i saw him the whole time. that's who i threw to.
>> great play, man.
>> i like the way this guy performs in clutch situations. the two-minute situation against iowa. the way he throws the ball late in the game against penn state.
>> going deep. touchdown!
>> i like the fact this guy wins. what about red zone. what do you know about this red zone?
>> don't take sacks.
>> everything happens faster in the red zone. there's not much field, is there?
>> got to anticipate more blitz, all-out blitz than normal, yes?
>> completions are great plays.
>> no turnovers.
>> what do you think about your performance on a 1 to 10 as a red zone quarterback?
>> why would you say you're only a 6?
>> i took plenty of sacks, a lot of sacks in the goal line. that's uncalled for. that shouldn't have happened. i turned the ball over maybe four times. just emphasize a lot more that i need to take care of the ball and we need touchdowns. what do you know about the two-minute drill?
>> don't take no sacks. don't waste the play. throw the ball away. most important is no sacks.
>> end of the half, is it the end of the game, do i have three downs or four downs, right? every year i see somebody kill it on fourth down. they go, oh, boy. right? not good, not good.
>> on the nfl, the block keeps running, right? and those defensive linemen lay on top of you for eight minutes. it takes a lot of time, precious time, right? you got me?
>> so you win the game in the two-minute drill. those are the best press conferences you'll ever be a part of. right? get to go in there, hey. even the viking mascot guy, he gives you a hug. see that? now let's go back to this year, we're playing iowa.
>> third and 10. late in the game. big ten title is on the line, isn't it?
>> you've got to have your best stuff in this situation. and you make the throw of the year, really. oh, no. oh, no! oh, going to lose to iowa. look at big nut, though. that's your friend right there? that was right there, he said. that was right there. unbelievable. who's this guy? big nut. these your two friends there?
>> they're fans for sure.
>> on the sideline you're over there with coach tressel and nick and bowman's up in the box. what do you say here?
>> atz pass. tressel was like, you know what? he sucks his teeth in his lip. that might be a good one.
>> that dag-gum sanzenbacher. that's great. look at the brutus guy. he's making sure the ref got the call. see him? you know who's in there, brutus? not a friend of yours?
>> i don't know who's in there.
>> big nut.
>> he's happy now.
>> he's thrilled, man. then you stick it in there on the goal line. all because of the two-minute offense, right? that's a great feeling, though. icing a game in the two-minute drive, isn't it?
>> i love winning, man. more than anything. that's one thing people don't know, i love it.
>> what's the snap count sound like at ohio state when you're underneath the center? when it's on long?
>> if it's long we say -- there's different varieties. red 8. full down, set. set, set. red 8, red 8.
>> sound like a dummy snap count? let's hear one.
>> ray, set, set! red 8, red 8, set, set! take off.
>> pretty sweet, man. you got a hard-count?
>> let's hear that. come on, give me.
>> we'll set the color on like blue. when we get the blue and you stop. red 8, set, set! set, set, set! blue 8, blue 8, set!dn
>> i never heard a snap count like that.
>> you got a good one, man. what do you know about this word here?
>> empty. everyone -- everyone out shutting me.
>> when you line up back there by yourself and there's no backs, what do you think the defense is going to do to you?
>> that's unbelievable. that you would put yourself in this type of a situation. man, you might as well just drive down the street in your car blindfolded. that's irresponsible and that is just awful. isn't it? that piss you off?
>> man. they stopped the game, man. they'll stop the game if this is the ravens on defense and they'll celebrate. suggs and ray lewis will stand over you like a dead man. come on, man. look at you laying there. you look like a honda crash dummy there. if i ever play against you, and i will someday, i will find you. i will automatic blitz your [ bleep ]. i will, i'll come after you. as soon as you line up in empty i'm going to tell derrick brooks, as soon as pryor comes out with that no back crap, you check to a code one blitz, whatever you want, hit him right under his chin. i'm tired of these empty blitzes smashing quarterbacks. look at the center. which way do you think he's pointing? which way do you think the right guard wants to slide?
>> to the right.
>> to the right. okay, which way is carson palmer saying to slide?
>> to the right.
>> where's the problem at?
>> to the right.
>> to the right. and jonathan vilma is the problem. they still don't block him. kaboom! if you're a quiet guy, you're just going to stand back there and go -- you know, we're going to go mike mike left, mike 34 right here, mike 34. he ain't going to pick that up. he ain't going to pick it up. if you do that on the practice field, it ain't going to be that important. it's not going to be picked up. if we're just going to wave our arms here, wave our arms and point, man, i'm going to walk up there, hey, hey! vilma! bang out there and rock that son of a [ bleep ]. know what i'm saying? get him! all right? because he's going to get me. and that will get all of us. because i got the ball. but don't let this happen. right?
>> and you got to get pissed off in empty. guys are code one. right? it's a serious matter because guys get houses dropped on them. look. take the conservative route. when in doubt, change the protection. or when in doubt, throw the ball away. but you will not take many of these hits. if you land on your right shoulder. when you sit down and you start calling all these pass plays, that's all a bunch of baloney. i could get you. i'll tell you zee in and zap, double dig, double comeback, two dagger y shot across, pass 94 punch blazer zee corner. all these things are great. but if you don't understand how the protections work, we got to be the dumbest serve alive. i evaluate you, see these throws you're making here? pretty undisputed you can make the throws. okay? and you can run like hell. and you can stiff-arm defensive linemen. so i'm challenging you to do is get more involved in your pass protection. you got me?
>> i really want to see you become the greatest decisionmaker in history. and take better care of the what?
>> the ball.
>> bad ball security. you can't be running around with that ball loosely away from your body or someone's going to strip it out. let's write down hot and cold. hot and cold. every game there are flashes of real hot. you are on fire. running, passing, audibling. and then there's one or two plays that i go, what is he doing? you know what i mean? ike right here i'm watching arkansas, sitting there thinking, terrelle pryor, mallett, i can't wait for this game. i see you going -- i call my dad. dad, did you see what pryor just did? he blew it! why you do that? i don't know why you do it. then the next play, i mean, you stand in there and get your face knocked off and you throw a bullet to sanzenbacher for a touchdown.
>> i changed the protection too.
>> i know you did. wasn't picked up. you make the throw of the year for ohio state, you get knocked on your [ bleep ]. my point to you is, it's in you to be great. it's in you. it's got to be more consistent.
>> you know what i'm saying? look at you. you go back to your bike?
>> yeah, that's my chill arm.
>> during the game, putting the foot on it, put on your little beanie and chill out on your bike.
>> yeah. cool down.
>> you like playing in the rain?
>> don't bother me.
>> don't bother me.
>> you throw the wet ball?
>> we'll find out today in that heat. every time you play in florida, that's what it feels like right there.
>> it actually feels -- it don't feel like that. it don't feel like that. that's pouring.
>> that's wet. slippy ball.
>> could you spin it?
>> i could feel it in the rain. we threw a couple.
>> i'm going to dump water all over that football today, see if you can throw it.
>> i could drive you crazy, man. got this raining ball here, playing at chicago, soldier field.
>>> what are you bringing to an nfl team?
>> spark. a quarterback that can run and bring spark and energy to a team.
>> what are some honest goals that you've set?
>> my main goal is one day getting -- making to it canton, ohio. hall of fame. just be the best quarterback i could possibly be. getting quarterback records and fill up the win column a lot more than the loss column.
>> do you feel good about where you are now, excited?
>> i feel good. i mean, i haven't had a lot of preparation to prepare for the nfl. but i think the preparation i have, and i keep on going forward and i'm learning a lot in the film room and stuff like that, i'm using it at every angle. getting the rest i need and training hard and recognizing that i need to emphasize on the throwing, the mechanics i need to work on.
>> want to throw a few? want to fire away?
>> let's do it, man. thanks for being here. i want to see how he's quickened his throwing motion and how much he can put on it. i really want to see how much mustard this big guy can get on the ball. let's go get out of the air conditioning. you're in the great state of florida now. down at back. air it out a little bit, terrelle. i like to see five good slants put in front of his numbers. love that. good. slow down here. you're like a workaholic. good, terrelle. good, good, good, good. you've got to be able to throw all kind of different footballs. it's going to rain. the ball's going to get slippery and it's going to get cold. i could drive you crazy, man. got this raining ball here, playing at chicago, soldier field. that thing's slippery. oh, case in point. the heat gets to everybody during these workouts. it's hot. heat index was 112 degrees on this field turf in south florida. all right, catch your breath here. now we're going to do the same route. what do you think of this, terrelle? i want you to give it your normal shotgun depth. just like you are on film, that left foot's slightly back, right? i'm going to feed you the shotgun snap. i want to see you screw that left one in. i want to see a one-step delivery. it's an all-out blitz. through the end of the summer this is what i want to do. we tried to simulate some pressure situations where he has to catch it and get rid of it quick and accurate before the pressure unloads on him.
>> where you going? where you want me to go?
>> i'm going to point. i clap my hands you find a guy whose hands up. you got me?
>> this right over here?
>> yeah. i'm hiding from you so you don't see where i'm pointing.
>> how do i know which way i'm going?
>> no, no, hang on here, hang on, just turn around. here i come. slow down. i want to see a good drop. ready? here we go. that way. this way. go, go. good. i want to see three or four seven-step drops from underneath the center and then maybe two five-steppers from the gun. hey, listen. hey, hey. i want to see this ball thrown one foot in front of his numbers --
>> i got you, coach. >> -- so he can run.
>> i got you.
>> it's tough coverage in florida, baby. bam! all right, okay, okay, okay. looking just around it. that's it. good. i cover any of you guys, you lose your scholarship. you got to eat off the floor for a week. you with me? hang on here. i'm the cover guy. you understand? come on. what i want right there. the pregame ohio state deal. try to hit the field every saturday.
>> hook on. i say combat, you say ready. i say combat, you say ready. i say huh, you say hoo!
>> i like a lie goose a listener, a guy who can absorb what you're saying and put it to work on the grass, in the drill. and i think terrelle did a nice job of that. i do think at the end of the day he's remorseful, he's the guy that understands he's made some bad decisions. and it's cost him. i do think that there's a real silver lining here. this guy's got a chance to really be not only a great kid but he's got a chance to be an excellent football player.
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