Big Ten rankings: No. 7, Terrelle Pryor

The Big Ten preseason players rankings, based on past performance and 2010 potential, continue with ...

No. 7: Terrelle Pryor, QB, Ohio State, Jr., 6-6, 233

2009 numbers: Named Rose Bowl MVP after recording 266 pass yards, two touchdowns and 72 rushing yards in win against Oregon; led Ohio State and ranked eighth in the Big Ten in rushing average (59.9 ypg), tops among the league's quarterbacks; added 2,094 pass yards and 18 touchdowns, while throwing nine of his 11 interceptions in the first six games of the season.

Most recent ranking: No. 13 in the 2009 postseason player rankings.

Making the case for Pryor: Pryor's ranking obviously has more to do with 2010 potential than past performance. But his last impression was a very good one, as he put it all together in Ohio State's Rose Bowl win against Oregon. Pryor never will be the most polished passer in college football, but he doesn't have to be. If he continues to improve his footwork, makes good decisions and spreads the ball around to his receivers, he'll be very dangerous this fall because of the constant threat to run that he brings. After the Rose Bowl, Pryor deserves a little more freedom on offense, and he'll benefit from two very good receivers (DeVier Posey and Dane Sanzenbacher) and a veteran offensive line. Pryor finds himself on all the preseason watch lists for national awards, but most folks definitely have a wait-and-see approach with the Buckeyes junior. One thing is certain: everyone will be watching Pryor this fall.

The rundown

  • No. 25: Wisconsin DE J.J. Watt

  • No. 24: Illinois RB Mikel LeShoure

  • No. 23: Iowa DT Karl Klug

  • No. 22: Northwestern LB Quentin Davie

  • No. 21: Michigan State QB Kirk Cousins

  • No. 20: Ohio State LB Brian Rolle

  • No. 19: Wisconsin QB Scott Tolzien

  • No. 18: Iowa QB Ricky Stanzi

  • No. 17: Ohio State WR DeVier Posey

  • No. 16: Wisconsin LB Chris Borland

  • No. 15: Wisconsin G/C John Moffitt

  • No. 14: Indiana WR Tandon Doss

  • No. 13: Purdue WR Keith Smith

  • No. 12: Ohio State LB Ross Homan

  • No. 11: Wisconsin LT Gabe Carimi

  • No. 10: Purdue DE Ryan Kerrigan

  • No. 9: Ohio State G Justin Boren

  • No. 8: Penn State G/C Stefen Wisniewski