Ranking the Big Ten: Terrelle Pryor, No. 8

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Ranking the Big Ten's top 30 players ...

No. 8

Terrelle Pryor, QB, Ohio State, So., 6-6, 235

Why he's here -- Pryor's placement in the rundown sparked more debate than that of any other player. Some of you thought I'd leave him out entirely. Others thought I'd follow the "company line" and put him at No. 1 or No. 2. At this point in his career, eighth seemed like the appropriate spot for the extremely talented Ohio State sophomore.

Listen, I see that Pryor still has a long way to go as a passer. Ohio State finished 10th in the league and 105th in pass offense (150.2 yards per game) with him at the helm. His inconsistency on short and intermediate throws proved costly at times. But the rankings are also about potential, and any level-headed observer can see Pryor has plenty of it.

Keep in mind he was just a true freshman last fall, and he came up big in games against Michigan State, Wisconsin and Illinois. Aside from Florida's Tim Tebow and Baylor's Robert Griffin, there might not be a more dangerous running quarterback in the country than Pryor. He appeared to make the necessary strides in the offseason and should contend for All-Big Ten honors this fall after winning the league's Freshman of the Year award in 2008.

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