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Posted on Tue, Aug 3, 2010 : 1:19 p.m.

Big Ten player poll: Ohio State's Terrelle Pryor exciting, overrated

By Dave Birkett

CHICAGO - Terrelle Pryor wasn’t at Big Ten football media days, but the Ohio State quarterback still generated plenty of buzz.

In an survey of 11 Big Ten players, Pryor was the landslide pick as most exciting player in the league and received votes as the Big Ten’s most overrated player.

“He’s exciting. Either way though, sometimes,” one player said.


Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor is the most exciting player in the Big Ten Conference ... or the most overrated, depending on who is questioned.

Every player was granted anonymity for the survey and told they couldn’t vote for their own teammates, coaches or stadiums. Some chose not to answer every question. The results:

Who’s the most exciting player in the Big Ten? Terrelle Pryor, Ohio State - 8 Adrian Clayborn, Iowa - 1 Denard Robinson, Michigan - 1 Comment: “I’ve seen how fast he is.” N/A - 1

Who’s the most overrated player in the Big Ten? Terrelle Pryor, Ohio State - 3 Tate Forcier, Michigan - 1 Keith Smith, Purdue - 1 Nick Toon, Wisconsin - 1 N/A - 5

Which Big Ten coach would you most like to play for? Kirk Ferentz, Iowa - 4 Comment: "They just always have such a well-coached team." Joe Paterno, Penn State - 3 Jim Tressel, Ohio State - 3 Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern - 1

Which coach would you least like to play for? Rich Rodriguez, Michigan - 3 Comment: “I just see him headlining ESPN for all the wrong reasons.” Bret Bielema, Wisconsin - 1 Tim Brewster, Minnesota - 1 Mark Dantonio, Michigan State - 1 Bill Lynch, Indiana - 1 Joe Paterno, Penn State - 1 Ron Zook, Illinois - 1 N/A - 2

What Big Ten stadium has the best atmosphere? Penn State - 5 Comment: "Just the whole college town atmosphere and the white out." Ohio State - 3 Michigan - 1 Iowa - 1 Wisconsin - 1

What Big Ten stadium has the worst atmosphere? Northwestern - 9 Comment: “They got like a high school stadium.” Indiana - 1 N/A - 1

Dave Birkett covers University of Michigan football for He can be reached by phone at 734-623-2552 or by e-mail at Follow him on Twitter @davebirkett.



Thu, Aug 5, 2010 : 12:41 a.m.

leave it to ann arbor to rate TP2 the most exciting and the most overated. It relects your team.haha.


Tue, Aug 3, 2010 : 5:55 p.m.

"In an survey of 11 Big Ten players..." That's quite a sampling. Lets see... 11 Big Ten teams... 85 Scholarships per school (we'll ignore walk-ons) = 935... 11 players surveyed... (insert math) That's a grand total sampling of about 1.2% of the Big Ten players. I could be wrong, but I'm not sure that's a fair enough amount to reach any valid conclusions.

Jaxon Boyfriend

Tue, Aug 3, 2010 : 4:19 p.m.

I think it is no big surprise, pryor is overrated, please - there isn't an intelligent person on earth that doesn't know this. He plays on a fairly good team, that makes him look good - no mystery here.


Tue, Aug 3, 2010 : 3:02 p.m.

The fact Rich Rod was voted the coach the players would least like to play for says in all.


Tue, Aug 3, 2010 : 2:19 p.m.

he got No votes in the "who would you like to play for", he won the "who would you NOT WANT to play for", and the Big House got one vote for most exciting. Thats a pretty lack luster result. So basically, Big Ten players from other teams dont respect or understand what Rodriguez is doing, and those are the people who know the most about the game.


Tue, Aug 3, 2010 : 1:35 p.m.

Good to see RR get some credit here....