Pryor: 'I'd dominate' in the spread option

Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor won't be joining Cameron Newton and three others for the Heisman Trophy presentation this weekend in New York.

But Pryor thinks if he played in an offense like Newton does at Auburn, he'd be bound for midtown Manhattan.

Pryor, a finalist for the Chicago Tribune's Silver Football award, had some interesting things to say to the newspaper about how he'd fare in a spread offense. The Tribune will announce the Silver Football winner Friday, and the finalists are Pryor, Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson and Purdue defensive end Ryan Kerrigan.

While Pryor could earn the Silver Football, he didn't receive first- or second-team All-Big Ten honors this fall. The Big Ten coaches picked Northwestern's Dan Persa as their first-team quarterback, while the media went with Robinson. Wisconsin's Scott Tolzien was the coaches' second-team pick, while the media went with Persa.

From Brian Hamilton's story:

Pryor is not revered like Auburn's Cam Newton. He's not the equal of Dan Persa, Denard Robinson or Scott Tolzien, according to the all-conference voting. But as a starter at Ohio State, he's 30-4. He would like you to remember this.

"I'll put it like this: You put me in any of their offenses -- any of them -- and I'd dominate," Pryor said, when asked about the attention afforded the likes of Newton, Robinson and Persa. "I'd dominate the nation. What those guys do, that's what they're supposed to do in their offense. They carry the ball 30 times a game. I carry the ball maybe five times. There are times I didn't even run the ball in a game. You put me in any of their offenses, where I can run the ball and have a choice to throw, I would dominate college football."

This brings us back to an oft-asked question regarding Pryor and Ohio State: Would the Buckeyes be better off running the spread?

Ohio State has struggled to establish a true offensive identity since Pryor became the starting quarterback in 2008. Head coach Jim Tressel likes to base his scheme off of what he sees from the opposing defense. Ohio State has lined up in the I-formation, the pistol, the shotgun and other sets with Pryor calling the signals.

On the other hand, Ohio State's offense has made strides this season, and so has Pryor. The Buckeyes rank 11th nationally in scoring (39.4 ppg), 14th in rushing (219.7 ypg) and 19th in total offense (448.8 ypg). Pryor ranks 14th nationally in quarterback rating and 26th in total offense. While he's running the ball less than he did the past two seasons, Pryor remains a threat to take off, as he showed on a critical fourth-and-10 play at Iowa on Nov. 20.

And the Buckeyes continue to win. They are 30-4 with Pryor as the starting quarterback and have won three Big Ten titles with No. 2 in the backfield.

If it ain't broke ...

"We could have done better, but I'm 30-4," Pryor said. "I want nothing else but to win. If I was having a lot of stats and I was losing, I would really be kind of mad. My competitive nature wants just to win, by any means. By any means, win. That's all I really care about, to tell you the truth, man."

Can't argue with that.