Coming out of high school in 2008, one would have thought Terrelle Pryor was going to be unbelievable, and that he would lead the Ohio State Buckeyes to undefeated seasons and national titles. He was the #1 ranked player in the country according to Rivals.com. Heisman trophies and other hardware were sure to be in Pryor’s future, but that hasn’t happened yet. Pryor has somewhat underachieved while at Ohio State and so has his team in a weak Big Ten Conference. Underachieved or overrated? Heck, Pryor isn’t even among the two best quarterbacks in his own conference.
Cameron Newton is what Terrelle Pryor was supposed to be.
Newton is polished both as a passer and a runner. Newton was the #28 overall player when he signed at Florida in 2007. In his first year as a starting quarterback in the SEC for Auburn, Newton has been virtually dominant in every aspect of the game – even off the field. He runs around defenses and through defenses like Pryor used to in high school, and he’s doing it in the toughest conference in America. When defenses creep up to the line to stop the run, he drops it in for an 80-yard touchdown pass. He is, without a doubt, the best player in the country this year and some are arguing ever. The Heisman will have his name on it in a few weeks.
Just take a look at this year’s stats from each player.
Terelle Pryor has thrown for 2,551 yards and 25 touchdowns. He has rushed for 639 yards and four touchdowns. Pryor has 29 total touchdowns.
Cam Newton has thrown for 2,254 yards and 24 touchdowns. He has rushed for 1,336 yards and 18 touchdowns. Newton has 42 total touchdowns.
Their measureables are the same, but the debate will go on forever until the two either race on a campus near you or settle it in your local bar on arm wrestling night.
Whether the proof is in the statistics or the fact he is doing what he is doing in the best conference in the country, Newton owns Pryor.
Sorry Big Ten, but our #2 is better.
Which quarterback do you think is more dominant?