The Breakdown: Quarterbacks

With Ohio State's football camp set to begin in almost two weeks, it's time to take a look at the Buckeye roster for what is expected to be a big 2010 season. Introducing The Breakdown, which profiles each player on the squad and takes a look at who's in the pipe at each position as well. The series starts today with OSU's quarterbacks.

2 – Terrelle Pryor
6-6, 233
Jeannette, Pa.
Career: Took over the Ohio State starting role three games into the 2008 season, completing 100 of 165 passes (60.6 percent) for 1,311 yards, 12 touchdowns and four interceptions. Also ran 139 times for 631 yards (4.5) and six touchdowns while catching one pass, a 5-yard touchdown. Started the entire 2009 season, going 167 of 295 (56.6 percent) for 2,094 yards, 18 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Ran 162 times for 779 yards (4.8) and seven scores.

Standout Performances: Passed for 266 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 72 yards in a 26-17 win against Oregon in the 2010 Rose Bowl. … Threw for three touchdowns against both Toledo and Indiana in 2010; also ran for 110 yards and a touchdown vs. the Rockets. … Threw for 239 yards and two scores against Minnesota while rushing for 104 yards and a touchdown.

Honors And Accomplishments: 2008 Big Ten Freshman of the Year. … Only the second Buckeye quarterback (Art Schlichter) to start a game as a true freshman. … Preseason 2009 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year. … Ranks 11th among Ohio State career total offense leaders with 4,808 yards. … Fifth Buckeye quarterback to ever rush for more than 1,000 career yards (1,403). … Holds two of the only three games in OSU history in which a QB has rushed for 100 and passed for 200 yards in same contest.

Outlook: Coming off that Rose Bowl showing, Pryor enters the season as the undisputed starting quarterback and a contender for the Heisman Trophy if everything breaks right. Everyone knows about his running abilities, but Pryor's ever-improving game management and passing abilities will be the true keys.

Coach Comment: "He's so much more relaxed in the pocket right now where he's able to see the full field instead of half the field or even one receiver. He sees the full field right now and is able to find his second and third receivers. It's experience and it's also learning the game a little bit more." – OSU quarterbacks coach Nick Siciliano

14 – Joe Bauserman
6-1, 233
Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln
Career: After three years in the Pittsburgh Pirates minor league system, Bauserman arrived at Ohio State for 2007's fall camp. He did not play that season and has seen limited action since, completing 9 of 25 passes for 146 yards in his career over 11 games.

Outlook: Siciliano insisted Bauserman was the second stringer behind Pryor during spring ball, but Guiton's emergence means there could be a battle for that spot in the event something happens to Pryor. Bauserman's experience should give him an edge.

Coach Comment: "Joe has got a maturity level and a calmness about him because he's competed at a high level before. He doesn't get frazzled. He's very calm in the huddle. He's a good leader. He throws the ball extremely well. He's slithery enough to be able to get in and out of danger, and that's a good thing." – Siciliano

13 – Kenny Guiton
6-2, 190
Houston Eisenhower
Career: A late addition to the class of 2009, Guiton redshirted a season ago. He won over many Buckeye fans in the 2010 spring game, completing 11 of 21 passes for two touchdowns, including a 45-yard game winner to Taurian Washington in the final minute.

Outlook: Guiton should continue to push Bauserman for the backup role, but it would take an injury to Pryor or other such freak occurrence for either to see extended time. The goal for Guiton is to continue to improve with the hopes of competing for the starting job in the future.

Player Comment: "When I first came in, I don't think my arm was anywhere near college level. Right now I think I'm all right. I still don't think I'm there, but I think I'm all right. (Redshirting) was very hard. At times I got mentally discouraged and I talked to my mom a lot. She told me it's for the best to redshirt. I was all right with it after a while."

19 – Taylor Graham
6-2, 225
Wheaton (Ill.) North
Career: Graham arrived at Ohio State as a three-star prospect and the No. 51 quarterback in the nation according to Scout. Graham suffered a knee injury that curtailed his senior campaign, and his junior season was cut short by an ankle injury after five games, in which he passed for 460 yards and six scores. Graham is the son of former OSU signal caller Kent Graham.

Outlook: Graham can expect to redshirt in 2010 with eyes on making an impact in future seasons.

Coach Comment: "We had to do a good amount of film study. We had him at camp here this past summer and got to work with him individually and from his film study and what we saw from him in camp he was a guy we felt we needed to have in our program." – Siciliano

17 Justin Siems (6-2, 216): Arrived as a walk-on for the 2009 spring season to provide depth and has not seen the field in game action. He completed 4 of 10 passes for 18 yards and an interception in the 2010 spring game. He is expected to provide depth in the quarterback room for OSU.

Committed for 2011 Braxton Miller, Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne, 6-3½, 199 pounds; Scout's No. 1 QB in 2011. Miller, the nation's No. 4 overall prospect, has started his first three seasons for Wayne and has the tools to be a future star at OSU.

2011 ProspectsCardale Jones, Cleveland Glenville, 6-5, 230; Scout's No. 24 QB in 2011.

Top 2012 Prospects Jameis Winston, Hueytown, Ala., 6-3, 180; Collin Michael, Lexington, Ohio, 6-5½, 201.

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