COLUMBUS--Who says you can't go home?
Terrelle Pryor returned to Ohio Stadium and flourished like he did for the Buckeyes. However, this time as a receiver--not a quarterback. Pryor caught two touchdown passes in the Orange & Brown scrimmage, including a 75-yard strike to end the scrimmage from Josh McCown.
Pryor was banished by the NCAA for five years for his involvement in the tattoo scandal that ultimatum cost Jim Tressel his job at Ohio State. The ban ended last month. He was able to come to Ohio Stadium with the Browns a year ago for the scrimmage, but didn't play due to a hamstring injury.
Pryor, who was overshadowed in Friday night's scrimmage by Corey Coleman caught three passes on the opening drive of the game for the Brown team from Robert Griffin III for 48 yards, unofficially to set up the first score a 43-yard field goal by Patrick Murray.
Pryor then caught a five-yard touchdown pass from Griffin III on a jump ball in the end zone to make the score 10-3 for the Brown team. On the final series of the scrimmage, Pryor took off and beat Mikell Everette on a 'go' route and McCown hit him in stride for the 75-yard score. Pryor high-stepped the final 10 yards into the end zone and proceeded to lead the crowd in a 'O-H-I-O' cheer.
Pryor unofficially, finished with six receptions for 128 yards and two touchdowns. Pryor also could've had a long pass completion throwing as he took a toss from Griffin III and threw deep to Marlon Moore, who couldn't bring the pass down.
Hue Jackson said they weren't trying to highlight Pryor because he was returning to Ohio State.
“No. You know what’s interesting – one night it could be this guy, the next night it could be that guy," Jackson said. "No, he wasn’t. We didn’t set it up that way. Obviously, that’s the way it’s going to be for our football team. One day, it might be Corey, another day it, might be Terrelle and the next day it might be Hawk (Andrew Hawkins). It could be a lot of different people, and that’s the fun part about our offensive football team. We have some guys that can make some plays.”
Jackson was pleased with what he saw of Pryor.
“He’s done a tremendous job," Jackson said. "There are a lot of guys that I can say that about, but he’s definitely one. He has taken this opportunity and he is trying to make the most of it. Remember I drafted him with (late Raiders Owner) Al Davis when he came out to Oakland. He couldn’t do any football for six weeks, and he wanted to be a quarterback. That is what really he believed he was.
"I’ll never forget last year when he was with me in Cincinnati for a little while and wanted to be a quarterback," he said. "I didn’t have enough confidence to ask him to change positions at that time, and that’s why we let him go to be honest with you because I felt like he needed to make a decision about what he needed to do. He has a close friend of mine named Craig Austin. I said tell him that maybe he needs to play receiver and do it full time. He made that decision, and he has never looked back. I think we see the fruit of his hard work. That’s what it is. He’s worked extremely hard and that’s what you see.”