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I was having a friendly debate today and I would like to get the opinion of my fellow Buckeye fans. When its all said and done, which one of these QBs do you feel will have the best overall career, based on individual and team success, Troy Smith, Terrelle Pryor, or Braxton Miller?? Also, if everything being equal and they all had a chance to play under the same coach, be it Urban Meyer or Jim Tressel, which player would you have preferred to be your starting QB??
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by anthony216 19 months ago
We're all dead men. Sadly, we cannot choose how but, what we can decide is how we meet that end, in order that we are remembered, as men.
Based on just the first 2 years: TP. TP was the most gifted athletically of the three and was a VERY good player for OSU
I think we all hope Braxton has the best career of three and is certainly talented enough to do so
Here's their statistics from their first two years...
Smith(JR): 68/122, 55.7%, 896 Yds, 7.3 Y/A, 8 TD, 3 INT, 134.2 QBR, 82 Att, 339 Yds, 4.1 Y/A, 2 TD
Smith(SR): 149/237, 62.9%, 2282 Yds, 9.6 Y/A, 16 TD, 4 INT, 162.7 QBR, 136 Att, 611 Yds, 4.5 Y/A, 11 TD
Smith: 218/359, 60.7%, 3178 Yds, 8.9 Y/A, 24 TD, 7 INT, 153.2 QBR, 218 Att, 950 Yds, 4.4 Y/A, 13 TD
Pryor(FR): 100/165, 60.6%, 1311 Yds, 7.9 Y/A, 12 TD, 4 INT, 146.5 QBR, 139 Att, 631 Yds, 4.5 Y/A, 6 TD
Pryor(SO): 167/295, 56.6%, 2094 Yds, 7.1 Y/A, 18 TD, 11 INT, 128.9 QBR, 162 Att, 779 Yds, 4.8 Y/A, 7 TD
Pryor: 267/460, 58.0%, 3405 Yds, 7.4 Y/A, 30 TD, 15 INT, 135.2 QBR, 301 Att, 1410 Yds, 4.7 Y/A, 13 TD
Miller(FR): 85/157, 54.1%, 1159 Yds, 7.4 Y/A, 13 TD, 4 INT, 138.4 QBR, 159 Att, 715 Yds, 4.5 Y/A, 7 TD
Miller(SO): 148/254, 58.3%, 2039 Yds, 8.0 Y/A, 15 TD, 6 INT, 140.5 QBR, 227 Att, 1271 Yds, 5.6 Y/A, 13 TD
Miller: 233/411, 56.7%, 3198 Yds, 7.8 Y/A, 28 TD, 10 INT, 139.7 QBR, 386 Att, 1986 Yds, 5.1 Y/A, 20 TD
Now here is Ohio State's record during these seasons.
Smith: 8-4, 10-2, 18-6 Overall
Pryor: 10-3, 11-2, 21-5 Overall
Miller: 6-7, 12-0, 18-7 Overall
Me, personally, I'm going to have to go with Braxton Miller. Smith didn't really break out until his senior season, and obviously he broke out in a big way, winning the Heisman. Miller and Pryor are similar in terms of passing, but Miller is clearly the better running QB. Plus, he led Ohio State to a 12-0 record, better than the other two QBs in their first two seasons. It's very close though, I have to say as a young Buckeye fan, I'm very lucky to have witnessed three of the best QBs in Ohio State's history.
"Your Mouth Keeps Signing Checks that Your Body Can't Cash"
troy smith was not 10-2 he only lost 1 game his senior year
That was a typo on my part, those were his redshirt Sophomore and Junior seasons. And also, I wasn't giving their records as a starter, I was giving the team record for those seasons. The reason I did this was because all of them appeared in many of the games they did not start (Zwick, Boeckman and Bauserman), and I could not find reliable data that showed which games the QBs started. Mostly due to laziness lol.
Terrell's Pryor would have been toooo good under urban.
Pryor did run a 4.36 at his NFL pro day. Documented and can be found easily using google search.
Braxton, I like his demeanor the best...For a leadership position, tTroy Smith was the MAN his senior year and I loved that, but Raxton will have Longer tenure at QB. TP. Great athlete, not respected by most of his teammates..not a great leader IMO.
Troy Smith by a large margin based on total career. Troy had a rifle arm and was a terrific scrambler. As Troy said himself, Brax may yet end up the best ever but not yet. Watching TP in the Rose Bowl replay today I was reminded how happy I am to not have to watch him throw any more. Amazing runner and athlete but not a great QB.
For me it's Pryor hands down!
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