The file on Terrelle Pryor
High School Phenom
Pryor was a highly touted recruit out of high school. He was ranked number one overall by Rivals in the 2008 class and won multiple national player of the year awards. He committed to Ohio State to play QB.
Early Success at Ohio State
Pryor won the starting job early in his freshman year, and had immediate success. He was named 2008 Big-Ten Freshman of the Year and was selected as All Big-Ten Honorable Mention.
Controversy Surrounds Pryor
On December 23, 2010 the NCAA ruled that Pryor would be suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season for selling memorabilia. Following the suspension, the NCAA and Ohio State began investigating multiple vehicle purchases made by Buckeyes players, namely Pryor. Amid all this controversy, Pryor decided to withdraw from the university, and did so on June 7, 2011. On June 26, 2011, Pryor was banned from all contact with the university's athletic program, making him eligible for the NFL's Supplemental Draft.
Mr. Davis Selects Pryor
The Oakland Raiders selected Pryor in the third round of the 2011 Supplemental Draft on August 22, 2011. The selection of Pryor was Owner Al Davis's final draft pick, and fully encompassed Davis's penchant for fast, strong players with gobs of athletic potential.
Pryor saw little action over his first two seasons with the Silver and Black, but was named the starting QB for the final game of the 2012 season after Carson Palmer suffered injury. It has been widely reported that Owner Mark Davis, (Son of Al) strongly urged Coach Dennis Allen and GM Reggie McKenzie to make this move. Pryor threw for two TDs and ran for another against the Chargers in his first pro start.
Competing for the Job
Pryor went into the 2013 season expecting to compete for the starting job with newly acquired Matt Flynn and rookie draft pick Tyler Wilson. On the strength of a stellar camp and preseason, Pryor earned the starting job.
Pryor Breaks Out
Pryor began with a bang in week one of the 2013 season. He set a record for rushing yards by a Raiders QB with 112 on just 13 carries in a close loss to the Colts.
Week two provided more success for Pryor, this time coinciding with the Raiders' success as they handily defeated the Jaguars.
Pryor saw his first period of extended struggle in week 3 as the Raiders were walloped by the Broncos and he sustained a concussion in garbage time.
After being inactive for the Raiders in week 4, Pryor returned to have his best game yet as a Raider in their week 5 win over the Chargers. Pryor was 18-for-23 and threw two TDs with no interceptions, posting a QB rating of 135.7.
Traded to Seattle
The Raiders traded Pryor to the Seattle Seahawks on April 21, 2014 in exchange for a seventh-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.