Notebook: Bauserman Creating Separation? Pryor Headed for Greatness?
By Brandon Castel
COLUMBUS, Ohio —Wide receiver DeVier Posey spent the better part of his first three seasons at Ohio State working with one quarterback.
Photo by Jim Davidson
The two became close during their time in Columbus, sometimes too close, and it occasionally led to some questionable decision-making off the field. But on the field, Posey and Terrelle Pryor had developed a kind of chemistry that had them primed for a big senior season together.
Instead, Pryor is embarking on a new career with the Oakland Raiders while Posey is left to break in a new quarterback at Ohio State. He has missed a chunk of fall camp because of a hamstring injury, but it has given him a chance to sit back and watch the quarterback battle unfold.
“I really think Joe (Bauserman) has set himself apart this past week,” Posey said Sunday during Ohio State’s media day.
Photo by Jim Davidson
“For me sitting back and being able to watch, that’s what I’ve been able to see. The timing has gotten really good and Joe’s ball placement has been really well.
With Pryor sidelined by his off-season foot surgery, Bauserman was taking most of the snaps with the first-team offense back in the spring. He opened fall camp as the front-runner to win the starting job, but not everyone was convinced he could do it.
Until now, Bauserman has struggled to show the type of consistency it would take to hold off competition from Braxton Miller and the other quarterbacks. He seemed to lack the leadership and competitive fire it takes to play quarterback at Ohio State, but something seems to have finally clicked over the past week.
“Joe is a veteran guy, I call him the old man. He’s definitely been acting that way. He’s been doing really good,” Posey said of the 26-year old senior.
“Joe’s really set himself apart with his timing and his throws. Guys like him, Philly (Brown), Verlon (Reed) and Chris Fields, and (tight ends) Jake Stoneburner and Jeff Heuerman have been getting on page and getting their timing together.”
Getting on the same page as his receivers might be the single most important thing for a quarterback who has never started a game in his collegiate career. In fact, Bauserman hasn’t started a football game since his days at Lincoln High School in Tallahassee, Fla. back in 2003.
Meanwhile, Ohio State’s other ‘option’ at quarterback is fresh off an impressive performance in the 2010 Division I state championship game against St. Edward.
“Braxton is athletically one of the most gifted kids at the position that I’ve seen, with the things he can do in the pocket,” Posey said.
Pryor Headed to Oakland
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As for Posey’s former quarterback, Terrelle Pryor was drafted (to no one’s surprise) by the Oakland Raiders Monday in the third round of the NFL’s Supplemental Draft. It seems they are still not sure where they plan to use the 6-6, 230-pound Pryor, but his Pro Day workout was too good for Al Davis to pass up.
“I heard he ran well, I’m not surprised about that. I’m not surprised about him throwing well either, he’s been working tirelessly through this time since spring ball,” said Posey, who came to Ohio State with Pryor back in 2008.
“We’ve talked and I’m just excited for him. He’s been itching in his pants to get out there and show people what it’s really about—playing football.”
A Raiders source told ESPN's John Clayton that the team is looking at Pryor more as receiver than a quarterback, but Adam Schefter says that they are still interested in the possibility of playing Pryor at quarterback.
That is still where Posey sees him at the next level.
“No question. That kid can play. He can do some special things,” Posey said.
“That’s one thing people don’t understand, he’s made progressesions in every point of his game. He was asked to do some things that’s not easy for a freshman to do.”
The original plan was that Pryor and Posey would both come back and play out their senior seasons in Columbus following a five-game suspension to start the season. That plan was altered with Jim Tressel’s sudden resignation back in May, and Pryor soon followed his former coach out the door.
“You don’t want to see a friend go,” Posey said.
“I’ve been around here when friends left—guys like Lamaar Thomas and Willie Mobley—and when you see those guys leave it’s hard. I just felt that emptiness when the guy left.”
Now Posey will get to watch his friend on Sundays, along with former Ohio State cornerback Chimdi Chekwa, a fourth-round pick of the Raiders back in April. Posey’s brother Julian—picked up by the New York Jets—will face off against the Raiders in week three, but Pryor will be in the midst of serving his league-imposed five-game suspension.
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