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Published: Thursday, 10/7/2010

OSU End Zone: 10-07

BY MATT MARKEY
BLADE SPORTS WRITER

The “pop” heard ‘round the Big Ten world came last Saturday when Terrelle Pryor's left quadriceps decided to zag just as he zigged through the Illinois defense. Ohio State fans gasped, then panicked. Pryor hobbled around like Chester from Gunsmoke, but returned to the fray.

There's a flood watch, suicide watch, wrist watch and even Bay Watch, but what commenced is a thigh watch. OSU fans need something to fret over, and Pryor gave it to them. We don't know if he hurt his vastus lateralis or his rectus femoris, but it seems to be his upper leg, somewhere.

Getting specific information from Ohio State coach Jim Tressel is tough, since his answers to those queries give the impression he is auditioning for the project foreman's job on the Tower of Babel. Some claim HIPPA and FERPA were written on the Tressel model. He likes to say players are “dinged up,” which describes the '84 Chrysler in the neighbor's drive, but not a bone or a ligament.

In his time at Ohio State, Pryor has had an elbow injury, knee injury that required surgery, and now this — whatever it is. Before you conclude that at the tender age of 21 he's had more ailments than grandma, remember people are trying to hurt him.

Ignore what Suzanne Summers says and don't send Pryor that ThighMaster. He'll heal, because you can't execute the Heisman pose with a non-functioning thigh.

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