TAMPA — Former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor is the latest NFL hopeful to work out at USF with ESPN analyst Jon Gruden. Pryor threw passes to Bulls players on Monday afternoon with ESPN cameras filming.
Gruden brought several top quarterbacks to Tampa before the draft, including No. 1 overall pick Cam Newton of Auburn of the Carolina Panthers, and USF's practice fields were used for the on-field instruction part of Gruden's QB Camp, which gave a closer look at a strong draft class of quarterbacks.
ESPN says the one-hour Pryor episode will air at 9 p.m. June 30 on ESPN, with a rebroadcast immediately after at 10 on ESPN2. The show will have a different format from the other Gruden QB shows, with Rece Davis hosting and other segments to update the NCAA investigation at Ohio State and other storylines surrounding Pryor.
Pryor, the most prominent player in an NCAA investigation that ultimately cost coach Jim Tressel his job, is preparing for the NFL's supplemental draft. He said he spent six hours Monday morning watching and breaking down video with Gruden — a major part of the ESPN show — and said the chance to work with the former Bucs coach was a great opportunity.
"There's too much to learn from him. I enjoyed the time," Pryor said. "He's a great coach and a great mentor. I'm just trying to get better."
Pryor said his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, has asked him not to speak with the media about his draft preparations. He said he was returning to Miami: "I've got some training to do."
Gruden, who had his sons and some teammates of his son Deuce from Carrollwood Day School meet with Pryor, declined an interview request as he left USF's practice fields.
Pryor talked with USF coach Skip Holtz and some of his assistants (including defensive coordinator Mark Snyder, who was on Tressel's staff for the 2002 national championship) after the workout, along with Bulls quarterback B.J. Daniels.