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Ohio State's life without Terrelle Pryor

With the help of the competition, a look at how OSU will look in 2011 without Pryor

Updated: June 23, 2011, 4:32 PM ET
By Josh Cooper | ESPN Insider
Braxton MillerDavid Dermer/Getty ImagesBraxton Miller has great physical tools. But replacing Terrelle Pryor won't be easy for OSU.

When ESPN Insider ran its Summer Stock preview of Ohio State on May 27, the Buckeyes still had Terrelle Pryor on their roster as their starting quarterback. Things are much different now (that's without even going into Jim Tressel's Memorial Day resignation), as the Bucks will have a new starting signal-caller running the show in 2011. Here's an updated look at OSU's outlook now that No. 2 has moved on:

What happens when a football team loses its fastest player, who also happens to have its strongest arm and best offensive instincts? Just ask the Ohio State Buckeyes, who will play the entire 2011 season without quarterback Terrelle Pryor. The Buckeyes hope the answer will be positive, though the results will probably be mixed.

"You don't get the type of rating and respect he's gotten by not being a great talent and a great player," Illinois defensive coordinator Vic Koenning says. "I felt like he was one of the better players in the country."

The Buckeyes got a head start in initially preparing for Pryor to miss the first five games because of suspension. But his recent departure from Columbus adds a different dimension to next season.