Thursday, December 31, 2009


LOS ANGELES — Thursday morning in Los Angeles, Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel addressed the media about the health of Buckeyes sophomore quarterback Terrelle Pryor.

Pryor, who stated that he had been playing a portion of this season with a partially torn knee ligament, gave many Buckeye fan a scare going into Friday's Rose Bowl showdown with the seventh-ranked Oregon Ducks.

Tressel made it known that Pryor is completely healthy and ready for battle, and that his knee injury hasn't been an issue for many weeks.

"(Pryor's) very healthy," Tressel said Thursday. "He can move around very, very well. We mentioned back in November that we were hobbled a little bit. Obviously, we as coaches don't talk about what injuries are, nor do the trainers or doctors.

"But obviously, young people can, if they choose to. And so really those first couple weeks in November, we weren't quite where we had been. But he's done a good job of rehabbing and had a good bowl practice."

Tressel stated that he didn't see any setbacks with his talented quarterback.

"Didn't see any hints of any problems there, back in Columbus or here.

"I'm sure he's ready to go."