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USC football: Taylor Mays says Terrelle Pryor is 'like a pterodactyl'

September 8, 2009 |  2:05 pm


It’s not often that USC safety Taylor Mays looks across the line of scrimmage and sees a skill-position player larger than himself.

But the 6-foot-3, 235-pound Mays will be doing that on Saturday when the Trojans play Ohio State and 6-foot-6, 235-pound quarterback Terrelle Pryor.

“He’s tall and long, like a pterodactyl,” Mays said, referring to the prehistoric winged bird.

Pryor alternated in last season’s 35-3 loss to the Trojans at the Coliseum and rushed for 40 yards in 11 carries.

“I remember a couple times he broke out and we just corralled him -- and that’s what we’ve got to do again this year,” Mays said. “But I don’t think he’s going to run as much because I know he can sit back in the pocket and throw the ball a little bit better.”

-- Gary Klein

Photo: Ohio State's Terrelle Pryor. Credit: Jay LaPrete / Associated Press