Pryor to be named Parade's top player
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The honors keep piling up for Terrelle Pryor.
Pryor has won just about every player of the year award on the district and state levels, and now he has won a prestigious national honor.
Pryor has been selected Parade magazine's national player of the year for the 2007 season. His selection, and the Parade All-American team, will be announced in Sunday's issue of Parade.
"He was sort of a consensus choice among people that we talk to across the country," said Doug Huff, one of the major contributors to the committee that picks the player of the year.
Parade has selected a player of the year since 1983. Running back Emmitt Smith and quarterback Tim Couch are a few former winners of the award.
Pryor is actually the third player from the WPIAL to win the award. North Hills linebacker LaVar Arrington won it in 1997, and Washington running back Brian Davis in 1985.
"This is a pretty big award, and it's an honor to be mentioned with some of those great players," Pryor said. "But what also means a lot to me is what our team did this year."
Jeannette was 16-0, won WPIAL and PIAA Class AA titles and outscored opponents, 860-152.
"We take a look at a lot of things. Obviously, we look at talent, but also team performance," Huff said. "The only question mark was him playing at a lower level. But just his versatility and the fact that he did so many things -- running, passing and defensively. That was probably the tiebreaker for him over other quarterbacks and running backs."
Pryor rushed for 1,899 yards (13.3 yards per carry) and completed 87 of 130 for 1,889 yards. He also was a standout at safety.
This is the second national award Pryor has won. In December, he was named USA Today's national offensive player of the year.
First Published January 28, 2008 12:00 am