(ALAMEDA, Calif.) — The Oakland Raiders will go with second year quarterback Terrelle Pryor in the season finale against the San Diego Chargers on Sunday.
Pyror was taken in the third round of the supplemental draft by Oakland in August 2011 and in starting in place of Carson Palmer, who was injured against the Panthers last Sunday.
“I’m nervous. Until the first play I’m going to be nervous,” Pyror said on Friday. “I’m human like you guys. I’m human like everybody. I just happen to play one of the best sports in the world. I’ll be nervous until the first snap.”
This will be Pryor’s first start since the Sugar Bowl for Ohio State against Arkansas on Jan. 4, 2011.
“We know what his strengths are, we know what his weaknesses are,” Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said Friday. “But really, to give him an opportunity to go out in a game, against a division opponent, at their place, and give him a chance to play, it gives us a view into the future.”
San Diego head coach Norv Turner was asked about what the Chargers defense can expect when lining up against the kid.
“He’s a guy that can run and get on the edge and give us some problems,” said Turner on Friday. “We’re going to have to do a great job with our defensive front and keeping him contained.”
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN