You saw his name on the conference SID SEC First Team list, now here’s an article at NFL.com about which guards and centers are already attracting the attention of pro scouts, with Pyke’s name at the top. Details:
1. Greg Pyke, Georgia
Maybe it’s my background in an offensive line family, but watching tape of Pyke absolutely made my day! In fairness, I don’t live the most exciting life anymore, but when I see a guard mash his opponents with pure power, good footwork and timing on combination blocks — that makes me happy. Pyke uses quick, choppy steps to get himself in position and then plays with a strong base to lock defenders out. And he loves to scrap on every snap. I’m getting fired up just typing this. He bends at the waist too often and needs to play with a little better pad level, but he’s going to open plenty of holes for Nick Chubb this year.
A good example of that mashing can be found at about the 1:05 mark on this clip of Chubb’s game against Auburn. It’s the play where Richt changed his mind and decided to go for it on fourth down – perhaps the key play of the game.
Pyke actually lined up outside his usual guard position there, but if you watch what he does on that play, he basically destroys everyone in his path. Chubb lines up on his inside shoulder and just follows him into the end zone.
Should be plenty more of that to watch this season.