GREG PYKE: It’s All About That..Line

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GREG PYKE: It’s All About That..Line

Offensive lineman Greg Pyke
(Photo by Sean Taylor)
[su_spacer size=”20″] A recent ranking of offensive lineman by Matt Brown (Sports On Earth) reminded me that offensive firepower can be traced directly to the talent of a team’s offensive line.
[su_spacer size=”40″] Brown places one of Georgia’s offensive lineman (Greg Pyke) in his top 25 with another meriting an honorable mention (John Theus).  With 4 returning starters and potentially nationally ranked players like Pyke and Theus, Georgia should be in good position to protect its rookie quarterback and unleash its stable of running backs.
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15. Greg Pyke, G, Georgia. Todd Gurley and Nick Chubb are two of the most talented running backs in years, but partial credit for their ability to average over seven yards per carry goes to the offensive line. The best of the four returning starters who will block for Chubb this year is Pyke, a right guard who broke out as an All-SEC performer in his first season in the lineup.
[su_spacer size=”10″] A 6-foot-6, 313-pound junior, Pyke put his athleticism to work as a standout lacrosse player in high school.”I was so much bigger than most of the guys, and I was always getting penalized for a high stick to the neck,” Pyke told the Times Free Press last year. “I would get so many penalties in lacrosse that I figured I might as well play a contact sport in which hitting was encouraged.”

Source: Ranking the top 25 offensive linemen in college football.
[su_spacer size=”40″] Depth will continue to be an issue along Georgia’s offensive line in 2015. However, based on comments by Greg Pyke during spring workouts, conditioning should not be a problem:
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Greg is closing in on 15 years writing about and photographing UGA sports. While often wrong and/or out of focus, it has been a long, strange trip full of fun and new friends.