Twenty-three days remain until Georgia kicks off its season opener against Buffalo on Sept. 1. In the days counting down to the opener, DawgNation will profile, with our “Around the Hedges in 80 Days” series, a Bulldogs player we expect to make an impact. We will review each player’s career thus far and project his long-term potential as we progress through our alphabetical list, from center David Andrews to receiver Rantavious Wooten.
23. Greg Pyke
Freshman, Offensive line
6-foot-6, 327 pounds
Fall forecast: Pyke has not jumped toward the top of Georgia’s offensive line rotation like fellow freshman John Theus, but Pyke’s issues early in camp are pretty common for a freshman. Perhaps it is still possible for Pyke to play in some capacity this fall, but we would not be shocked to see him take a redshirt like Bulldogs offensive linemen often do.
Possible career impact: Offensive line coach Will Friend complimented Pyke for his strength and athleticism -- he was a star lacrosse player at his Baltimore high school -- this week, so it is easy to imagine him working his way into the lineup eventually. He is already plenty big enough to play, so that won’t be an issue. Pyke simply needs to adjust to a significant increase in the level of competition and to grow comfortable carrying out his duties on the line with consistency. That process typically takes time for an offensive lineman.