Mark Richt: Greg Pyke Could Step in at LT

ATHENS - Greg Pyke’s name was mentioned first last week by Georgia coach Mark Richt when he was presented the scenario about who might step in for John Theus if the starting left tackle had to leave a game.

Pyke, on the Outland Trophy watch list for nation’s top interior lineman, doesn’t think it would probably play out that way.

“No, I’m probably not going to be the backup left tackle,” Georgia’s starting right guard said with a laugh Tuesday on the first day of preseason practices. “There’s probably going to be someone before he would put me in there. Hopefully if we stay healthy like we did last year, John stays in there the whole time.”

Redshirt sophomore Aulden Bynum actually got second team reps at left tackle on Tuesday. How they line up in practice doesn’t mean how they would roll in during a game because coaches often shift players around looking for the next best man up.

As expected, Brandon Kublanow got first team work at center on Tuesday and Isaiah Wynn manned the starting left guard spot.

Kublanow is still transitioning to the position after working there at the end of spring practices. An exchange between Kublanow and quarterback Faton Bauta resulted in a fumble at the start of one practice period.

“Brandon is taking his position change very seriously,” Richt said before practice. “Just what  I saw in some walk-throughs, I was very pleased.”

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