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DawgPost Breakdown: Tackle

With the loss of multi-year starters John Theus and Kolton Houston, the Bulldogs need two guys to step up this summer and win the starting job. Tackle is a big question mark for the offense at the moment, but the future is bright.

Kendall Baker, Redshirt Sophomore:

A new name that has emerged as a starter this spring is Atlanta native Kendall Baker.  The 6-foot-6 310-pound Baker has gained solid weight since his arrival in Athens, and has stood out this spring at the tackle position.  Baker has been lining up at left tale for much of the spring, and iis in a great position to start there come September.

Baker struggled a bit during  the G-day scrimmage, especially against the quicker D'Andre Walker, but the coaches really like what they see out of Baker so far.  Look for Baker to see plenty of playing time this upcoming season.

Greg Pyke, Senior:

The massive senior has the size off a guard, but the experienced senior has been working out at right tackle this spring.  At 6-foot-6 313-pounds, the former lacrosse player from Maryland has great athleticism for a lineman, and is versatile enough to play all over the line.

Pyke was one of the best lineman in the conference two years ago, paving the way for Todd Gurley and current star running back Nick Chubb.  He was excellent in run blocking, and many thought he  would continue to be the best in the country during 2015.  Unfortunately, Pyke regressed and the offense regressed with him.  With new offensive line coach Sam Pittman in charge, look for Pyke to possibly return to dominance, but this time at tackle.  He could still start at either guard position, but right tackle looks like his position as of now.

Isaiah Wynn, Junior:

Maybe the best lineman from last season, Wynn is another versatile lineman who could start at either guard or tackle for 2016.  Wynn played some tackle last year and did a nice job, so there is a chance he play more tackle in the fall after working as the starting left guard during the spring.

At 6-foot-2 278-pounds, he doesn't have ideal size, but he moves well and has long enough arms to have success at the tackle position, even though like Pyke, he might be better suited at guard.  While the offense struggled throughout the year last year, Wynn was often a bright spot at times.  Look for Wynn to have another big season in 2016 no matter where he plays on the line.

Redshirt freshman Pat Allen, redshirt  freshman Sage Hardin, and Junior Aulden Bynum will at depth to the position group.


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