Spartan Digest Look At 2012 QB

One quarterback the Spartans could be looking at for the Class of 2012 already has a double-digit list of verbal offers. Here is a breakdown of Zeke Pike out of Kentucky.

While most people just look at quarterbacks throws on film, we look hard at the ability to run and make things out of nothing.

RUNNING THE BALL

Play One

Quarterback keeper by design, Pike runs through the hole and lowers his shoulder to finish the play running over a defensive back. On this play, I like how Pike is willing to wait for the hole to open up, and at the end be the aggressor in giving a hit.

Play Two

Another designed keeper that Pike takes for a big gain. Again, shows good patience in letting the play develop and shows a burst. Pike is not a running quarterback. However, as I have seen over the years, having a player capable of running when needed at take a hit is a must.

Rest Of Running Plays

At 6-foot-5, 225-pounds, Pike can be physical when running the ball. He does a great job of letting the play develop and not rushing it. The willingness to lower his shoulder and deliver the blows shows Pike is hard to bring down.

THROWING THE BALL

The continued development of Zeke Pike as a quarterback is the reason so many programs have offered so early. Pike shows the ability to throw the outs, while also hitting the short dump-offs as well as hitting the deep ball.

Pike continues to get better at going through his progressions while keeping his feet moving and placing his body in a position to make the throw. Arm strength continues to get better and his release is getting smoother and quicker.

Pike does a good job of moving the pocket and keeping plays alive.

FILM

The following highlights are for the final two games of this season as well as from playoff games just a few weeks ago.


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