A Look At Zeke Pike

Notre Dame has not joined the growing list of schools that have offered, but that does not mean the Irish are not looking hard at the Kentucky gunslinger. We look at some recent film to see why Pike might well fit into the Irish plans down the road.

When looking at quarterbacks the first thing everyone looks at is arm strength and film of them throwing the rock around the field. In this video look we will take a peek at some throws, however, it is the running of Zeke Pike that might make him a player the Irish look at down the road.

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 force he is capable of hitting a defender makes his hard to bring down. One of the things needed in a Brian Kelly offense is the ability to run for positive yardage. You do not have to be a speedster, however, you do need to be able to make something out of a broken down play. Pike is capable of doing this while taking a hit and getting back up.

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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