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