Veteran Mac Pyle shows his versatility

He's veteran who's seen it all. Big wins, big losses and big hits. Fifth-year senior offensive lineman Mac Pyle showed his versatility on Saturday at Georgia when several teammates went down due to injuries. Before the game was over Pyle would see action left guard, right tackle in addition to his normal right guard position.

Pyle's experience and versatility helped the Commodores pull out their first ever win on the home field of a nationally ranked opponent. After left guard Josh Eames came out early in the first quarter with an injury Pyle filled in for him. Later, starting right tackle Elliot Hood came out because of fatigue to a pre-existing shoulder injury and Pyle saw action at his position. Incredibly, despite all the moving around, Pyle helped the Vanderbilt offensive line finish with zero sacks against two of the nation's best defensive ends.

Pyle said he had no problem playing left guard because it is very similar to his right guard position. However, right tackle was a position he had not played since his freshman year against Furman. Pyle credits offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell for having him ready to switch positions, "Coach Caldwell has been really good at getting us playing time at these positions just in case just in case of stuff like that . . . it's not too different playing left guard but when you get over to right tackle you've got people rushing up around you. You've got to have a little bit of practice at it. Luckily, coach Caldwell had me in there doing it a couple times in practice," said Pyle.

It's good news for a player who's traveled down a rough road. Pyle missed most of the 2004 season because of personal problems. Pyle then battled back in 2005 only to suffer from a season ending knee injury. Throughout 2006 Pyle has served in a key reserve role.

Caldwell was impressed with Pyle's performance, "He's a very smart player, that's why he can jump in and play several different places. He's been a great asset to have. You'll see him, if he keeps progressing, take over a starting role."

Next up for Pyle and his teammates is Steve Spurrier and his South Carolina Gamecocks. Kickoff is at 2 p.m. CST on Saturday at Vanderbilt Stadium.

NOTES: Coach Caldwell mentioned that left tackle Chris Williams dominated his opponent on Saturday. Williams was named SEC Offensive lineman of the Week.....Thomas Welch has been moved from tight end to the right tackle....Prior to the South Carolina game, 1,000 Jay Cutler bobblehead dolls will be distributed. While supplies last, fans with an admission ticket can receive the dolls from a booth near the team's Star Walk stadium entrance.....Saturday is Vanderbilt's homecoming. Vanderbilt ruined Georgia's homecoming last weekend. Saturday's game will be telecast on pay-per-view in selected Tennessee and South Carolina markets. The game might be telecast on ESPN Gameplan in markets outside of those two states but this has not been confirmed. Top Stories