There has been debate all over the board in regards to how well "spread offense" Quarterbacks can make the transition in to the NFL. The majority of college football teams run some form of spread or another.
Tony Pike, Quarterback for the Cincinnati Bearcats this past year happened to be in a "spread-style" offense led by Head Coach Brian Kelly who later took a job at Notre Dame as the Head Coach. Throughout Pike's career at Cincinnati, he has had some fairly decent receivers. People have questioned Pikes arm strength and I am not sure why. He may not be the guy that's going to throw it down field 70 Yards but he has been known to throw the ball on a line in to tight windows 20-30 Yards downfield. In my eyes, I would rather have a Quarterback on my team that can throw the ball the 20-30 Yards on a rope down field than a Quarterback that throws it 50-60 inaccurately... kind of one of those no-brainers through my view. Pike, while healthy, demonstrated this multiple times through his collegiate career.
Below the jump, I will post some of Pikes highlights, stats, and provide a projection and summary...
This video is a bit longer than the others I have had in these pieces, but it highlights everything that Pike is both good at and needs to work on at the next level. He has very good field vision and most of the time throughout the feed here, he makes quick decisions and usually they are the right ones.
AWARDS AND HONORS:
- 2009 Second Team All- Big East
|2009 Regular Season Game Log||Passing||Rushing|
|9/12||Southeast Missouri State||W 70-3||17||23||229||73.9||54||3||0||200.60||1||1||1.0||1||1|
|9/19||@Oregon State||W 28-18||31||49||332||63.3||45||2||1||129.57||6||15||2.5||9||1|
|9/26||Fresno State||W 28-20||18||26||300||69.2||56||3||0||204.23||4||15||3.8||13||0|
|10/3||@Miami (OH)||W 37-13||23||42||270||54.8||35||2||1||119.72||1||3||3.0||3||0|
|10/15||@South Florida||W 34-17||12||25||140||48.0||27||2||0||121.44||5||-15||-3.0||12||0|
|10/24||Louisville||W 41-10||Did Not Play or did not accumulate any stats.|
|10/31||@Syracuse||W 28-7||Did Not Play or did not accumulate any stats.|
|11/7||Connecticut||W 47-45||Did Not Play or did not accumulate any stats.|
|11/13||West Virginia||W 24-21||2||4||16||50.0||10||2||0||248.60||0||0||0.0||0||0|
|2009 Postseason Game Log||Passing||Rushing|
|ALLSTATE SUGAR BOWL||@Florida||L 51-24||27||45||170||60.0||22||3||0||113.74||7||-12||-1.7||8||0|
SUMMARY AND PROJECTIONS:
The biggest concern for Tony Pike has been his size and with that size brings durability concerns. Pike stands 6'6 but weighed in at the Senior Bowl under 220. When Pike reaches the NFL, he will have to sprinkle steroids on his Wheaties in the morning and wash it down with a nice HGH Shake. On a serious note, he will have to gain some weight. A good 10 LBS should do it...maybe a few more for good measure. Pike should be selected somewhere in the 2nd or 3rd Round and is a top 100 Player.
Possibilities -- 2nd Round (33-64), 3rd Round (65-96)
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