DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 6, 2018 -- ETSU redshirt senior offensive lineman Matt Pyke (Clinton, Tenn.) is gearing up for this weekend’s FCS Bowl, which will be played Sunday afternoon in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Pyke, who is coming off his final season in the Blue and Gold, earned the Southern Conference Jacobs Blocking Award and landed first team all-conference honors. The Buccaneer offensive lineman started all 45 games for the Bucs since the program restarted in 2015, and he is also one of the original members of ETSU’s first signing class in 2014. This past season, Pyke played 789 of the 795 possible snaps for the Bucs, while his blocking helped ETSU rush for over 100 yards nine times as well as four games with over 200 rushing yards.
Pyke is excited for this opportunity to help showcase his talent and represent ETSU.
“This is a blessing to be able to represent ETSU, while playing against some of the best talent that the FCS has to offer,” Pyke said. “This is the first of three bowl games I have been invited to, with the others being The Podyum All-Star Bowl in Miami and The Dream Bowl in Virginia.”
This weekend, Pyke will play on the National Team, which is coached by Mike Stock. Stock has coached 26 years at the collegiate level and 17 years in the National Football League, including stints with the Cincinnati Bengals, Kansas City Chiefs, Washington Redskins, St. Louis Rams and Green Bay Packers.
Sunday’s game will be streamed live online via FloFootball beginning at 1:30 p.m. Click hereto access live video.
Pyke is the second Buccaneer player to represent ETSU in this bowl game as defensive back Ryan Powers (Jupiter, Fla.) played in 2016.
ABOUT THE FCS NATIONAL BOWL (from FCSBowl.com)
The FCS National Bowl is an annual post-season college football all-star game consisting of the top players from college football FCS schools. The inaugural FCS National Bowl was played in December 2014 at FIU Stadium and moved to Daytona Beach Stadium in Daytona Beach, Fla. in 2016, which is home to FCS Bethune-Cookman. The National Bowl and FCS Bowl all-star weekend for non-FBS schools has been the only games of its kind to attract numerous NFL & CFL scouts.
Players travel to the National Bowl weekend from places such as: Texas, Arkansas, Oregon, Colorado, Michigan, Utah, South Dakota and more. The FCS National Bowl and National Bowl Game are presented by East Preps, LLC and founded by its owner Michael Quartey Esq., also a Professor of Sports Law at Holy Family University in Philadelphia, Pa.
The rosters gives NFL/CFL scouts a chance to view and get to know some of the best players from smaller schools over the bowl weekend. The FCS National Bowl is coached by pro coaches and features coaches such as Mike Stock. The game has been attended by scouts from the NFLs Los Angeles Rams, Kansas City Chiefs, Atlanta Falcons, Miami Dolphins, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles and Chicago Bears. All 32 NFL teams receive and review the FCS National Bowl film as the game and practice film are distributed directly to all NFL teams by NFL Films.
ABOUT THE PODYUM BOWL (from showcase.thepodyum.com)
The Podyum Bowl will be held Dec. 27-30 in Miami.
Podyum is bringing together the best players from every collegiate level to compete in the All-Star Bowl, and includes the top prospects from around the world. It's our mission to provide athletes who have been overlooked with the platform to perform in front of scouts of every level of football.
The All-Star Bowl is aimed at providing athletes and families with the inside knowledge of what it takes to play pro ball. Talks led by NFL agents, scouts, and trainers will provide our athletes with the blue print of what they need to succeed.
After introductions on Thursday evening, Friday morning will include a full combine where athletes will test their athletic ability. After the combine, athletes will put on the pads and let the competition begin. After practices on Friday and Saturday, the athletes will suit up for their game on Sunday which will be live streamed on Facebook.
ABOUT THE DREAM BOWL (from DreamBowl.net)
The Dream Bowl will be held the weekend of Jan. 18-21 at Salem Football Stadium in Salem, Va.
The Dream Bowl will host a CFL Scouting Combine on January 18, 2019 for each of the players participating in the Dream Bowl. The Scouting Combine will be run by NFL & CFL Scouts. The Combine results will be certified for use by the Dream Bowl athletes to get them to the next level. Scouts and agents will be attending all practices and the Dream Bowl game.
Coaches from the top colleges in the country have been involved in our game planning. The Dream Bowl will have no restrictions on play calling, coverages, and blitzes during the game. This will allow every player to display their full skills and talents without limitation.
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