UC’s DT #99 Alex Pace – Madden Champ and NFL Hopeful

Senior defensive tackle #99 Alex Pace is one bad man. At 6’2” and nearly 300 lbs., Pace was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He didn’t start playing football until his junior year in high school when he played defense for Ted Ginn, Sr.’s famous Glenville team. He was just looking to get out of the house and found he had a knack for the defensive line. Alex played high school football with a ton of D1 talent. He was ranked a 3-star recruit and the #50 athlete in Ohio. His sister is currently garnering D1 interest as a basketball and volleyball player. She is actually taller than he is!

Last year he played all season, tallying up 26 tackles, including 4.5 for loss. This year he is a vital piece of the defensive line and already has 9 tackles through 3 games, and a sack.

When asked about the rivalry game this week, Pace was quick to explain he fully anticipates to see the best Miami has to offer. The Redhawks “will play on Saturday like the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl,” despite their 0-3 record.

Pace has always wanted to wear #99 and before him, UC defensive star Dan Giordano wore the same number.

Pace looks to try out for the NFL after this season. He is on pace to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice in December. If the NFL does not work out, he plans to enter the police academy. He has already interned for the Cincinnati Police Department.

Outside of football, Pace loves to travel and hangout with his teammates. Although humble, Pace is also the best Madden football player on the team, and he does so in embarrassing fashion with his hometown Cleveland Browns. Don’t just take his word for it. Every player he have spoken with this season credits Pace as the Madden champ.

By Andy Smith