One of the team's top returning tacklers and one of Wake's all-time sack leaders ... one of the ACC's top returning defensive linemen ?the projected starter at left end entering the season ?coaches feel he is the best athlete on the defensive line ... has already garnered numerous preseason honors ?a preseason All-ACC selection as well as the nation's 20th-ranked defensive end by The Sporting News ?also rated third in the ACC and 20th nationally at his position by Lindy's ?a preseason honorable mention All-America as well as an All-ACC pick by Street & Smith's ?Athlon also named him to their All-ACC team ?has great size and has the potential to be an outstanding pass-rusher ... true team leader that will be counted on heavily ?great athlete who has the love for the game ?ranks second behind NFL star Michael McCrary on Wake's career sack list, and needs nine more to become the school's all-time leader ?also ranks seventh all time at WFU in career tackles for loss (32) ?tallied four tackles in the spring game ?met gold standards in all eight categories tested in the weight room following spring workouts.
2001: Enjoyed a breakout season in 2001... earned All-ACC second team honors ... started all 11 games at defensive end ?finished sixth on the team with 62 total tackles ... owned a team-best 10 sacks and ranked second with 18 tackles-for-loss ... his 10 sacks tied as the second-best season total in school history while his 18 TFL ranked as the fifth-best season total ?finished the year ranked fourth in the ACC in tackles for loss and in QB sacks ?also produced a team-high four forced fumbles ... recorded two sacks at ECU and finished the game with 10 total tackles, two quarterback hurries and a forced fumble ... had three total tackles, one forced fumble and one quarterback hurry versus Appalachian State ... had five tackles (two solo), a sack, 1.5 tackles for loss (-3 yards) against Maryland ... served as a game captain at Florida State ... had two tackles against the Seminoles ... recorded nine total tackles (six solo), two TFL, one sack and two quarterback hurries against NC State ... had five total tackles, two tackles for loss (-11 yards) and one sack for -8 yards at Duke ... recorded four tackles as well as one pass breakup and one quarterback hurry against Clemson ... recorded two tackles, including one for loss, and four quarterback hurries against Virginia ... gave a stellar performance against North Carolina, recording nine tackles, including a career-best eight solo stops, four tackles for loss (-12 yards), two sacks for a loss of five yards and one forced fumble against the Tar Heels ... totaled six tackles, two TFL (-15 yards) and two sacks against Georgia Tech ... recorded six tackles, including three tackles for loss and three solo stops versus Northern Illinois.
2000: Earned the Beattie Feathers Award as the most improved defensive player during spring drills in 2000 ... saw action in all 11 games in the fall, starting 10 contests at defensive end ... ranked fifth among Deacon defenders in tackles, totaling 50 on the season ... tallied 33 solo stops and 18 assisted tackles ... also led the team in quarterback sacks with nine for -67 yards ... ranked sixth among ACC sack leaders ... also responsible for five quarterback hurries ... recorded at least one sack on five of the eight ACC opponent QBs ... began the season with a five-tackle night versus Appalachian State ... notched four tackles and a sack at Clemson ... recorded five tackles and two sacks versus Virginia ... recorded his first forced fumble and fumble recovery at Maryland after sacking the quarterback ... finished with three tackles, including two sacks for -22 yards against the Terps ... recorded six tackles, including a sack versus Duke ... had a stellar day at Navy, recording a career-best and team-leading 12 tackles with four tackles for loss (-13 yards) ... had two tackles, including a sack at NC State.
1999: Saw action in the final eight regular season games on defense and on special teams ... impressed the coaches with his skill and hard work in his first season of play ... recorded four tackles, including two sacks (-12 yards) ... also had one pass breakup ... registered his sacks against UAB and North Carolina ... also had a tackle in WFU's win over Arizona State in the Jeep Aloha Bowl.
1998: Redshirted as a true freshman and was a valuable member of the Deacon scout teams.
Background: Played both outside linebacker and quarterback for his Lithia Springs HS squad under coach Homer Hector ?started on the varsity for three straight years ?turned in an excellent senior campaign with 88 total tackles, five caused fumbles and three fumble recoveries ?earned all-region and county defensive player of the year honors in 1997 ?also named to the all-metro squad in the Atlanta area while serving as team captain for the Lions ?selected to play in the Florida-Georgia All-Star Game ... concentrated on football for the most part as a prep athlete, though he did play one year of basketball.
Personal: Majoring in Sociology ... will turn 22 two days after hosting North Carolina - born October 28, 1980 in Detroit, Mich. ?son of Calvin, Sr., and Nancy Pace ?has a younger sister, Simone (12).
Pace’s Career Statistics
Year G-GS UT AT Total PB FF FR TFL Sacks 1999 8-0 4 0 4 1 0 0 2/-12 2/-12 2000 11-10 33 17 50 0 1 1 12/-74 9/-67 2001 11-11 36 26 62 1 4 0 18/-65 10/-56 Career 30-21 73 43 116 2 5 1 32/-151 21/-135Most Tackles: 12 at Navy, 11/18/00
Most Unassisted Tackles: 8 at North Carolina, 11/10/01
Pace Up Close
Nicknames: P-Diddy, Diddyman
Favorite food: sushi
Favorite class at WFU: Tennis
Words that describe me on the football field: off the chain
If I were President of the U.S. for a day, I would: throw a party in the White House
The athlete who inspires me the most is: Ray Lewis, no one can stop him on the field
Most people don't know I: watch cooking shows
My pre-game ritual includes: joking around with Montique Sharpe
My ultimate SportsCenter highlight would be: sacking Donovan McNabb to break the NFL sack record
My craziest ambition is to: become a professional golfer