Name: Christian Pace
Weight: 280 lbs.
High school: Avon Lake High School in Avon Lake, OH
Class: Redshirt freshman
Jersey number: #64
Last year: I ranked Pace #86 and said he would redshirt. He redshirted.
Pace was only 259 lbs. last year, which is roughly what I weigh after Christmas dinner. But I’m not trying to play offensive line in the Big Ten, so he needed some time to grow. He has grown since then, adding 21 lbs., which still isn’t enough. The last time I saw Pace, 330 lb. defensive tackle William Campbell was teaching (er, forcing) him to moonwalk back into the path of running backs.
Pace did make appearances at guard this spring, which means he could be a backup in multiple locations. However, there are still several guys on the roster who can play center (David Molk, Ricko Khoury, Elliott Mealer, Ricky Barnum) that would probably be better options than the 280 lb. Pace. We’ll probably see him on the field this year against, say, Eastern Michigan. But that might be it.
Prediction: Backup center/guard
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