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#59 Greg Pace
Position: Long Snapper
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 240
Year: Junior
City/State: Hinsdale, Ill.
High School: Central
Experience: 2 Letters

2005 (Sr.)—CU’s long and short snapper, only the second player in school history to earn four letters for this particular specialty (joining Chris O’Donnell from the late 1980s).  He was one of just nine players to earn prestigious Victory Club honors, as selected by the coaching staff, based on a winning productivity grade in at least eight games.  CU’s special teams player of the week for the Texas A&M game, with 12 perfect snaps (seven placement, five punt).  He played in all 13 games, and for his career, he played in 50 total, including bowls, making him one of just four players to see action in 50 or more games at Colorado.  Longsnap.com selected him as one of nine seniors with pro potential to watch during the 2005 bowl season.  He won the Bill McCartney Award in the spring, as presented by the coaching staff, as the outstanding special teams player, no easy achievement on the team that Phil Steele’s College Football ranked as having the No. 1 overall special teams unit in the NCAA.  He was the co-champion this July at the SnapDoctor.com college combine for snappers, an invitation-only event that featured 35 Division I performers.

 

2004 (Jr.)—He earned his third letter as he played in all 13 games including the Houston Bowl on special teams, serving as the team’s long and short snapper.  He was the first player since the 2000 season to handle both chores for the length of the entire season.  He snapped all 69 on the punt team as well as all 53 for placements, with the 122 snaps combined the most since 1990 (when Chris O’Donnell snapped the same number).  He also added two solo tackles covering punts.

 

2003 (Soph.)—He played in all 12 games on special teams, as he was the snapper for field goals and extra points.  He saw action for 50 snaps on the unit, and was perfect on all but one occasion when one snap was a bit low. He was the only non-kicker or punter on the roster who didn’t line up at an offensive or defensive position.

 

2002 (Fr.)—He played in 12 games, including the Alamo Bowl, all on special teams as the short snapper on the field goal/PAT unit.  When he made his first appearance in the Southern California game, he became the first freshman walk-on to play at Colorado since 1986, when wide receiver Jeff Campbell did so (two other frosh walk-ons joined him later in the season.   He saw action for 60 snaps on the unit, doing well for a true frosh in some pressure situations.  He practiced some at defensive end, but settled pretty much into his specialist role once the season started.

 

HIGH SCHOOL—As a senior, he earned all-conference honors playing on the defensive line, when he racked up 70 tackles, 11 for losses, including six quarterback sacks.  He lettered twice in football, as he also had 50 tackles (eight for losses, four sacks) as a junior.  He was also his team’s long snapper both seasons, and won several special team awards in the state for his performance at the position as he attended special camps throughout his high school career specifically teaching special teams skills.  As a senior, AFS listed him as the top Division I long-snapping prospect in the nation.  In the summer prior to leaving for college, he was the MVP at the Chicago Combine specifically for specialists.  Hinsdale was 9-2 his senior year, winning the league championship, and was 6-3 his junior season under coach Ken Schreiner.  He also lettered twice in wrestling (215-pound classification), as he was a sectional qualifier as a senior, when he was also a captain.  He was also a team captain for track, as he lettered twice in the shot put (55-0 best) and discuss (155-0); he earned all-conference honors as he was a two-time conference champion in the shot put, in which he qualified for the state meet his senior year.   Overall, he earned six varsity letters in the three sports.

 

ACADEMICS— He is majoring in communication at Colorado (and earning a minor in history), and was named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll for the spring 2003 semester.  An honor roll student in high school, he was also an active committee member on SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions).

 

PERSONAL— Born May 3, 1984 in Hinsdale, Ill.  Hobbies include water skiing (which he can do barefoot), and impersonating the characters from Family Guy.  He has also worked as a camp counselor and a youth baseball coach, and has done volunteer work with the Wellness House Cancer Awareness and Pop Warner Football.  His father (Greg, Sr.) played football at the University of Illinois; his mother (Patsy) was a world-class swimmer and skier; she competed twice in the pool at the Pan American Games and skied the downhill and giant slalom.  An uncle (Bill Dickenson) was a defensive tackle at Cornell, and his twin cousins are on the water polo team at Miami of Ohio.  His younger brother (John) is also a long snapper in high school.

 

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