Spring Recap: DE Bryan Pata

Spring practices concluded last Saturday with the defense producing nine sacks and two interceptions on the day. Defensive end Bryan Pata had a solid spring and looks forward to the 2005 season.

NAME: Bryan Pata
HOMETOWN: Miami, Fla.
POSITION: Defensive End
NUMBER: 95
HEIGHT: 6-4
WEIGHT: 275
YEAR: Junior

CAREER GAMES/STARTS: 22/7
CAREER STATS: 45 tackles, 10.5 for loss, 7 sacks
HONORS: 2003 1st Team Freshman All-Big East (Sporting News)

SPRING REVIEW: Pata was nearly unstoppable when going up against inexperienced offensive linemen. He has been working on his speed throughout the spring and did show better sustained explosion, but still needs to continue working on his speed.

2005 OUTLOOK: Pata will be the team's starting left defensive end and is poised for a breakout season. He has good strength and is particularly tough against the run. His NFL future depends on the success of his 2005 season.

SPRING ARTICLE: "Pata Working On Speed"

Q&A WITH BRYAN PATA

What are your thoughts on the spring game on Saturday?

"The first team defense forced three-and-outs the whole first quarter. The defensive line racked up nine sacks total and we were constantly in the backfield."

You were able to make some sacks during the game and you were constantly in the backfield, what are your thoughts on the way you played?

"It went pretty well for me personally. I was able to get to the quarterback and make some sacks."

Defensive coordinator Randy Shannon has stressed finishing the play this spring, can you elaborate on that?

"We have been taught all spring to finish plays. Last season whenever we would get near the quarterback, we would miss a sack. This spring we concentrated on getting to the quarterback and making the play. Today, we did a good job of that and hopefully we continue it during the season."

How would you evaluate the performance of the defense this spring?

"If I were to grade our defense, I would have to say we would get an A. Our offensive line had a lot of guys hurt and couldn't really block us this spring."

Personally, how would you evaluate your performance?

"Personally, I would give myself a B."

Why not an A? What were some things that you still want to improve on?

"I want to get better at my pass rushing skills. I have the run down and can play it well, but I need to improve on my pass rushing."

The defensive line has a number of guys returning to the team this year, are you excited about the guys coming back?

"The rotation we have is real good--that is what we need to have. We needed to have that last year too. We have more speed this year at the ends and tackles."

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