- Fred Pagac Jr.
- United States
- Dublin, OH
- High School
- Dublin Coffman
- Current Team
- Ohio State
- 1999, 2000, 2001
Major: Marketing (2001), Undeclared (1999-00)
Weight: 225 (2000-01), 230 (1999)
2001 Media Guide: Fred Pagac has battled injuries throughout his career, but stayed healthy during spring practice and goes into the fall full of optimism … very sound fundamentally and has a thorough understanding of the game … has worked hard to bulk up his frame since enrolling at Ohio State … named to the Big Ten’s All-Academic team.
2000 Season: Began the season as the probable starter at middle linebacker, but wound up playing just one game (Miami in Week 3) because of an ankle injury … did not have any tackles … medical redshirt.
2000 Media Guide: Fred Pagac grew up with a football in his arms and it shows. The son of Ohio State assistant head coach Fred Pagac Sr. and a Columbus-area product, Pagac is an extremely smart linebacker that plays bigger than his size. He’s an expert on football fundamentals and rarely misses a tackle. Pagac is recovering from a broken right tibia suffered last season five games into the year against Wisconsin. He is expected to be back to 100 percent by the beginning of the season. “There haven’t been any problems with his recovery,” Brian Williams, linebackers coach, said. “He’s coming back nicely. He’s got great football awareness because he’s been around the game his whole life.” Pagac will enter the year as the primary backup at middle linebacker and should continue to show the kind of progress made in the five games last year prior to the injury.
1999: Played in five games before breaking his right tibia against Wisconsin … made 11 tackles on the year, including seven solos … was the team’s leading freshman tackler prior to the injury … logged a total of 40 minutes, including a season-high 15 against Ohio … made a season-high four tackles against Ohio, including his first career TFL … made three tackles in the Wisconsin game before sustaining the injury early in the fourth quarter … first career tackle came in the season opener against Miami.
High School: Selected first-team Division I all-Ohio by the Associated Press as a senior … considered a Top 10 linebacker prospect nationally by The National Recruiting Advisor … rated as the No. 3 prospect in the state of Ohio by The Ohio Football Recruiting News and No. 16 prospect in the Midwest by the Detroit Free Press … a USA Today honorable mention All-American … recorded 98 tackles with eight sacks as a senior in leading Dublin Coffman to an 8-2 record and the Ohio Capital Conference divisional title … had 110 tackles and six sacks as a junior … the son of Bernie and Fred Pagac.
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