CAREER: Underrated senior who took over the starting role at left defensive end over the latter part of the 2004 season and has held it since…Skilled pass rusher who combines size, strength and speed and has tremendous upside…Has excellent quickness and agility…In three seasons, has played in 32 games and started 15 times…Has career totals of 73 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, nine sacks, 26 QB pressures, two fumble recoveries and one pass defensed…His 26 QB pressures leads all returning players, and his nine sacks is third…Criminology major.
2005 (JUNIOR): Starting left defensive end…Played in 10 games, missing two with injuries, and started eight times…Led the team with 14 QB pressures…Ranked 15th on the team with 24 tackles (11 solo), four tackles for loss, two sacks and one pass breakup…Made three tackles and four QB pressures in the season opener at Florida State…Tallied three tackles, including one for a loss and three QB pressures in Game 2 at Clemson…Was a nemesis all game in the Colorado backfield, turning a season-high five QB pressures and making one tackle…Registered five tackles (four solo), with one tackle for loss and one QB pressure vs. South Florida…Played just 16 snaps vs. Duke before suffering a bruised knee and leaving the game with three assisted tackles and one QB pressure…Did not play the next week at Temple…Moved back into the starting rotation vs. North Carolina and turned in three tackles and one pass breakup…Made one assisted tackle and one QB pressure at Virginia Tech…Did not play a week later at Wake Forest because of a knee injury…Did not start but played vs. Georgia Tech, making three tackles, including a sack for a 12-yard loss…Started vs. Virginia, notching two solo tackles…Did not start in the Peach Bowl vs. Louisiana State, but split time with Calais Campbell at left end and made four tackles (three solo), with one sack for minus-10 yards.
2004 (SOPHOMORE): In his second season, played in 11 games, starting the final five games…Finished the year with 19 tackles, two tackles for loss, three sacks and five QB pressures…Did not play in the season opener vs. FSU, then saw his first action against Louisiana Tech (no tackles)…In his first significant playing time of the season at Houston, notched three tackles, a half sack and one QB pressure…Registered two tackles and a QB pressure at Georgia Tech…Recorded one tackle vs. Louisville…Notched two tackles, including a tackle for loss at NC State…Made one tackle in limited action at North Carolina…Started his first game of the season vs. Clemson, registering one tackle for loss…Started at Virginia but had no tackles…Started against Wake Forest and made three tackles, his first full sack of the season and two QB pressures…Started vs. Virginia Tech and made one tackle, one QB pressure and a half sack…In the Peach Bowl vs. Florida, started and made five tackles (three solo) and one sack.
2003 (FRESHMAN): Played in 11 games, making two starts (West Virginia and Syracuse)…Recorded 26 tackles (16 solo), including four sacks, two recovered fumbles and seven QB hurries…Registered two tackles (one solo) and a sack in his first college game at Louisiana Tech…Had a then-career-high five tackles (three solo) against East Carolina…Made first career start against West Virginia, recording two solo tackles…Recorded one tackle in Miami’s 22-14 win at Florida State…Made two tackles at Virginia Tech…Registered six tackles (three solo) against Tennessee, including 1.5 tackles for loss and one sack…Recorded three tackles, including one sack for 11 yards in a start against Syracuse…Had two tackles against Rutgers…Made one sack in UM’s win over Pittsburgh to clinch the Big East title and earn a berth in the Orange Bowl.
HIGH SCHOOL: Miami Central…As a junior in 2001, made 54 tackles and had nine sacks…Rated the nation’s No. 26 defensive lineman and the No. 17 player in Florida by Allen Wallace’s SuperPrep…SuperPrep All-American…The No. 55 prospect in the nation on The Insiders.com Top 100…Member of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100…The No. 14 player on the Orlando Sentinel Florida Top 100…First-team selection on the Fox Sports Net All-South Team…Chose Miami over Rutgers, Florida and OklahomaThe No. 17 player in Florida…Coached by Tony Saunders.
PATA’S CAREER STATISTICS
BRYAN PATA’S CAREER BESTS
Total tackles: 6 (at Tennessee 2003)
Solo tackles: 3 (3 times; last: vs. Florida 2004)
Assists: 4 (vs. South Florida 2005)
Sacks: 1 (9 times; last: vs. Louisiana State 2005)