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    John Henry Pace
    John Henry Pace


    Hinsdale, Ill.

    High School:
    Hinsdale Central

    Height / Weight:
    5-11 / 215


    Season Games Other Statistics
    2008 1
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    2009 13
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    2010 13
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    Career 27
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    Career: Walk-on long snapper who earned a scholarship in 2010 ... Team's primary long snapper for two years (2009-10) ... Consistent and trusted performer.

    2010: Played in all 13 games ... Handled all long snapping duties ... Academic All-Big Ten.

    2009: Played in all 13 games ... Handled all long snapping duties on punts and place-kicks ... Academic All-Big Ten.

    2008: Appeared in one game vs. Purdue.

    2007: Did not see action.

    2006: Attended the University of Miami (Fla.).

    High School: Lettered two years as cornerback, safety and long snapper at Hinsdale Central ... Helped lead the Red Devils to the West Suburban Silver Conference title (undefeated) and Class 8A state quarterfinals his junior year and the state semifinals his senior year ... Also lettered in track (sprinter and pole vaulter) ... 2006 College Board AP Scholar with Distinction Award ... 2004-06 West Suburban Conference All-Academic honoree ... National Merit Scholar ... NHS and Academic Dean's List (all eight semesters) ... 2004-06 Illinois Scholar Awards ... 2003-05 Scholar-Athlete Award (track and football) ... Hinsdale Central's Outstanding Student of the Month (Sept., 2005) ... Coached by Tony Lombardi.

    Personal: Born John Henry Bates Pace ... Son of Greg and Patsy Pace ... Brother, Greg Jr., was a four-year letterman and long snapper at Colorado (2002-05) ... Father, Greg, was a place-kicker at Illinois ... Played prep football with 2007 NU signee Jack DiNardo ... Mechanical engineering major.

    The Pace File
    Q: Name five favorite songs (and artist) on your I-Pod:
    A: Mud on the Tires (Brad Paisley); Callin' Baton Rouge (Garth Brooks); Alias (In Flames); Sixpounder (Children of Bodom); Glasgow Kiss (John Petrucci)
    Q: If you could dine with anyone from any period in history, who would it be and why?
    A: Sir Isaac Newton, so I could find out how he made his discoveries
    Q: What is the greatest lesson in life that you have learned?
    A: I am third.
    Q: A song that best describes you and why?
    A: Sixpounder, by Children of Bodom, because it describes my attitude.
    Q: Something people would be surprised to know about me is:
    A: I am a certified Deep Water SCUBA Diver
    Q: My favorite place to visit is and why?
    A: Sayner, Wis., because I love being outdoors
    Q: Which current NU football player is the biggest jokester on the team and why?
    A: Ben Burkett
    Q: My favorite thing about NU is and why?
    A: The campus since it is so close to Chicago and the lake.
    Q: Best part about being a Northwestern football player is:
    A: Being able to play Big Ten football and be at a top academic university.
    Q: Describe Coach Fitzgerald in five words or less:
    A: Passionate, driven, confident
    Q: Describe your position coach in five words or less:
    A: The same as above, Coach Fitz is my position coach
    Q: Most humbling experience:
    A: My football experience at the University of Miami (Fla.)
    Q: What do you consider to be your greatest achievement and why?
    A: Having the perseverance to transfer from Miami (Fla.) and continue my football career at NU
    Q: The best book I have ever read is and why?
    A: Any Carl Hiaasen book because he writes about South Florida and is a great writer.
    Q: The person that inspires me the most is:
    A: My father
    Q: When I played football as a kid, I pretended to be:
    A: Walter Payton
    Q: My favorite pregame ritual is:
    A: Listening to my iPod
    Q: If you could have a starring role in any film already made, which movie would you pick and why?
    A: Any Indiana Jones movie
    Q: My favorite food is:
    A: Prime Rib
    Q: My favorite thing about playing at Ryan Field is:
    A: Singing the fight song after a victory
    Q: Best thing about Northwestern is:
    A: The people
    Q: My ultimate SportsCenter highlight would be:
    A: Recovering a fumble and returning it for a touchdown
    Q: My favorite television show is and why?
    A: Dexter, because it is written so well.
    Q: If I were not playing football, I would be:
    A: A full-time student
    Q: The three words that best describe me:
    A: Man of Character
    Q: My football-related superstition is:
    A: I always put my left shoe on first
    Q: If the Big Ten expands in the future, pick one school you'd like to see added and why?
    A: Notre Dame, because they have a great tradition that fits into the Big Ten, and it would be great to see Northwestern beat them every year.
    Q: Which FORMER NU football student-athlete has had the most impact on your Wildcat career and why?
    A: Phil Brunner because he showed me how it was possible to excel on the football field and excel in the classroom during my time at Northwestern.

    Pace's Career Stats

    PARTICIPATION          G
    2007................   0  No other statistics
    2008................   1  No other statistics
    2009................  13  No other statistics
    TOTAL...............  14  No other statistics