"Up Close" with Alex Pattee
With the loss of Ed Bradwell to graduation, redshirt-sophomore Alex Pattee enters the 2010 season as the top candidate to take over Florida Atlantic’s weak side linebacker spot. A highly recruited prospect coming out of high school, the Owls' coaching staff hopes that Pattee can be as productive as he was in high school when he was labeled as one of the top 50 linebackers his senior year by Scout.com.
Playing in four games last season, Pattee’s year ended early after a mid-November injury caused him to miss the remainder of the schedule. Practicing with FAU’s first team defense in spring and fall practices, he looks primed to start his first game and record his first career tackle this fall.
Choosing to sign with FAU over offers from South Florida, Arizona State, Iowa State, Colorado and Air Force, Pattee says that FAU stood out because of his on campus visit and host at the time, Frantz Joseph. Playing high school football at Hollywood Hills High School in Hollywood, Florida, Pattee was a first team All-Broward selection after a senior season in which he accumulated 118 tackles, two forced fumbles, six sacks and an interception.
Pattee recently sat down with us for “Up Close”.
What is your favorite food?
“My favorite food would have to be my mom’s French toast.”
What is your pet peeve?
“Playing little non-sense, unnecessary and ridiculous games - girl’s wise, and being lied too.”
Who is your current off the field role model?
“My mother, Sonya Pattee. She’s me hero. She’s overcome a lot of adversity and a lot of hard times, and still has set a good example.”
What are you most proud of?
“Making it to college on a scholarship, and being able to provide a good example for my little sister and any little kids in the community.”
What is your major?
“I’m majoring in criminal justice. I’m interested in that type of field and the classes have interested me a lot so I have chosen this major to extend my studies and find a field that suites me.”
What is your Faith?
“My faith is of Christianity.”
Line of scrimmage
What aspect of your game do you feel is your strength?
“My quickness and my passing (coverage). I’m really good a recognizing formations and plays.”
What aspect of your game do you feel is your weakness?
“I would like to work on my run fits and getting them perfect. They're good as they are, but I would like to perfect them and my pass rush.”
Down the field
Besides football, what brought you to FAU?
“The environment, community, South Florida, and Frantz Joseph. He’s my mentor and helped me learn. He was my host on my recruiting visit, and he kept it real and showed me the in’s and out’s; helped teach me football at a college level. Whenever he is around I definitely get in his ear, and let him get in mine and teach me anything else he knows.”
What are your goals for the upcoming season?
“Break the FAU tackling record, get more than four interceptions and become an impact player.”
What game are you looking forward to the most next season?
“I would say FIU, they're our rivals. I know two players who have been on the team, and one player that is on the team - incoming freshman Caleb Vincent is from my high school.”
What do you want FAU fans to know about you personally?
“My free time is devoted to football. This season I’m devoting myself to football and the film room. My free time would consist of playing Madden and watching film.”
Coming up, our next player is the only true freshman to make the “Up Close” series.
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