Cincinnati Football: Deshawn Pace continues transition to star position ahead of senior campaign

Cincinnati Bearcats linebacker Deshawn Pace celebrates interception against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in 2021.
Cincinnati Bearcats linebacker Deshawn Pace celebrates interception against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in 2021. /
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Cincinnati native and Bearcats defensive back Deshawn Pace is continuing to transition to the star position ahead of his senior season!

Despite adjusting to a new position during the offseason, Pace should be able to play a significant role on the Bearcats defense this year.

Pace developed into a dynamic and versatile defensive player that has been an integral part of the Bearcats success throughout his career.

The Colerain High School product is set to play the hybrid star position this season so he’ll line up as a nickel back or weakside linebacker.

Cincinnati Football: Deshawn Pace continues transition to star position ahead of senior campaign

As the countdown to the regular season continues, Pace seems poised to make his senior year a defining chapter in his memorable career.

Cincinnati is expected to start linebackers Jack Dingle and Dorian Jones, with DJ Taylor and Bryon Threats projected to start at safety.

Pace compiled a team-high four interceptions and 95 tackles in 2021 before totaling 62 tackles and one interception last season.

With a high level of experience and expertise gained from previous seasons, Pace is hoping to elevate the defense to new heights.

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Each day leading up to the regular season opener next month, we’re going to publish a profile for one of the Bearcats top players!

Make sure to stay tuned for more player profiles throughout August as Cincinnati continues to approach the upcoming campaign.

The next player profiles will be focused on senior wide receiver Xzavier Henderson, followed by veteran defensive end Malik Vann.

With less than a month until the regular season kicks off against Eastern Kentucky, the Bearcats started training camp last week.

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