2001 (Sophomore) - SECOND TEAM ALL-BIG 12 SELECTION by Austin American-Stateman, Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Kansas City Star... THIRD TEAM ALL-BIG 12 SELECTION by coaches... HONORABLE MENTION ALL-BIG 12 SELECTION by Associated Press... Voted Wildcats' NANCY BENNETT AWARD symbolizing positive spirit... Started all 11 games at left guard... One of just two offensive linemen to start all 11 games (Andy Eby) and the only lineman to start all 11 games at the same position... K-State coaches' co-Offensive Player of the Game for performance against Texas Tech (10/13)... Blocked for a running game that broke a nearly 50-year-old school record for rushing yards per game with a 257.7 average... The team's per-game rushing average was 30 yards better than the school-record average of 227.4 set in 1953... The offense ranked fourth nationally both in rushing offense and rushing touchdowns (34)... Helped RB Josh Scobey become K-State's all-time single-season leader in rushing yards with 1,263 and career rushing touchdown leader with 31.
2000 (Freshman) - First true freshman to play on the offensive line at Kansas State in the Bill Snyder era... Played nine games on an offensive line that allowed only nine sacks all season and blocked for a running game which tied the school record with 42 rushing touchdowns... Started two games at left guard in place of Andy Eby (Oklahoma 10/14, Texas Tech 10/21)... One of two true freshmen on the 2000 depth chart along with punter/kicker Jared Brite.
Grapevine HS - Was a three-year starter for the Mustangs, helping Grapevine to state titles in 1996 and 1998... First team All-District in 1998 and 1999... First team All-Tarrant County in 1999... Honorable mention All-State in 1999... SuperPrep All-Southwest Region pick... One of Texas and Area top 100 recruits by Dallas Morning News and Fort Worth Star-Telegram... PrepStar All-America selection as one of the top 13 offensive line prospects in the Midlands ... Listed as one of the top 80 players in the Big 12 Region by Rivals.com... One of Texas' Top 100 recruits by Aggieland Bench Press... High school football coach was Mike Sneed... Wrestled as a senior at Grapevine and won state heavyweight title for coach Steve Wills.
Personal - Born March 12, 1982... Parents are Doug and Cathy Pate.
Bowl Performances - Saw action as a reserve center/guard vs. Tennessee in the 2001 Cotton Bowl... Started at left guard vs. Syracuse in the 2001 Insight.com Bowl.