OL Pat Coogan
OL Pat Coogan, 6-5, 310; Chicago Marist
Rivals ranking: Three stars, No. 38 offensive tackle.
247Sports ranking: Three stars, No. 29 offensive tackle, No. 608 overall.
Notable numbers: Helped running back Amari Watkins turn 189 carries into 1,132 yards and 13 touchdowns in 13 games as a junior last season. Marist did not play football this fall because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Enrolled early? No.
Birthday: Nov. 18, 2002.
First scholarship offer: Kent State.
Moment I knew I wanted to be Irish: “Probably when I was around age six when I went to my first game.”
What I’ve learned from the COVID-19 pandemic: “How valuable and how short people’s time is with you. In quarantine, you are not able to be with some of your family. You aren’t able to be with your grandparents all the time. Or even with your friends. So when you are with people, valuing their time and your time together is really important. That is something that has really come to the forefront throughout this pandemic. Our time on Earth here, even though it may seem long, it goes by super fast. I’m 18 years old, and it’s gone by insanely fast. Especially during this time in quarantine. It has been a crazy, crazy half a year.”
One word to describe Brian Kelly: Fearless.
Best player I’ve played against: Wisconsin freshman linebacker Maema Njongmeta (2019 class) and Northwestern freshman defensive end Sean McLaughlin (2020 class).
Most interesting fact about myself: “I had a speech impediment as a young kid and overcame that in like sixth grade. I couldn’t pronounce my R’s. I did two years of speech therapy. It sucked. I hated it. But I’m so glad that I did it.”
Most embarrassing song on my playlist: “Take a Walk” — Passion Pit.
Most controversial opinion: “Michael Jordan is the greatest play of all time, and it’s not even close.”
Dream job (other than the NFL): NFL general manager or front office.
NFL player comparison: “I don’t know about comparison, but I love to watch (Indianapolis Colts offensive guard) Quenton Nelson, (Green Bay Packers offensive tacke) David Bakhtiari, (Dallas Cowboys offensive guard) Zack Martin and (Philadelphia Eagles center) Jason Kelce. Personality-wise I love them. Laid back, down-to-earth type of offensive linemen. Humble guys. And they just play really good ball. And they’ve played for a really long time, too. Quenton Nelson is going to play for a long time. They make a lot of money, that’s for sure. They are really good at their jobs.”
Freshman year expectations: “Get there in June and get right into the freshmen weight program and kill that. Come in being in the best shape that I can. Come in as the best person and student that I can. Once the summer rolls around, just compete in everything that I do whether it’s a practice squad role, backup role or starting role. I don’t care, especially as a freshman. Getting my feet wet, competing and making the team and myself better, building relationships with the guys and on the coaching staff. Becoming part of the team as a whole and building that chemistry with the other guys on the offensive line. And then crushing it in the classroom in the fall and the spring of 2022.”
Favorite thing about football: “The brotherhood built in the locker room and on the field. And being able to hit people and do things that are illegal (off the field).”
What’s your best sport other than football? Baseball.
Sports idol: Former Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant, former Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose and former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.
Preferred social media: Twitter.
Favorite musician/band: Post Malone and Polo G.
Favorite TV show: “Friends.”
Favorite movie: “Rudy,” “Hacksaw Ridge” and “Greater.”
Celebrity crush: Jennifer Lopez and Selena Gomez.
How many times have you watched Rudy? “The whole movie, definitely more than five times.”