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Bear Pascoe, TE

Height: 6-5 | Weight: 251 | College: Fresno State
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Pascoe might have something in common with the late James Brown - competing for the title of "hardest working man in America." The well-built athlete joined the Fresno State program as a quarterback, but quickly found a home as the team's primary offensive weapon after moving to tight end. He did not rest on his receiving laurels, however, as he developed into what head coach Pat Hill calls, "the most devastating blocker we've ever had at his position, ever!"

While he will go down as one of the best players to ever wear a Bulldogs uniform, there was much more to his game than just receptions and blocking. He also excelled on special teams, finishing as the school's career record holder by blocking six kicks.

Still, his football exploits don't tell the full story about McKenna Sean "Bear" Pascoe. Growing up on a ranch, the cowboy is also an award-winning rodeo calf roper. Pascoe was a big, physical quarterback and one of the top all-around athletes in the Valley during his playing days at Granite Hills High School. He was selected the 2003 East Yosemite League Offensive Player of the Year and was named All-Area after guiding his team to a 16-4 record over the last two seasons, including the 2002 East Yosemite League title.

As a senior, Pascoe accounted for 1,851 total yards and 16 touchdowns, generating nearly 3,500 yards and 33 touchdowns over his final two seasons. Not limited to just offense, he was regarded as one of the league's top outside linebackers.

Pascoe added to his prep resume when he was named a first-team All-East Yosemite League basketball player as a junior. He also lettered in track, competing in the EYL Finals in the shot and discus, placing sixth in the Valley championships in the discus as a junior.

In 2004, Pascoe enrolled at Fresno State, spending the season adjusting to tight end from quarterback. He so impressed the coaching staff that he was named Scout Team Player of the Year for his performances in practice. He played in all 13 games, including nine on offense, where he earned three starts in 2005. He pulled down five passes for 34 yards and returned five kickoffs for 27 yards.

As a sophomore, Pascoe took over tight end duties, starting all 12 games. He finished fourth on the team with 22 receptions, gaining 307 yards (14.2 avg) with two scores. He had one kickoff return for 12 yards and registered four tackles, as he blocked kicks in each of the Oregon and New Mexico State clashes.

Despite missing one game and a good portion of another with an ankle sprain, Pascoe became the first Fresno State tight end to receiver first-team All-Conference (Western Athletic) honors. He finished second on the team with a career-high 45 receptions for 553 yards (12.3 avg) and four touchdowns. He blocked two more kicks, knocking down a field goal in each of the Texas A&M and Nevada contests.

Pascoe was named to the John Mackey Award Watch List and again garnered All-WAC first-team honors, even though his ankle problems again saw him sit out one entire game and a part of another. He again ranked second on the squad after hauling down 40 passes, good for 400 yards (10.0 avg) and four touchdowns … He added two more blocked kicks to establish a new school record with six blocks for his career.


Positives: Good frame for the position. Good bulk and overall strength as a blocker. Uses his hands and leverage well as a blocker and provides as much effort as a blocker as he does as a receiver. Puts smaller defenders on their back and plays through the whistle. Able to reach linebackers at the second level. Former quarterback who understands where the holes are on the defense. Solid route-running in the short to intermediate zones. Uses his body to shield defenders. Natural hands catcher who can who fight for the ball and can track over his shoulder. Bullish runner who fights for extra yardage.

Negatives: Not an elite athlete in the Kellen Winslow mold. Lacks the straight-line speed to threaten the seam against NFL talent. Takes a few steps to get to top speed. Flashes the ability to make tough receptions with defenders draped over him, but needs to continue to work in this area. Leans forward when blocking, and needs to improve his balance facing stronger defenders. Defensive backs use their quickness to elude him while blocking in the open field.

Compares To: KRIS MANGUM, ex-Carolina -- It is fitting that he is compared to a retired player, as Pascoe is an old school type of tight end, one that does a good job of blocking in-line and is used as a safety valve receiver underneath. He is not the type to threaten the seam and you will find most other tight ends in the draft able to outrace him, but he has the intangibles - a blue collar work ethic, tough as nails and willing to sacrifice himself to make the play.

Scouting Report


Body Structure: Pascoe has good bulk and a thick frame that can still carry at least another 10 pounds. He has strong upper body development with a thick chest, broad shoulders, tight waist and firm midsection. He has large, yet soft hands, with the power to generate a punishing jolt when attacking defenders as a blocker. He has good lower body thickness, especially in the thighs.

Athletic Ability: Pascoe lacks even adequate timed speed, but compensates with sure hands, great tenacity as a blocker, good hand/eye coordination and above average pass catching skills, if he grabs the ball in stride rather than leap for it. He shows the body control and adjustment and while he will never be sudden or explosive in his movement, he has deceptive quickness and good leg drive to gain positive yardage after the catch. He is a well-coordinated athlete who might be tight-hipped as a runner, but shows good strength and balance in his routes. He does not have the speed to threaten the defenses on deep patterns, but is more comfortable on controlled routes. GRADE: 5.6

Football Sense: Pascoe is a student of the game who adapted quickly to tight end after joining the program as a quarterback. He learns football well and needs just minimal reps to retain. He shows good physicality and desire blocking in-line and does a good job of locating stunts and blitzes. He shows very good field awareness and vision. GRADE: 6.4

Character: Pascoe is a good ole cowboy who could replace the Marlboro Man. He is well-liked by the staff and players, especially for his air of toughness that rubs off on the squad when he is in the game. He comes from a supportive family and has no known off-field issues. His younger cousin, aptly nicknamed "Cub" looks up to Bear as his role model. He is just a great kid from a small town, the type that keeps his teammates loose in the locker room and coaches cite his dependability. GRADE: 7.0

Competitiveness: Pascoe could be the poster child for toughness. He came back and played with ankle problems that should have sidelined him longer over the last two years. He shows up and competes on every snap and loves his role on special teams, an aspect of his game that he could make a nice living doing at the NFL level. He has good toughness for the position, as he does not hold back when he has to get physical going for the ball in a crowd. GRADE: 7.2

Work Habits: Pascoe is a hard worker in all areas, responsible and one that displays intensity in practices and games. He takes to hard coaching well and is very consistent in the ways he goes about preparing for his upcoming opponent. He is an ideal locker room presence. GRADE: 6.5


Release: Pascoe is never going to surprise a defender with explosiveness off the snap and has just marginal timed speed for this position. But, he uses his size and strength to fight through the hold-up. He does not have the quickness to elude but will flash good craftiness at the Xs to create a lane upfield. He has adequate quickness in his release and will get up the field only when he uses his hand punch effectively to avoid reroutes. He is more of a power-through type of runner who lacks nifty change of direction agility, but uses his athletic skills and leg drive to escape. GRADE: 5.2

Acceleration: Pascoe does not have the speed, burst or built up acceleration to threaten the seam. It takes him several steps to get into gear and while he can position his body to make the play, he is never going to be able to run away from the pack and is best on short area routes, where he can use his power to gain some positive yardage to move the chains. He is much more productive in the short range, using his savvy to find holes in the zone. He has the big body and natural hands to catch in a crowd, but just lacks top end speed and separation. He has just enough to get free and catch the ball on underneath routes. He will run over the middle, flex out and drag under with effectiveness, but is a liability when asked to take the ball long distances. GRADE: 4.8

Quickness: Pascoe is generally late off the Xs to get off the ball as a receiver, but shows good urgency as an in-line blocker. He has no burst and marginal acceleration heading upfield. He just lacks quickness, but even with somewhat tight hips he shows good moves to set up and avoid the defender in the short area. He has above average strength to move with the ball and rarely struggles to find it in traffic. His intensity level and strength lets him defeat the jam, using his hands well to jolt. GRADE: 5.1

Route Running: Pascoe is never going to be explosive, quick or sudden, but runs precise routes and gets proper depth. He can gather at the top of the route to get out of his cuts. He is good with delays to set up his routes and gets good depth in flat routes. He can clear through the zone and while he is a little stiff, he has enough change of direction agility to find open spaces. He is just an adequate plant and drive type, but better doing this underneath than on deep patterns. GRADE: 6.3

Separation Ability: Pascoe knows how to lean on defenders and push off, as he is deceptively quick with his stick moves to momentarily freeze defenders and create separation, but once his opponent recovers he is easily caught from behind. When he gets too tall and rounds his breaks, he struggles to gain separation. He does a nice job of settling into soft areas in the zone, but lacks separation speed to pull away from the defense. He is not slow, just lacks pull away speed. He does have a small burst to escape the linebackers after the short catch. GRADE: 5.3

Ball Concentration: Pascoe only has eyes for the football when negotiating through traffic. He has superb concentration and good size to make plays in traffic. He will take a hit and hold on, even with defenders draped on him (recovered the only fumble of his career). He shows above average hand/eye coordination to catch with the defender all over him. He has above average leg strength and maintains his concentration on the ball, looking it in well. GRADE: 6.4

Ball Adjustment: Pascoe can adjust for the low throws, but has marginal timing and leaping ability to get to the throw at its high point. He is best served just positioning his body to make the play rather than elevating and going for the ball. He has rangy hands, but is not athletic enough to adjust to the ball in flight, as he is a little stiff in the hips. He will make a good effort to get to the off-target tosses and shows good reactionary ability, coming back to help the quarterback when the passer is flushed out of the pocket. GRADE: 5.3

Leaping Ability: Pascoe shows marginal vertical leaping ability going for the ball. He will jump and grab for the pass either too early or simply not elevate high enough. If you need someone to win jump ball battles, he is certainly not your type. GRADE: 4.5

Hands: Pascoe has very good hands and catches the ball easily outside his frame. He does not fight the pass and will keep the ball off his body. He has soft hands and is very good with hand placement on the ball. He also delivers a strong hand jolt as a blocker. GRADE: 6.5

Run After the Catch: Pascoe is never going to frighten a defender with his pull-away speed. He takes what the defense gives and is more of a power type of chain mover than one who will just turn, escape and get big yardage after the catch. He has the leg drive to get up the field after the catch and is very difficult to bring down on first contact, but he is not going to run away from too many people. He is a strong runner who can easily break arm tackles and shows enough small burst to get some yardage after the catch. He might outrun a linebacker if he can gain a step, but is not known as a speed burner that can race past safeties in the deep zone. GRADE: 5.4

Blocking Ability: Pascoe is a much better blocker at the Xs than in the second level. He can get out and mirror edge rushers and will lock up and sustain with aggression in the trenches. It is rare to see him get bucked back by the larger defensive linemen on lead blocks from the H-back position, but must do a better job of angling and adjusting working into the second level. He will wall and screen off with movement blocking in-line. He just does not have enough foot speed to get out on the linebacker upfield, where he also needs to show more explosion behind his hits (more of a position blocker). GRADE: 6.9

Special Teams: Pascoe's lack of leaping ability as a pass catcher is puzzling, as he has done a superb job on the coverage units when it comes to blocking kicks. Whether he is more comfortable doing this or not, he is one of the top 10 kick blockers in NCAA history. GRADE: 6.3

Compares To: KRIS MANGUM, ex-Carolina -- It is fitting that he is compared to a retired player, as Pascoe is an old school type of tight end, one that does a good job of blocking in-line and is used as a safety valve receiver underneath. He is not the type to threaten the seam and you will find most other tight ends in the draft able to outrace him, but he has the intangibles - a blue collar work ethic, tough as nails and willing to sacrifice himself to make the play.


--Report by Dave-Te' Thomas

Career Notes

Pascoe started 37 of 45 games during his Fresno State career, catching 112 passes for 1,294 yards (11.55 avg) and 10 touchdowns … Averaged 2.49 receptions and 28.76 receiving yards per game … Returned seven kickoffs for 39 yards (5.6 avg) and recorded seven tackles (4 solos) … During his four seasons on the coverage unit, the Bulldogs blocked a total of 27 kicks, as Pascoe holds the school career record with six blocks … His six blocked kicks rank 16th in NCAA football history … His four blocked field goals rank ninth on the NCAA career record list … Caught three touchdown passes vs. Texas A&M in 2007, one shy of the school single-game record four scoring grabs by Jim Molich vs. Occidental in 1942.

2008 Season

All-American honorable mention and Super Sleeper Team selection by The NFL Draft Report … Rated the best kick coverage defender in college football by that scouting information service … All-Western Athletic Conference first-team choice … Named to the Mackey Award (nation's top tight end) Watch List … Started ten games, missing the Idaho and Utah State contests with a high ankle sprain … Still finished second on the team with 40 receptions for 400 yards (10.0 avg), including four touchdowns … Recorded a pair of tackles; one each vs. Hawaii and Boise State … Also blocked a field goal try vs. Boise State and an extra point attempt vs. UCLA … Caught 40 of 62 balls targeted to him (64.52 percent), as he produced 21 first downs (52.5 percent) … Seventeen of his receptions were good for at least 10 yards, including four catches for 20 yards or longer … Came up with key receptions that set up twelve touchdown drives and four other series that ended with field goals.

2008 Game Analysis

Rutgers … Pascoe opened the season by catching three of the four balls targeted to him, gaining 24 yards.

Wisconsin … The tight end snatched three of four tosses coming his way, totaling 32 yards, including a long of 21 yards.

Toledo … The Bulldog collected 31 yards on five receptions, setting up a third quarter field goal with a 7-yard grab … He also scored in the third quarter on a 4-yard scoring lob from QB Tom Brandstater that capped a 4-play, 62-yard drive.

UCLA … Pascoe collected 33 yards on five catches, including 4-yard touchdown with 0:48 left in the first half that capped an 82-yard, 7-play possession … Also blocked a second quarter extra point attempt.

Hawaii … Pascoe set up a pair of field goals while compiling 60 yards on four receptions … His 10-yarder deep into Warrior territory was followed by a FSU 24-yard field goal early in the first quarter … In the third frame, he pulled down a 39-yarder to set up a 32-yard three-pointer.

Idaho and Utah State … Sat out both contests with a high ankle sprain.

Louisiana Tech … Back on the gridiron, Pascoe wasted no time of returning to his play making role, as two of his three receptions were good for touchdowns … He closed out a late second quarter series with a 3-yard scoring grab … With 0:44 left in the game, he snared a 10-yard touchdown pass from QB Tom Brandstater.

Nevada … Pascoe had five receptions for 45 yards … He fumbled the ball after a third quarter 11-yard catch, but quickly recovered the ball at the Nevada 21.

New Mexico State … The tight end collected 56 yards on three receptions, setting up a 30-yard field goal with an 11-yard grab in the first quarter … At the start of the second stanza, he hauled in a 36-yarder from Tom Brandstater and then cleared a path as the QB finished off that series with a 1-yard touchdown run.

San Jose State … Pascoe delivered just one catch, but his 17-yarder set up a 21-yard scoring run by tailback Anthony Harding in the fourth quarter, as the tight end leveled linebacker Travis Jones on the snap.

Boise State … The senior was on the receiving end of five passes for 46 yards, converting a third-&-6 toss into an 11-yard gain in the second frame.

Colorado State (New Mexico Bowl) … Pascoe closed out his career with three receptions for 39 yards … He snared a 22-yarder and then upended defensive end Tommie Hill to spring tailback Anthony Harding for a 2-yard score midway through the first quarter.

2007 Season

Became the first tight end in school history to earn All-Conference (WAC) first-team honors and was a member of the John Mackey Award Watch List … Started twelve games at tight end, missing the Kansas State contest and most of the Utah State clash with a high ankle sprain … Still ranked second on the team, pulling down a career-high 45 passes for 553 yards (12.3 avg) and four touchdowns … Averaged 3.46 receptions and 42.54 receiving yards per game … Covered an onside kick vs. Nevada and blocked a pair of field goals- one each vs. Oregon and New Mexico State … Also recorded a solo tackle vs. Louisiana Tech.

2007 Game Analysis

Opened the season with three receptions for 91 yards, ending a second quarter 7-play, 67-yard series with a 27-yard score vs. Sacramento State … registered a career-high three touchdown catches (one shy of the school game record) as he totaled 70 yards on seven catches. His 3-yard score capped a 10-play, 80-yard series with 0:05 left in regulation, forcing the game into triple overtime, where he also had a 9-yard touchdown grab (other score was for 16 yards in the third quarter), as he also blocked a 41-yard field goal vs. Texas A&M … Made four catches for 67 yards vs. Oregon and generated 69 yards on six receptions vs. Idaho … Collected five passes for 57 yards vs. Boise State and blocked a 46-yard field goal vs. Nevada … Closed out the year with 72 yards on six catches in a 40-28 win over Georgia Tech in the Humanitarian Bowl.

2006 Season

Pascoe took over tight end duties, starting twelve games … Finished fourth on the squad with 22 receptions for 307 yards (14.2 avg) and two touchdowns … Returned one kickoff 12 and added four tackles (2 solos), coming up with a pair of stops vs. Idaho and one each vs. Louisiana Tech and San Jose State.

2006 Game Analysis

Gained a season-high 95 yards, as both of his receptions produced touchdowns of 75 yards in the first quarter and 20 yards in the second vs. Hawaii … Had two catches for 35 yards vs. New Mexico State and two more for 26 yards vs. Utah State … Grabbed a career-high seven passes for 87 yards in the season finale vs. San Jose State.

2005 Season

Played in thirteen games on special teams and nine on offense … Caught five passes for 34 yards (6.8 avg) and returned five kickoffs for 27 yards (5.4 avg).

2004 Season

Red-shirted as a freshman … Named Scout Team Player of the Year, as he quickly adjusted to tight end after being recruited as a quarterback.

Injury Report

2007: Missed a good portion of the Utah State game (11/03) and sat out the Kansas State clash (11/24) with a high ankle sprain.

2008: Did not play vs. Idaho (10/11) and Utah State (10/25) due to an ankle sprain.

2009: Could not participate in 225-pound bench press at the combine due to a right shoulder injury.

Agility Tests

Combine: 4.96 in the 40-yard dash … 1.69 10-yard dash … 2.87 20-yard dash … 4.55 20-yard shuttle … 7.65 three-cone drill … 26.5-inch vertical jump … 8'11" broad jump … Did not perform 225-pound bench press due to a right shoulder issue … 33 3/4-inch arm length … 9 3/4-inch hands.

High School

Attended Granite Hills (Porterville, Calif.) High School … Selected the 2003 East Yosemite League Offensive Player of the Year and was named All-Area after guiding his team to a 16-4 record over the last two seasons, including the 2002 East Yosemite League title … As a senior, Pascoe accounted for 1,851 total yards and 16 touchdowns, generating nearly 3,500 yards and 33 touchdowns over his final two seasons … Was also regarded as one of the league's top outside linebackers … Named a first-team All-East Yosemite League basketball player as a junior … Also lettered in track, competing in the EYL Finals in the shot and discus, placing sixth in the Valley championships in the discus as a junior.


General Studies major … Cousin, Vince Pascoe (nicknamed Cub) was a teammate and fullback at Fresno State (2007-present) … Son of Julie and Sean Pascoe … Grew up on a cattle ranch and is a champion roper … His given name is McKenna Sean Pascoe, but he goes by Bear, a name given him by his family as a toddler because of his size … Born 2/23/86 … Resides in Porterville, Calif.


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