After biding his time in the trenches, Pat Bethel has spent his last two years in Miami as a starter. From a blocked punt in his freshman year or to a forced fumble and recovery in his sophomore season, his early showings were full of promise. Bethel finished his junior year with career-highs in tackles (23) and sacks (2). When dominant defender Gerald Willis III and Kendrick Norton played their last snaps in a Miami uniform, Pat Bethel knew he would have to step up. As one of the few returning defensive tackles with experience in Manny Diaz’s scheme, his leadership has been indispensable. With an early injury to Nesta Jade Silvera in the offseason, Bethel’s consistency was needed even more. His steady and strong presence on the defensive line a key reason why Miami is top 15 in total defense and rushing defense.
Life Before The U
The Vero Beach native utilized his time in his school to emerge as one of the top prospects in the nation at his position. The former Vero Beach Indian totaled a dominant 65 tackles, including 19 tackles for loss in his junior year. He also had 7 sacks in that prolific season. His senior year ended with 36 tackles, 9 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles. This impressive resume allowed Bethel to rise amongst the ranks of recruits. He was an Under-Armour All-America Game selectee. The four-star ESPN DL prospect and three-star rated Rivals and 247 Sports talent was a huge get for the Canes. The #Swag16 defensive lineman enrolled in Miami in January 2016 after turning down offers from the Auburn Tigers, Clemson Tigers, Florida Gators, Florida State Seminoles, Georgia Bulldogs, Ohio State Buckeyes, LSU Tigers, and many others.
Life as a Cane
Bethel came to Miami with a legacy on his mind. Bethel’s father, Randy Bethel, played tight end at Miami from 1987-1990. In his freshman season, Bethel played in 11 games and finished with 6 total tackles. He also registered a blocked punt against the Florida A&M Rattlers. In his sophomore season, his notched 18 tackles (7 solo). His 2-yard strip-sack of former Duke Blue Devil quarterback Daniel Jones was a highlight of the season. 2018 was Bethel’s first year as a starter ad is served as a breakout year for the 3rd-year player. He finished with 23 total tackles (7 solo), 6 tackles for loss, and 2 sacks. In a game against the Boston College Eagles, he finished with a career-best 6 solo tackles.
This year, he registered a tackle for loss in the season opener against this Florida Gators. Against the Central Michigan Chippewas, he wore the 305 turnover chain when he recovered a fumble in that defensive struggle. With the health of Nesta Silvera and the emergence of Jonathan Ford throughout the season, the DT room has become more fortified. Regardless of the new rotation cutting into his snap count, Bethel has remained a constant team player and leader. So far this season, he’s tallied 17 total tackles, 8 solo tackles (career-best), and has 1.5 sacks.
Outside of celebrating his 22nd birthday this week, Bethel will be hearing the raucous applause from the Hard Rock Stadium one last time this Saturday. Bethel talked about his Senior Day feelings and the matchup against the Louisville Cardinals earlier in the week. He understandably feels “emotional but time waits for no man”.
Pat Bethel on what Senior Day will mean to him. pic.twitter.com/eNo4l8FO0y— David Furones (@DavidFurones_) November 5, 2019
His special four years as a Cane has been memorable and he will be missed.