Healthy Patterson Showing Versatility, Athleticism

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Dominique Patterson ‘s recruiting card.

Playing most of the 2008 season with a broken wrist demonstrated Dominique Patterson ‘s toughness but also his ability, as he performed well despite the injury. The 6-1, 205-pound senior does not want to go through that experience again, though, and he has enjoyed being healthy so far this season.

“I’m healthy this year and I feel I’m doing good individually, but as a team the chemistry is not quite what it should’ve been,” said Patterson, a Virginia Tech commitment. “We’ve gotten off to a sluggish start. Once we get our chemistry together, I think we’ll be real good. Individually, it has been a good year.”

Football certainly can be cutthroat, something Patterson learned first-hand last season.

“This year, I don’t have to worry about anyone trying to ram into my wrist or hurt my arm,” Patterson said. “I’m healthy, and I can play the best I can.”

Head coach Joe Jones certainly is getting the most use out of a healthy Patterson, who starts at running back and linebacker and plays special teams. Showing off his versatility, Patterson, who ran a hand-time 4.5-second 40 at Tech’s camp two months ago, has also seen action at wide receiver, quarterback and safety in 2009.

“On offense, I’m the primary tailback. I get the majority of the carries,” Patterson said. “Sometimes I split out to slot wide receiver. Every now and then, I’ll play quarterback [in a Wildcat formation]. On defense, my role is kind of the same [as last year]. It’s actually probably a bigger role because we changed our defensive scheme [to a 3-5-3]. I’m playing linebacker now, but I’ll also rotate to safety. It depends what the offense is doing. I’ve been learning defensive back techniques.