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Patterson in final year of career at VMI By Ryan Yemen Sam Patterson is still scoring touchdowns and making big plays. He’s just doing it in the Big South now as a Virginia Military Institute senior. Patterson was the pre-eminent big-play threat for Monticello football during his senior year of high school, hauling in a ton of jump ball touchdowns from then-quarterback Jhalil Mosley as the Mustangs went 9-3. That explosive year after working as a tight end, lineman and linebacker at Covenant early in his high school career helped him land at VMI. Patterson played as a true freshman at VMI in 2012, but really exploded as a sophomore, earning second team All-Big South honors while snagging 38 catches for a team-high 646 yards for an average of 17.0 yards per catch. He even ranked second in the Big South in touchdown catches with eight on the year and was fifth in receiving yards. Those eight touchdowns were the most by a Keydets pass catcher since 1986. Patterson’s junior season was a more frustrating one as he battled through an injury that forced him to miss the first three games of the season. He still managed another 30-catch sea-
son with 357 yards and a touchdown. His senior year is off to a more promising start as Patterson has served as the Keydets’ third-most productive wideout with 183 yards on 17 catches plus a team-high two touchdowns through two games. Patterson was part of an explosive Monticello offense in 2011 as Mosley, now a backup at William and Mary, threw for 1,907 yards as a junior while Isaac Robinson, who’s a starting running back for Tusculum College, rushed for 2,017 yards and 28 touchdowns that year. The Mustangs also got 507 yards and seven touchdowns from Nathan DiGregorio during that incredibly dynamic campaign. Patterson himself went for 872 yards and nine scores while averaging an astounding 30.1 yards per catch. Patterson earned first team AllScrimmage Play honors that year and with his play in basketball and baseball was also named SP’s Sportsman of the Year. Now if he can mirror or better his sophomore campaign this fall in Lexington, he’ll likely be in line for a few more awards as his college career comes to a close. ✖
BELOW » Monticello alum Sam Patterson (here in 2011) is thriving again as a senior.
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