Number: #78 |Hometown: Irvine, CA | Height: 6042 | Weight: 305 | Forty: 5.15E | Class: 2018
Blessed with great size and athleticism, this player demonstrates sound technique, while having made vast improvements in his overall game during the past couple of seasons. He has held himself accountable since day one, according to head coach Jeff Tedford, who also praised his smarts and attitude, which has been echoed by his teammates, along with his competitiveness. He possesses a solid understanding of the leverage battle, demonstrates active hand combat in pass pro (powerful one-arm jab) and does a nice job of getting into the second level and sealing off blocks in the run game. Needs to tighten up his second step slide in pass protection to help beat defenders to the point of attack. He’ll have an occasional lapse on chop blocks where he tends to just kind of lunge at his opponent; he can do a better job of getting a body on a body. Was born in North Carolina, moved to Miami, Florida at the age of three before making the move to California during the eighth grade. In addition to football, he played basketball, wrestling, baseball and soccer growing up. A self-described ‘tech’ geek whose dad worked in Information Technology growing up. Has played for Pat Hill and Jeff Tedford—has also had three different offensive coordinators and three different offensive line coaches, so he has learned a variety of schemes; picking up a new playbook won’t be a problem. A late bloomer who needed to bide his time in the weight room and bulk up, while gaining valuable experience early on in his career. He may be best suited as a guard at the next level but has started at both right tackle and left tackle, in addition to playing some center. His versatility is a bonus, as he could earn a chance to compete on the outside, kick inside or become a valuable asset as a multi-use backup. He was a key cog in guiding the Bulldogs from one win in 2016, to 10 wins in 2017—one of his best games was against Alabama during his senior season. He is one of the more underrated players in the 2018 NFL Draft class.
2017 (Sr): Started all 12 games, earning All-Mountain West Honorable Mention.
2016 (Junior): Moved into a starting role, earning starts in all 12 games at right tackle … helped lead a rushing attack that gained 1,394 yards on the ground, led by starting running back Dontel James’ 697 yards … blocked for a passing game that produced 2,557 yards through the air … the starting line unit limited opponents to 2.58 sacks per game…. earned Academic All-Mountain West honors.
2015 (Sophomore): Named to the fall Mountain West All-Academic team … played in all 12 games, primarily on the PAT and field goal units.
2014 (Redshirt Freshman): Appeared in one game, vs. Southern Utah on Sept. 20.
2013 (Freshman): Redshirted.
High School: Selected to the 2012 Cal-Hi Sports Medium School All-State team … named to the 2012 All-CIF Southern Division team … led team to a 7-6 record and second place finish in the Pacific Coast League as a senior … helped team rush for 220.1 yards per game during his senior season … named to the Orange County Register’s 2011 All-City Team … first-team All-Pacific Coast League selection as a junior when team went 6-6.
Personal: Born in Jacksonville, N.C. … son of Julie and David Patterson … has one younger brother, Jarrett … major at Fresno State is business administration-computer information systems.