Last week, Patrick looked to put all talk of his demise behind him as he made the trip up to Ignition in Mason, Ohio to throw to future Bearcat teammate Rodriguez Coleman and several former college players preparing for the NFL Combine or Pro Days in the coming weeks.
As the only invited member of the media, I had the chance to judge for myself just where Patrick is at in his rehab from the injury that sidelined him from taking snaps for Hamilton (Ohio) Badin High School.
The scar is prominent on the front of his right shoulder and you can touch the screws that have been set in place. However, the main reason for this visit was to see if Patrick showed the same arm strength I have seen over the past three years.
The answer is YES!
The arm is strong and Patrick is able to make all the throws he showed prior to the injury. In talking with those he was throwing to, each was shocked by the velocity of his throws.
What may be even more impressive is Patrick has grown from this experience. Instead of sulking during his time off the field, Patrick looked to learn more about quarterback play and get more understanding of the rigors of playing the position. He also learned that not every throw has to be a laser and this has helped him improve his deep throws.
Make no mistake, Patrick knows there is still much to learn, and the battle to become a starting quarterback in college has yet to begin. However, in Patrick Coyne fashion, do not be against him having success on the field at Cincinnati.
I have watched Rodriguez Coleman over the past three years and feel he will be a huge surprise to many in the coming years. Despite only being a two-star prospect on Scout.com, I feel Rodriguez has the tools to be the top receiver to come out of Ohio in the Class of 2011 and a major steal for Cincinnati.