Sean Patterson Jr. to Duquesne

Sean Patterson Jr., the standout quarterback from St. John's Jesuit in Toledo, will be continuing his football career at Duquesne University.

Sean Patterson Jr. recently enrolled at Duquesne University in order to continue his football career as a member of Jerry Schmitt's football squad. After enjoying a stellar career as a quarterback at St. John's Jesuit High School in Toledo, Ohio, Patterson signed to play for Ron McBride at Weber State, but distance from his Toledo home became a factor, and Patterson left Ogden, Utah in July of 2007.

Patterson recently enrolled at Duquesne for the winter term in order to participate in spring football but will not become a scholarship player until next season when the Dukes officially join the Northeast Conference (NEC) for the 2008 season.

The Dukes have played in the All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) since 1994, but the MAAC was a non-scholarship league. Joining the NEC allows Duquesne to award scholarships, and the league is expected to eventually receive an automatic bid to the FCS playoffs. Duquesne will leave the MAAC with a 75-9 record and eleven league titles.

Duke wide receiver Bruce Hocker will represent Duquesne in the Hula Bowl this Saturday, and Leigh Bodden, a starting cornerback for the Cleveland Browns, is also a Duquesne graduate.

Patterson will compete for playing time with a pair of Duke quarterbacks that helped lead Duquesne to a 6-4 record last season. Sophomore Kevin Rombach played in nine games and threw for 2,410 yards hitting on 61% of his throws. Rombach had 20 touchdowns and only 6 interceptions. Junior Scott Knapp played in five games throwing for 494 yards with a 46% completion rate. Knapp had 4 touchdowns and 1 interception.

Albany was the NEC champion in 2008 posting a 6-0 league mark and 8-4 overall record. Albany lost in the Gridiron Classic to #24 ranked Dayton by a 42-21 final score

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