[Premium article] Gene's Page interviewed Amory (MS) High School junior tight end Linzy Patterson April 2nd. According to Linzy's head football coach, Pat Byrd, Linzy is 6' 3.25" tall, weighs 216 pounds, runs a 4.8 forty, benches 265 and squats 425. He also mentioned that Linzy, "is a big kid with a big frame who can run and who has great hands.""> [Premium article] Gene's Page interviewed Amory (MS) High School junior tight end Linzy Patterson April 2nd. According to Linzy's head football coach, Pat Byrd, Linzy is 6' 3.25" tall, weighs 216 pounds, runs a 4.8 forty, benches 265 and squats 425. He also mentioned that Linzy, "is a big kid with a big frame who can run and who has great hands."">

Amory HS TE Linzy Patterson

<img src="http://www.genespage.com/images/highschool/football/2003/linzypatterson.jpg" align="left" width="120" height="165"> [Premium article] Gene's Page interviewed Amory (MS) High School junior tight end Linzy Patterson April 2nd. According to Linzy's head football coach, Pat Byrd, Linzy is 6' 3.25" tall, weighs 216 pounds, runs a 4.8 forty, benches 265 and squats 425. He also mentioned that Linzy, "is a big kid with a big frame who can run and who has great hands."

LINZY PATTERSON INTERVIEW.

Do you play any other position other than tight end?
"No sir, just tight end."

What are your strengths as a football player?
"I feel like I'm pretty good at catching the ball. I have good moves for a big guy. I'm also pretty fast for a big guy."

What do you think you need to improve on as a player?
"First of all, I need to gain more weight. I also need to improve my blocking."

What are your personal and team goals for next season?
"At the beginning of the season the seniors make up team goals. Our top two goals are to win the State Championship and North Half. Two others are to beat Shannon (High School) and to win the A-Team trophy."

What is the A-Team trophy?
"Both Aberdeen and Amory are from Monroe county. The winner of that game wins the A-Team trophy. We have won it for the past 16 to 17 years."

What about your personal goals?
"I just want to play to the best of my ability, not get injured and, hopefully, play college football somewhere."

Have you earned any honors?
"Yes sir, Super-24 and All-Division."

What football camps did you attend last summer?
"The Bowden Quarterback/Receiver camp, Mississippi State, UAB, and the Delta State Linemen camp."

Was there anything that stood out about the camps?
"Nothing really stood out. All of the camps were really hands-on camps and all of them were real good camps."

Have you decided what camps you are going to attend this summer?
"I would like to go to the Bowden camp for the 4th straight year. I will also go to State and Ole Miss, more than likely. I am also planning on attending the Southern Miss camp."

Did you attend any college football games last fall?
"Yes sir, I attended the Mississippi State-Arkansas game, although I didn't go as a recruit because I didn't really know any of the players that played at State last year. I went to almost all of the Ole Miss home games. I also went to the Auburn-Louisiana Tech game."

Did you attend any of the college Junior Days this spring?
"I went to the Auburn, State and Ole Miss Junior Days."

What did you think about the different Junior Days?
"It was real nice. The coaches really talked to me at the State Junior Day. Sparky Woods came up to me and sat down and chatted with me. Sparky Woods also introduced me to Glenn Davis."

What did you think about the Ole Miss and Auburn Junior Days?
"They were nice. I liked Auburn's campus."

Do you plan on attending any of the spring football games.
"Yes sir, I am going to attend the Mississippi State game. If we can get there in time, we are also going to the Ole Miss game."

Do you have any family members who have attended college?
"Yes sir, my dad attended Ole Miss and State. My brother went to Ole Miss and my sister-in-law went to Mississippi State."

Have you grown up a fan of any particular college?
"You have to route for the Mississippi teams, but I really liked Florida when I was younger, especially in 1996 when Danny Wuerffel played for them. I really liked that team."

Do you still like Florida?
"They are alright but I like the Mississippi teams now."

What schools are sending you letters?
"I'll start with the SEC schools. Ole Miss, State, Tennessee and Auburn. I've also gotten a couple from West Virginia, Colorado, Texas, Notre Dame, Memphis, Princeton, Harvard, Dartmouth, and Army."

What schools are you most interested in at this time?
"I'm just trying to keep an open mind right now; whatever is going to pay for the education."


Additional notes about Linzy:

  • Linzy, a good student who has already made a qualifying ACT score, will easily qualify.
  • Because Linzy is a playmaker, Coach Byrd plans on trying to get the ball to him more often next season.
  • Linzy comes from a very nice family. I have met and talked with his mother and father, Sylvia and Pat. Coach Byrd also spoke highly of them during my conversation with him.
  • When I asked him a little more about colleges he is interested in, he did say he wants to stay close to home. Close to home to Linzy means staying within Mississippi or a neighboring state.
  • Linzy has been to at least two of MSU's spring practices. He may have attended spring practices at other collegs but I did not ask him that question.
  • His good friend, Bo Laird, a 5-11 point guard for Amory HS, was at Linzy's home when I interviewed him. Bo is currently in the 10th grade. Linzy mentioned that he is a good player.


    Gene Swindoll is the owner of Gene's Page (http://mississippistate.theinsiders.com), the unofficial source for Mississippi State sports and Mississippi high school sports on the internet. You can contact him by email at swindoll@genespage.com.

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