Chris Patterson, LB, 6'3, 218, 4.48, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Junior College:
JH: It has been a long time since we have talked, so please catch us up and let us know how you are doing and what position you are playing at NEO?
CP: "I am playing SAM backer, the same position that Clint Ingram plays. Things have been going pretty well for me. I have been learning all the play calls and everything. The more I learn about the defense the better I play."
JH: What are your stats so far this season?
CP: "So far this season I have 89 tackles, three sacks, three punt blocks, one field goal block, four forced fumbles and two interceptions. I also have four pass break-ups."
JH: I guess you are staying on the field during passing downs?
CP: "Yes, I play the nickel back in passing downs. They give me a chance to play in open space and I do well. Sometimes we play a safety over the top and that means I get to man-up on the receiver, and I do very well."
JH: I hear you are very good in pass coverage.
CP: "Most people get converted to linebacker and I have been playing linebacker since I was little league. The flats don't change no matter what level of football I have been playing. Defensive coordinators that I have played for have just always put me in position to make plays."
JH: You come from Chicago so I figure that things were a little different for you in Miami, Oklahoma?
CP: "For a long time it wasn't always good, because I was away from the family for the first time. I was redshirting so I wasn't playing and I wasn't used to just practicing and not playing. That was very tough on me. Now I am playing and things are going a lot easier for me."
JH: Have you been able to make it up to Norman much?
CP: "I made it up for the TCU game, but that is all the time I have had. I have been busy with my own games. I haven't had time to get back to Norman."
JH: Are you still committed to OU?
CP: "Yes I am."
JH: It seems like you have been waiting forever to play for OU. I bet you can't wait for next season to get here?
CP: "I am very excited. It has been a long time coming and I am looking forward to it."
JH: Do you get a chance to talk to Coach Venables much?
CP: "We don't talk too often, but we talk every once in a while. I may see a blitz and I will keep it in my mind and call him about it. He just laughs at me because he knows that I am seeing some of the same blitzes that they run."
JH: Do you think you will be a SAM backer at OU?
CP: "Yes, I think I will play the SAM linebacker at OU. I thought I might play safety, but that is not going to happen. The SAM backer comes off the edge a lot and they also play in open space a lot, and that is where my skills fit best."
JH: What kind of impact do you think you will make at OU next year?
CP: "The way I look at the situation is that I expect to be thrown right into the fire. I know that they have a great linebacker leaving, but they also have great linebackers waiting in the wings. I think it is my time to play linebacker at Oklahoma. I am two years older and two years more mature than from the time I signed with them. I feel I have put in my time here at NEO and when I get to OU, I feel that it is going to be my time to play linebacker at OU. Plus, when I get to OU I am already going to know the defense so well."
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