Video: WR Andre Patton at Big Ten Media Day

CHICAGO -- Rutgers wide receiver Andre Patton spoke at Big Ten Media on a variety of topics including progress at the wide receiver position and his personal development from freshman to senior.

Andre Patton on the state of the wide receiver unit without Leonte Carroo…

“With Janarion [Grant] being with his returning yards and his kick returning, his punt returning, I feel like it’s also his time to shine on the offensive side of the ball now that we’re going into the spread offense. More opportunities to touch the ball also for Carlton Agudosi. It’s his time to shine with him going into his fifth year and with him not being able to be put out like that and not being able to play many games in his career, I feel like this year will actually be the year for a lot of guys and the wide receiver unit to shine.”

On embracing the No. 1 receiver spot…

“Yeah, I embrace it. I accept it. And once you accept it and embrace that role, then you can just go on with it and just lead your guys.”

On what he’s seen from the freshmen receivers…

“I’d definitely say coming in as their freshman year, they’re definitely better than me when I was coming in my freshman year. I feel like with them coming in, they’ve got guys like myself from Janarion [Grant] and Vance Matthews who’s another guy who is very, very smart. I feel like they’ve got a lot of older guys to help them and guide them through the process.”

On the improvement of Vance Matthews…

“His work ethic is just unexplainable. He’s one of the hardest working guys I know. So, with him just being able to work so hard, on and off the field, it definitely gives him an advantage of improving his skills. And this spring, I feel like he came out and he had a good spring. He did what he was supposed to do and that kind of made him excel.”

On how comfortable he is in the no-huddle offense…

“Very comfortable. I mean, not being able to run all the way back to the huddle and run all the way back out, that lets a little bit more stress off of us receivers because, considering we are in the spread offense, we run more that it’s less stressful for us without going back to the huddle.”

On if any of the new defensive backs have impressed…

“I wouldn’t say the new DBs, but I would say some of the guys that, the starters that we had like Isaiah Wharton and Blessuan Austin. Those guys have. With them being that first year last and seeing this offseason the improvements they made to better themselves, I feel like they’re definitely gonna come out and do great things for us this year.”


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