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College Football Spotlight: Senior Wide Receiver Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech

by Lee Brecheen

Quinton Patton
Quinton Patton (Photo courtesy of Louisiana Tech)

March 22, 2012 – In the past, Louisiana Tech in Ruston, Louisiana, was able to sign a no-name Quarterback from Junior College named Tim Rattay.  Rattay broke a few NCAA records and a lot of Louisiana Tech records, and he played in the NFL for a few years and might be in the NFL in 2012.  Let’s fast forward to the year, and there’s another future NFL star named Quinton Patton, a wide receiver.

You have to take off your hat to the Louisiana Tech coaching staff for finding talent in the Junior College ranks when it comes to Wide Receiver and future NFL player Quinton Patton.

Quinton Patton returns at Wide Receiver for Louisiana Tech in 2012 after catching 79 passes for 1,202 yards to go with 11 Touchdowns in 2011.  This star Wide Receiver totaled 1,369 total yards for Louisiana Tech as a Wide Receiver, Kickoff Returner, and Punt Returner.

Quinton was not a household name prior to last year, and he started his career off at a Junior College called Coffeyville Junior College in Kansas.  Quinton became a recruit by being named the team’s MVP in 2010 as a Wide Receiver.  Quinton played high school football in LaVergne, Tennessee.

Going into the 2012 season Quinton Patton is not only the best draft eligible pro prospect for Louisiana Tech in 2012, but he’s one of the best Wide Receivers in college football.  I had a chance to watch a few games of Louisiana Tech on the tube, and I was extremely impressed with this kid’s God given ability to run and catch and his toughness and moves in open field.  This kid is a special player for Louisiana Tech, and he has a chance to at least chip away some into the record books of former WR Troy Edwards who also left his mark on the program and was QB Tim Rattay’s favorite target while at Louisiana Tech.

If you know anything about football all it takes is one game to watch this kid. You will come away impressed with his ability for the next level and what he does for his team as a play maker every down. He’s a threat to go the distance.  I would not want to be a Cornerback having to guard this kid for a full game.

Quinton Patton
Quinton Patton (Photo courtesy of Louisiana Tech)

In the Poinsettia Bowl game that Louisiana Tech lost 31 to 24 in the last few minutes to the Texas Christian Horn Frogs, Quinton Patton was double teamed and sometimes triple teamed in coverage and still managed to catch 6 passes for 75 yards with one TD.

This kid is already up for the Biletnikoff Award given to the nation’s top Wide Receiver in college football every year.  I would not be shocked if this kid catches 100 passes in a season by season’s end if he keeps working hard and stays healthy for a full season.  Remember Troy Edwards was 5-10 in height and 195 to 200 pounds.  Quinton Patton stands 6-2 in height and weighs an athletic lean 195 to 200 pounds with more room to grow.

Remember the name Quinton Patton because one day he will be on a NFL roster for some lucky team as a draft pick after the 2012 season.

 

Notes:

Quinton Patton can punt if needed.

Quinton also could be a starting Punter for most DI programs.  Back in his Junior College Days at Coffeyville in Kansas, Quinton was also the team’s punter in 2009 and 2010 with an average of close to 40 yards a punt.  He once hit a 75 yard punt in a game in 2010 at Coffeyville.  There’s only one problem – the nation’s best Punter from 2011 was Ray Guy award winner Ryan Allen.

 

Read more on Quinton Patton and the rest of the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs in the 2012 Louisiana Football Magazine Preview Issue which comes out in August.  You can pre-order the magazine on our online store at www.lafootballmagazine.com/store.

About Lee Brecheen

Lee Brecheen, is the owner and publisher of La, Football Magazine and TV show. He is relentless in his pursuit for excellence. He initially broke into the business in 1992 as a football scout. It is his intent to be fair and honest to all high school players and coaches in Louisiana. Lee strives to be the most thorough and accurate researcher and analyst in order to give the best evaluation of all Louisiana high school football talent. He regularly consults with, and is sought by major college football programs throughout the country for information and advice regarding scholarship prospects from among Louisiana’s high school players at all levels of potential.