Cordarrelle Patterson

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Cordarrelle Patterson
Cordarrelle Patterson 2014.jpg
Patterson in 2014.
No. 84     Minnesota Vikings
Wide receiver / Return specialist
Personal information
Date of birth: (1991-03-17) March 17, 1991 (age 23)
Place of birth: Rock Hill, South Carolina
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school: Rock Hill (SC) Northwestern
College: Tennessee
NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 1 / Pick: 29
Debuted in 2013 for the Minnesota Vikings
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • Pro Bowl (2013)
  • First-team All-Pro (2013)
  • NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month (December 2013)
  • NFC Special Teams Player of the Month (September 2013)
  • NFC Special Teams Player of the Week (October 2013)
  • First-team All-SEC (2012)
  • NJCAA All-American (2010, 2011)
  • Longest play in NFL history: 109-yard kick return touchdown
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2013
Receptions 45
Receiving yards 469
Rushing yards 158
Kick return yards 1,393
Total TDs 9
Stats at NFL.com

Cordarrelle Patterson (pronounced cor-DARR-əl;[1] born March 17, 1991) is an American football wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL). Patterson played college football for the University of Tennessee. The Minnesota Vikings chose him in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft. On October 27, 2013 in a game against the Green Bay Packers, he set the NFL record for longest kick return with 109 yards, the longest possible kick return.[2] Patterson's nickname is Flash.

Early years[edit]

Patterson attended Northwestern High School in Rock Hill, South Carolina. He spent 2009 at North Carolina Tech Christian Academy, but did not play football. In 2010, he transferred to Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, Kansas, where he played junior college football and was recognized as a NJCAA All-American in 2010 and 2011.[3]

He was a highly touted recruit in 2012 coming out of Hutchinson Community College. Rated as a 5-star prospect by 247Sports.com and the top JUCO player in the country, Patterson received scholarship offers from upper-tier Division I programs.[4] He ultimately chose to attend the University of Tennessee over LSU, Auburn, Georgia, Ole Miss and others. Patterson cited his relationship with Jesus and God as his main reason for choosing Tennessee.[5]

College career[edit]

Patterson received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Tennessee, where he played for the Tennessee Volunteers football team in 2012. He made an immediate impact with his athletic ability and offensive versatility. Primarily a wide receiver, he also excelled as a kick returner, punt return and all-purpose back. He scored at least one touchdown by reception, rush, kick return and punt return, with 10 total touchdowns in 12 games.[6] His 1,858 all-purpose yards broke the school single-season record set by Reggie Cobb in 1987.[7]

Track and field[edit]

Patterson was also a standout athlete for the Hutchinson Community College track team. He ran career-bests of 10.33 seconds in the 100 meters and 21.19 seconds in the 200 meters.[8]

He also competed in the long jump, posting a personal-best jump of 6.82 meters at the 2012 Southwestern Invitational Championships.[9]

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 1 34 in 216 lb 31 34 in 9 in 4.42 s 1.52 s 2.52 s 4.40 s 7.28 s 37 in 10 ft 8 in 11 [10]
All results from NFL Combine[11][12]

Minnesota Vikings[edit]

On January 9, 2013, Patterson—along with college teammates Tyler Bray, Justin Hunter and Darrington Sentimore—announced his intention to leave college early and declare for the 2013 NFL Draft.[13] Patterson was selected with the 29th overall pick by the Minnesota Vikings in the 2013 NFL Draft in a draft-day trade with the New England Patriots; the Patriots received four draft picks. On September 15 Patterson made his first NFL career touchdown by returning the opening kickoff for a 105-yard kick return touchdown. Patterson had an outstanding performance on special teams. He got the honors as NFC Special Teams Player of the month. On October 27 Patterson returned the opening kickoff 109-yards for a touchdown, an NFL record for the longest play ever. After Patterson's performance against the Green Bay Packers he was named NFC Special Teams Player of the week. Patterson leads the league with a 39.1 average on kick returns. On November 7 Patterson caught his first touchdown pass for 2 yards. On December 1 Patterson ran a touchdown for 33 yards helping the Vikings win in overtime. On December 8 Patterson got a touchdown reception for 79 yards and 5 catches with 141 yards. On January 2, 2013, Patterson announced he made it into the Pro Bowl, filling in for Antonio Brown .[14] On January 3, 2014, Patterson was named as a starter on the 2013 Associated Press All-Pro team as the Kick Returner [15]

NFL records[edit]

  • Longest kickoff return touchdown: 109 yards (October 27, 2013)
  • The first NFL player to have a 100-yard kickoff return touchdown, a 75-yard touchdown catch, and a 50-yard rushing touchdown in the same season. (2013)

Minnesota Vikings franchise records[edit]

  • Most kickoff return yards in a season: 1,393 (2013)
  • Highest kick return average in a season: 32.4 (2013)
  • Most kickoff return touchdowns in a season: 2 (2013) (tied with Percy Harvin)[16]
  • Longest rushing play by a receiver: 50 yards (December 29, 2013)
  • Longest play by a Viking: 109 yards (October 27, 2013)

Career statistics[edit]

JUCO statistics[edit]

Year Team GP Rushing Receiving Kick/Punt Returns
Att Yds TD Avg Avg/G Rec Yds TD Avg Avg/G No. Kick Yds Punt Yds TD
2010 Hutchinson CC[17] 11 7 19 0 2.7 1.7 52 908 9 17.5 82.5 21 398 247 3
2011 Hutchinson CC [18] 12 32 379 6 11.8 31.6 61 924 15 15.1 77.0 10 482 0 3
Total 23 39 398 6 10.2 17.3 113 1832 24 16.2 79.6 31 880 247 6

Division I statistics[edit]

Year Team GP Rushing Receiving Punt Returns Kick Returns
Att Yds TD Avg Long Avg/G Rec Yds TD Avg Long Avg/G No. Yds Avg TD Long No. Yds Avg TD Long
2012 Tennessee[19] 12 25 308 3 12.3 67 25.7 46 778 5 16.9 58 64.8 4 101 25.3 1 81 25 671 26.8 1 98
Total 12 25 308 3 12.3 67 25.7 46 778 5 16.9 58 64.8 4 101 25.3 1 81 25 671 26.8 1 98

Minnesota Vikings[edit]

Games / Starts Receiving Rushing Kick Returns Fumbles
Season Team GP GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD Ret Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2013 Minnesota 16 6 45 469 10.4 79T 4 12 158 13.2 50T 3 43 1,393 32.4 109T 2 0 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cordarrelle Patterson, Vikings NFLPA Rookie Premiere 2013. Pro Player Insiders. May 18, 2013. Event occurs at 0:07. Retrieved December 23, 2013. 
  2. ^ burke, chris (October 27, 2013). "Cordarrelle Patterson ties NFL record with 109-yard kickoff return". Audibles blog (Sports Illustrated). Archived from the original on October 28, 2013. Retrieved October 28, 2013. 
  3. ^ Tennessee receiver anxious to face Gamecocks
  4. ^ Cordarrelle Patterson
  5. ^ Comfort level made Patterson a Vol
  6. ^ Cordarrelle Patterson Stats - Tennessee - ESPN
  7. ^ Cordarrelle Patterson, UTSports.com. Retrieved: 18 March 2014.
  8. ^ [1]
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  10. ^ McGinn, Bob (April 17, 2013). "Tennessee's Cordarrelle Patterson has plenty of talent and question marks". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Archived from the original on November 12, 2013. Retrieved November 12, 2013. 
  11. ^ NFL Events: Combine Player Profiles - Cordarrelle Patterson
  12. ^ *Cordarrelle Patterson | Tennessee, WR : 2013 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile
  13. ^ Tennessee WR Cordarrelle Patterson Officially Enters NFL Draft | Bleacher Report
  14. ^ "Cordarrelle Patterson added to Pro Bowl roster as a returner". PFT.com. January 2, 2014. Retrieved January 3, 2014. 
  15. ^ "2013 All-Pro teams". NFL.com. January 3, 2014. Retrieved January 3, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Minnesota Vikings Kick & Punt Returns Career Register". pro-football-reference.com. 
  17. ^ NJCAA | Colleges | Hutchinson Community College | Football | Statistics
  18. ^ NJCAA | Colleges | Hutchinson Community College | Football | Statistics
  19. ^ UTSPORTS.COM - University of Tennessee Athletics - Football

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