Published January 22, 2013 - 9:52am
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SDS is continually counting down the top 25 players in the SEC for 2012, and we’re not stopping until we get to that sexy No. 1. We don’t just rank stats or project players at the next level based on athletic superiority, but we rank players based on the season they had in 2012. I know you’ll agree with every single one…
No. 20 – Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee, WR/KR
2012 Stats: 46 catches for 778 yards and five touchdowns; 25 carries for 308 yards and three touchdowns; 24 kick returns for 671 yards and one touchdown
Why he’s worthy: Cordarrelle Patterson arrived at Tennessee from Hutchinson Community College in Kansas with lofty expectations after making JUCO players look silly on film, and he left for the NFL about as quickly as he suited up in Volunteer orange.
Patterson didn’t waste anytime announcing his presence against NC State, either, as he torched the Wolfpack’s vaunted secondary. He caught six passes for 93 yards and a touchdown, and he also rushed two times for 71 yards and a touchdown.
Everyone remembers the end around he took to the house from 67 yards out, but no one can figure out why Derek Dooley and his staff didn’t give him the ball 12 to 15 times per game. Patterson just touched it an average of five times on offense in eight conference games. That’s far too few for such a talented specimen.
Patterson also led the SEC in all-purpose yards. He was good for 154 total yards per game. He caught 46 catches for 778 yards and five touchdowns, and he led the SEC in kick return yardage with 24 attempts for 671 yards and one touchdown.
His receiving numbers might not look impressive to you, but he had Justin Hunter (73 catches for 1,083 yards) and two other 30-plus catch receivers on the team to contend with touches. And while Hunter may have more impressive receiving numbers, I would take Patterson over the Hunter any day. Hunter was soft; Patterson was a stud and a gamer.
Patterson also was the third leading rusher on the Vols’ team, with 25 carries for 308 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 12.3 yards per carry. In total, every time Patterson touched the ball, he was good for 18.49 yards.
The 6-3, 205-pound receiver should be dynamic at the next level and should play on Sundays for a long time.
- No. 21 Chris Smith
- No. 22 Tyler Bray
- No. 23 Tyler Wilson
- No. 24 Johnthan Banks
- No. 25 Sam Montgomery
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