Greetings fellow Bandwagoners! Today’s meeting is going to forego the usual rah-rah stuff and talk a little about Quinton Patton.
EastBayNinerFan posted his draft bio yesterday, and after reading it and noticing something in the first part (I quoted it further down) I decided to do a bit more research into our beloved General.
Patton was born in Nashville, Tennessee. He attended La Vergne High School in La Vergne, Tennessee, and played high school football for the La Vergne Wolverines. Patton attended Coffeyville Community College for three years where he played not only WR but DB and punter before transferring to Louisiana Tech University. At Louisiana Tech, he played for the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs football for two years (2011-2012).
Remember the story that broke out shortly after the General was drafted where he flew on his own dime to SF? The 49ers had to tell Quinton to go home, but he impressed the Head Coach, Jim Harbuagh.
"The fact that he would buy his own ticket, fly out here, just to me speaks volumes about him," Harbaugh said. "I mean, to be honest with you, he reminds me of me. That’s something I would have done."
It looks like this wasn’t the first time that this happened with Quinton Patton. From a Matt Barrows article:
Former Louisiana Tech head coach Sonny Dykes on Thursday said those words were a refrain the last two years on the practice field in Ruston, La. where Patton often would stay late to work on his route running. "We told him that many times," said Dykes, who is now the head coach at Cal. "'We got our work done today, Quinton. Let's recharge our batteries and go back to work tomorrow.'"
"Quinton just wanted to prove himself," Dykes said. "Football wasn't one of those things that had been laid out for him. He had to work at it."
Dykes also said that Quinton was considered as a punter. In 2010 for Coffeyville Community College he averaged nearly 40 yards a punt (not too shabby) and had a long one of 75 yards. "He could have done it for us," Dykes said of Patton. "He wasn't a bad punter. But he wasn't in the same category as Ryan (Allen)." Patton would also not be in the same realm as MVLee, but could be the backup punter.
Dykes also compared him to another 49er receiver that he recruited that most 49er fans know very well: Michael Crabtree. The common element both receivers share, Dykes said - they both love the game of football. "That's what separates the good ones from the great ones," he said. "They have a passion for the game."
Patton has the "gift of gab". You can read the full article here. I’m just going to say a few excerpts.
When Rob Likens (the Louisiana Tech Assistant Coach/WR Coach) first met Patton, he thought he took it too far. His first impression: "Dude, shut up." His roommate is quoted saying, "After you get to know him, you see it's his personality. Not just a show." Patton himself admits to talking too much on occasion, but knows there is a time and place. "I talk a little bit. Sometimes more than I need to. But at the end of the day, I shut up and get it done."
He is also a prankster. When warming up at Illinois before the game, he noticed some recruits and decided to have some fun with them. He told them "Hey, I wouldn’t commit here after this game." Initially in shock, the recruits then laughed. If you’re high-strung, Patton will pounce on it. (Watch out Coach Harbaugh!) He has a swagger and was quoted as saying he was the best WR in the draft. Patton describes himself as "fun," as "entertaining," as someone who's "not going to give out, give in, give up, never."
Read the article; lots of cool information about Quinton.
Patton also has a good, if very playful, heart. The Bulldogs lost a close 31-24 game to TCU in the Poinsettia Bowl, but during the broadcast, it came to light that Patton and teammate Adrien Cole gave up the $300 Best Buy certificates awarded to them in their bowl prizes to kids participating in the Make-a-Wish Foundation. (via nfl.com)
As the self-appointed president of the Battlewagon, I found it a fun to read up on the guy. He is confident, talented, has a sense of humor (don’t believe me, just look at some of the dunks he filmed, I’ll bet he was in on it!) believes in a strong work ethic, and is overall a good person.
We are the General's Bandwagon, and we can do whatever we want!