Quinton Patton Interview
WR / Louisiana Tech / Sr.

Updated - 6-28-12

By: Alex Khvatov

 

Alex Khvatov: What are your measurements (height, weight and forty time)?

Quinton Patton:  6’2, 195, 4.5.   

 

Alex Khvatov:  How did you get into football in the first place?

Quinton Patton:  My dad just brought me to the park one day.  I was watching my older brother play.  Everyone in my family played football.  My two older brothers played the game.  It was only right for me to play football.      

 

Alex Khvatov:  What schools were interested in you when you were coming out of high school?

Quinton Patton:  No schools showed interest in me. 

 

Alex Khvatov:  How did you wind up at a Community College in Kansas?

Quinton Patton:  I was supposed to go to Antelope Valley Community College in California.  It was the only junior college that was giving me a chance.  But my mom and my high school coach did some research and talked to the coaches at Coffeyville.  So I went there. 

 

Alex Khvatov:  Tell me about your career at Coffeyville Community College.

Quinton Patton:  I redshirted my first year at Coffeyville because I guess that I wasn’t good enough to play yet.  I was getting my grades right.  I got in the weight room.  I got smarter watching film.  I met a good friend of mine.  He is almost like an older brother to me.  Now he is one of my coaches.  His name is Kelton Copeland.  He is the best coach that I have ever had.  He taught me a lot about life and football in general.  He made me mature.  He steered me on the right path.  The second year I stood out in the spring a little because of my work ethic, conditioning and how I performed on the field with my big play ability.  But I felt like I had a bad year during the season.  The coaches felt like I had a pretty good year.  I couldn’t leave yet because my stats and my grades weren’t good enough to come out.  Then the following year, everything just took off from there.  I started working harder.  I put together a very solid year.      

 

Alex Khvatov:  Why did you eventually choose Louisiana Tech?

Quinton Patton:  At first, I took my visit to Troy.  But I was really waiting on Texas Tech.  They came out and watched me work out.  I was told that they would offer me.  Then they gave me a call and told me that they were going in a different direction.  It kind of hurt me.  Then Louisiana Tech was always right there.  I took my visit to Louisiana Tech, and it just made me feel good.  It felt like home away from home.           

 

Alex Khvatov:  Describe your junior campaign to us (79 receptions, 1202 receiving yards and 11 TD’s).

Quinton Patton:  I didn’t expect to have the season that I had.  But I expected to have a decent season, so I can help my team out.  I do have the utmost confidence in myself, but the season was a bit of a surprise.  In the beginning of the season coming out against Southern Miss, I was very nervous.  It was my first Division I game.  Plus it was raining hard on that day.  The receivers don’t like the rain.  I had a breakout game against Central Arkansas.  I had over 200 yards receiving in that game.  I started to get a little more comfortable.  I really got tested when we went to play Mississippi State.  I did pretty decent there.   I used to think that SEC is bigger, stronger and faster conference.  But after the game, I realized that everyone is pretty equal out there on the field.  I gained more confidence after that game.  I just started going out there and feeling that no one can stop me once I stepped on the field. 

 

Alex Khvatov:  Your team had an 8-5 overall record last year, how thrilling was it to be a part of a winning team?

Quinton Patton:  It was pretty good.  But it could have easily been 10-2 or 2-10.  We were just lucky enough to have a winning season.  Our team really jelled together after we started the season by going 1-4 in the first five games.  We jelled and we started taking care of business.                

 

Alex Khvatov:  What are your early impressions about your team coming out of spring practice?

Quinton Patton:  Our team is very, very quick coming out of spring practice.  We are very physical and fast. 

 

Alex Khvatov:  What are your expectations for your senior campaign from a team and individual standpoint?

Quinton Patton:  From a team standpoint, I expect us to win 9 or 10 games.  To be frank, I want us to win all of the games.  Our expectations are to win the WAC again and make some noise in the BCS bowl.  As an individual, I just want to do better than I did last year.      
 

Alex Khvatov:  What are your strengths on the football field?

Quinton Patton:  I think that I stretch the field good.  I think that I got better in my route running.  I have smarts and football IQ.  I know where I am supposed to be.  I am a good blocker.

 

Alex Khvatov:  What areas of your game do you need to improve upon?

Quinton Patton:  I think that all receivers need to work on catching the ball and I am no different.  You can never catch too many balls.  I also need to work on coming out of my route and cutting at full speed.  I need to keep working on my blocking, so I can get every part down.       

 

Alex Khvatov:  What is the highlight of your football career up to this point?

Quinton Patton:  The game that really stood out was when we played against Nevada.  We were down 20-3 in the fourth quarter.  I looked up at the scoreboard with nine minutes to go, and we were losing 20-3.  All of a sudden our offense got on a roll after going three and out most of the game.  We checked off a route.  The play was called, and it was wide right.  But our QB Colby Cameron looked at me and gave me a streak route.  He threw it deep, and I caught it.  After that, everything just seemed to jell.  We came back and won.    

 

Alex Khvatov:  Who are some of the toughest players that you have gone up against during your career? 

Quinton Patton:  The toughest player that I have gone up against is CB Johnthan Banks (Mississippi State).  He is so strong and he has good hips.  But on a consistent basis during practice, it is my teammate Dave Clark.

 

Alex Khvatov:  Which players on your team are ready for a breakout season?  

Quinton Patton:  DT Justin Ellis, RB Tevin King, our other RB Hunter Lee, WR Jacarri Jackson on the other side and slot receiver Myles White.  Myles White should have a big, big year. 

 

Alex Khvatov:  What do you enjoy most about playing football?

Quinton Patton:  Football is just a sanctuary.  No matter what is going on in my life, it is a sanctuary for me.  It is just right for me to be out there. 

 

Alex Khvatov:  What is your definition of a leader? 

Quinton Patton:  My definition of a leader is somebody that can handle their business with saying something or without saying anything.  It is someone who always does the right thing.

 

Alex Khvatov:  What is the greatest lesson that you have learned in life so far?

Quinton Patton:  It is a quote that my coach Kelton Copeland told me at juco.  He told me the hard work that comes fun, success will follow.  I have been following that quote ever since.  When you start having fun and stop complaining, success will start to follow you.           
 

Alex Khvatov:  What do you like to do away from the football field?

Quinton Patton:  I like to shoot basketball a little bit.  I like to play Playstation 3.  I like to cook.  I am good at it. 
 

Alex Khvatov:  What is your favorite meal to cook?

Quinton Patton:  I like to fix some baked chicken with macaroni and cheese and some yams.   

 

Alex Khvatov:  Finish the sentence, Quinton Patton is….

Quinton Patton:  A great person. 

 

 


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