Sean Patterson Interview
QB / Duquesne / Sr.

Updated - 9-21-12

By: Alex Khvatov

 

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

Sean Patterson:  I am 6 foot 2, I weighed in at camp at 213 pounds and my fastest 40 is just under 4.6.  It was actually a 4.58.          

 

Alex Khvatov:  Coming out of high school, what programs showed interest in you?

Sean Patterson:  My recruiting out of high school was kind of a unique situation.  I got hurt my junior year.  So I missed all of the recruiting combines.  I received a lot of interest from MAC schools and a couple of Big 10 schools.  But they tailed off because of my injury.   

 

Alex Khvatov:  What made you choose Duquesne?

Sean Patterson:  Duquesne recruited me out of high school pretty hard.  I actually committed to Weber State coming out of high school in Utah.  Coach Ron McBride used to coach there.  I went on a visit there and I really liked it.  I actually went out there right after I graduated high school.  It just didn’t work out for me.  It had nothing to do with football.  It was more me being a young kind and being away from home.  Duquesne has always been there.  So after I came back home, that is how I wound up at Duquesne. 

 

Alex Khvatov:  How much time did you spend at Weber State?

Sean Patterson:  I was out there for the summer.  I didn’t even enroll in classes.  I was a young kid.  I was just homesick.  But it has worked out for the best.  I am glad that I chose Duquesne. 

 

Alex Khvatov:  Did you enroll at Duquesne right after you came back home?

Sean Patterson:  When I came back home, it was already late.  Football has already started.  It was so long ago.  I knew that I was going to go there.  I didn’t physically enroll in classes until the next spring.  I missed the fall and enrolled in the spring.             
              

Alex Khvatov:  Describe your career at Duquesne for us. 

Sean Patterson:  As a freshman, I saw some action.  I had two or three starts towards the end of the season.  I did well for the team.  My sophomore year, I became the starting QB.  We have had a pretty good run since I have been here.  We made the transition from the MEAC conference to the Northeast conference.  I have had a pretty good career.  We were 7-4 my sophomore year and we were 9-2 my junior year.  We were co-conference champs last year. 
 

Alex Khvatov:  Tell us about your sophomore campaign from a team and individual standpoint.

Sean Patterson:  As a team, we did well.  We started off pretty slow.  I think that we lost a few games out of the gate.  We had a 3-4 record early on, but we finished the year 7-4.  It was my first year as a full-time starter.  It was a big learning curve when you go from seeing limited action to being a starter.  It was good to get that action as a freshman.  I tried to continue to grow and get better.  As the year went on, I think that I progressed and did pretty well. 

 

Alex Khvatov:  How about your junior season?    

Sean Patterson:  Last year was a really successful season for me individually and our team as well.  I really picked up the running side of my football game.  I rushed for over 600 yards.  I also threw for about 2,000 yards.  It was a successful season.  We had some good wideouts and a good core group of seniors.  I believe that I really came into my own as a complete QB.   

 

Alex Khvatov:  What have you learned about your team after fall practice?

Sean Patterson:  We have been gearing up for the season.  We are finding out who is ready to go out and contribute on the field.  The biggest thing for me is that we replaced a lot of guys.  It is hard to replace good players.  But I think that we have done a good job at it.  We have a lot of young guys that have come to camp.  They are focusing.  They are doing what they are supposed to do.  It helps me focus better too and become a better player as well.                                               

 

Alex Khvatov:  What are your expectations for your senior season?

Sean Patterson:  We are just trying to build off the success that we had last year.  We were 9-2.  We were co-champions.  But we lost to Albany on the road, and they got an automatic bid to the playoffs.  I would say that anything short of a Conference Championship and a playoff birth would be underachieving.  I just want to help my team get better and win.  It is the most important goal.            

 

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

Sean Patterson:  One of my strengths is the ability to extend the play.  I am mobile.  When the play breaks down, I have the ability to extend the play and make things happen.  I also have a competitive attitude.  I have a never say die attitude.  We have had a couple of games during my career where we had been ridden off, but we have come back and won in the last couple of minutes of the game.    

 

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

Sean Patterson:  As a quarterback, you can always get better every single day.  One of the things that I have worked on this summer is my accuracy.           

 

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

Sean Patterson:  I would say the final game against Robert Morris last year.  They beat us pretty good the year before.  It was good to come out and beat them.  Everybody had a good day.  It was our senior day.  We got a chance to celebrate the Championship in our locker room after the game.  I would always remember that game.  There was another game against Wagner my sophomore year on the road.  I believe that we were down 20-7 in the fourth quarter.  We scored and made it 20-14.  We were pinned inside the one yard line.  There was about 2-3 minutes left on the clock.  We drove 99 yards and scored with about 15-20 seconds left on the clock.  I rolled out right and one of our receivers was crossing over the middle.  I threw it over a couple of guys’ heads, and he caught it.  It was a really good feeling for me when we scored that TD. 

 

Alex Khvatov:  That is amazing.  Not many people get a chance to do that.  It is almost a John Elway type of comeback.

Sean Patterson:  You know there was actually an article that came out.  Wagner’s fans started to leave because they thought that it was over.  There was an article in one of the New York’s newspapers where it was written that Wagner loses on an Elway type drive.  It is funny that you said that.

 

Alex Khvatov:  What is your definition of a leader?

Sean Patterson:  As a QB, you have to set an example for everyone else.  You have to be comfortable with everyone.  You have to be the first one to practice and the last one to leave.  At the end of the day, guys look at the quarterback.  As a QB, you don’t necessarily have to be the most vocal guy, but I am a firm believer that you lead by example.  I pride myself on leading by example.  I hold other guys to a certain standard as well.  I don’t point the finger at anyone else, but I expect others to be accountable.  Holding yourself accountable, leading by example and holding others to the same standard as you hold yourself. 

 

Alex Khvatov:  What separates you from the other quarterbacks in the nation?

Sean Patterson:  I am a super hard worker.  I will do everything possible to make it at the next level.  There are other guys out there, but my dual threat ability sets me apart.  I am not just a running QB or a throwing QB.  If the pocket breaks down, I will take off and make plays with my feet.  Or I can sit in the pocket and make plays with my arm.  I look to do what the defense gives me.                                                                       

 

Alex Khvatov:  What is your favorite NFL team?

Sean Patterson:  I have always been a Pittsburgh Steelers fan.  It is ironic that I ended up going to college about two miles from their stadium.  My grandfather is originally from Pittsburgh and my father’s side of the family is from here.  I was raised a Steelers fan.  I couldn’t root for another NFL team.             

 

Alex Khvatov:  Who is your favorite NFL player?

Sean Patterson:  I would have to say Tom Brady. 

 

Alex Khvatov:  How can you root for Tom Brady when you are a die hard Steelers fan?

Sean Patterson:  As I have gotten older, I have learned to appreciate good football.  When I was younger, I was a super die hard Steelers fan.  I would get really upset when they lost.  I really admire the way Tom Brady plays the game.    

 

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

Sean Patterson:  We have an offense which features receivers.  Although they haven’t played as much, they are ready to step up and have big seasons.  Gianni Carter is a bigger receiver at 6’3, 200 pounds.  He had to sit out last year because he was a transfer from Montana State.  We are looking for him to have a good year.  Another guy is Sean Brady.  He is a younger guy.  He is shifty in the slot.  We are looking for these guys to step up.                      
 

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

Sean Patterson:  There is nothing better than waking up on Saturday morning, walking up to the stadium and getting ready for the game.  There is no other feeling like it. 

 

Alex Khvatov:  What do you plan to do with your life after your football career is over?

Sean Patterson:  I really have a passion for football and sports as well.  I would like to get involved in coaching or the athletic administration level.  I am enrolled in the Master’s program in Duquesne right now for sports leadership. 

 

Alex Khvatov:  What makes you a unique individual? 

Sean Patterson:  I am ambidextrous.  I am a lefty.  But I can throw pretty well with my right hand as well.  I can do most things with both hands.  I eat right handed.  I golf right handed.  I swing a baseball bat right-handed.              

 

Alex Khvatov:  What do you like to do in your free time?

Sean Patterson:  I enjoy hanging out with my friends and family.  I like to golf.  I enjoy going fishing.         

 

Alex Khvatov:  What is your best score at golf?

Sean Patterson:  I am not that good at golf.  I shoot in the high 80’s. 

 

Alex Khvatov:  How does it feel being a small fish in a large pond?

Sean Patterson:  I wouldn’t say that it is disheartening.  I love playing at Duquesne.  But every once in awhile when I come home and turn on the TV, I see Ohio State playing in front of a large crowd.  I am not in that situation, so I don’t how it feels to play in front of such a large crowd.  I enjoy playing at Duquesne. 

 

Alex Khvatov: Is the NFL a dream or a reality at this point? 

Sean Patterson:  Prior to the summer, it was definitely a dream.  But I went out to California for a couple of weeks and I had a chance to work with a really good QB coach in Steve Calhoun.  I had an opportunity to throw with some NFL QB’s.  I saw that I can really throw with these guys.  These are the same guys that you read about and see on TV.  When you are at a small school, you don’t get publicized as much.  It is when I realized that it could happen.  I just saw it as an attainable goal.  

 

Alex Khvatov:  Finish the sentence, Sean Patterson is ….

Sean Patterson:  On the field, I am a fierce and intense competitor with a never say die attitude.  I am willing to do anything to get the job done for himself and most importantly his teammates.  Off-the-field, I am a laid back, relaxed, easy-going and funny guy.  I am totally different on and off-the-field.      

 

 


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