Nine days. That's barely more than a week after eight months of waiting. Ask Avery Patterson how long that was.
Patterson's made a full recovery from a torn ACL, a courageous and thorough rehab that rivaled Adrian Peterson's in its intensity. A senior leader with an inspiring story, he'll be one of the Ducks counted on in a very strong secondary this season.
#21 for the Ducks defense is a valuable resource for John Neal and Nick Aliotti, because the 5-10, 189-lb. defensive back can play all five positions in the defensive backfield. He's a capable cover man who can play cornerback on either side, comfortable in the nickle back position lining up on a slot receiver, and knowledgeable at either safety spot.
Run Forest, run: Avery Patterson discovers his magic legs, timing an out route with great anticipation for a 34-yard pick-six in a September road game against Washington State (Otto Greule jr., Getty images photo)
Patterson can strike a blow. He's fierce hitter who's l...