Originally written on The Duck Stops Here  |  Last updated 8/22/13
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...
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