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Patrick ready for nickname
All-out Crusher wants playing time

By Scott Wright Published: October 17, 2006

st got to go out there and play a little harder now."

Patrick looked good at times last season and hasn't had many chances this year. When he's had a chance, it hasn't gone well. The junior fumbled twice against Middle Tennessee State and dropped a pass last week.

Still, offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson said he feels confident in Patrick as long as he doesn't get overloaded.

"I think he's pretty good," Wilson said. "It'll be interesting. When you go from a role guy to the main guy, how much can you put on your plate?

"When you start putting a little bit on a guy's plate, it's a little more than they're used to handling and if mentally you're overloading them, then they're not going to play well."

A short meeting with Wilson reaffirmed Patrick's confidence in himself.

"(Wilson) came to me and just told me I'm the man now, so I've got to go out there and take control," Patrick said.

There were two reasons it was hard for Patrick to see Peterson get injured last Saturday.

Patrick and Peterson are close friends, so Patrick hurt for him when he went down.

"I wish it wouldn't have happened (to Peterson), but here you go. I've got to give it my all. I'm gonna make plays. That's what I do.

"I'm gonna run with a little definition behind it. I'm gonna run for him, too." has disabled the comments for this article.