Oregon Ducks free safety Avery Patterson, a redshirt senior from Pittsburg High School (Pittsburg, California), enters his fifth season in the Oregon program.
Before joining the Ducks, Patterson starred as a defensive back and running back earning second-team all-state, first-team Contra Costa Times and first-team all-East Bay. As a sophomore he rushed 73 times for 394 yards (5.4 YPC) and two touchdowns and had 30 tackles and five pass deflections. As a junior he had 55 rushes for 315 yards (5.7 YPC) and three touchdowns, six catches for 58 yards and 31 tackles. As a senior he developed more as a defensive star, rushing 20 times for 205 yards (10.3 YPC) and two touchdowns along with 44 tackles and two interceptions.
In 2009, Patterson spent his first season in Eugene redshirting.
In 2010, Patterson played in all 13 games for the Ducks including the BCS National Championship Game against Auburn. Patterson finished the year with 19 tackles (12 unassisted, seven assisted), one pass deflection and his first career interception against New Mexico in his collegiate debut. The bulk of his workload came on special teams.
In 2011, Patteson appeared in all 14 games and even earned two starts (one at FS, one at ROV). He finished the season fifth on the team in tackles with 55 (39 unassisted, 16 assisted), 1.5 tackles for loss, one forced fumble and one recovery, five pass deflections and a blocked punt. He posted a career-high, and team-high, eight tackles against Missouri State.
In 2012, Patterson spent the first game of the season behind starter John Boyett. After Boyett was lost for the year to a sever injury, Patterson stepped in and quickly became one of the biggest playmakers for the Ducks. He appeared in 10 games including nine starts at FS before falling to a knee injury himself against Cal. Patterson finished the year with 44 tackles (22 unassisted, 22 assisted), 1.5 tackles for loss, six pass deflections, a fumble recovery and three interceptions (two pick-sixes in back-to-back weeks and one that was nearly another).
Patterson did not participate in the 2013 Oregon Spring Game while still recovering from the knee injury.
Going into the 2013 season, Patterson is fully recovered and ready to go. He’ll move into Boyett’s starting spot on a permanent basis and will challenge for All-Pac-12 honors.