Patton Looking to Move Up

1 decade 7 months 3 weeks ago Sunday, April 22 2007 Apr 22, 2007 Sunday, April 22, 2007 10:59:10 PM CDT April 22, 2007 in Tiger Talk

Chase Patton, a high school All-American at Rock Bridge, threw for 30 touchdowns his senior season, but he hasn't thrown one in three seasons as a Missouri Tiger. Now, as a red shirt junior and Chase Daniel's backup, general Patton is patiently waiting for his time to strike.

"I got my confidence back I think, its just good to get out here and play football again, and there were some up and downs, I mean even today, so some stuff I need to get better at, but I definitely feel I've gotten better this spring and that's what counts," said Missouri junior quarterback Chase Patton.

Wearing his old high school green, Patton looked right at home in Saturday's Black and Gold game, throwing for 192 yards and two touchdowns. He also earned the title of the spring's Most Improved offensive back.

Chase Patton is a great kid, and he's also a guy that doesn't feel sorry for himself, he'll just keep fighting, swinging, and some guys just take a little longer than others, but I'm really pleased with Chase and he's a fine young guy," said Missouri head football coach Gary Pinkel.

"He's been doing a great job, this whole spring just going and being consistent, cutting down on his interceptions, turnovers, stuff like that, so seeing him come out here and play well was good," said Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel.

And Patton wants his last two years at Mizzou to be memorable ones.

"Knowing that I have two years left, you know, I need to do something with it and it really just comes down to having fun, I think I put a little too much pressure on myself in the past, which is easy to do, but just coming out here every day and just trying to enjoy the sport because that's why we're here," said Patton.

Now, with spring practices complete. The former Bruin is hoping his game doesn't go into hibernation. Patton is currently the second quarterback on the depth chart, moving up one spot from last season.

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