QB Quincy Patterson Ready to Tackle Twin Challenges of Tech's Engineering School, Fuente's Offense

Patterson and his head coach talk academics and X's and O's.

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For Chicago native Quincy Patterson, Virginia Tech was love at first sight.

His body language alone during a February visit was enough to convince Solorio Academy head coach Matt Erlenbaugh his star quarterback would be a Hokie.

"When we went out there on an unofficial, you could tell that was going to be it," said Erlenbaugh. "Without saying anything about it, his demeanor and how happy he was the entire time we were there."

After a regional tour that included stops at North Carolina and Virginia, Patterson committed to the Hokies 10 days later.

For the 17-year-old who stated "getting my degree" as the most important part of the student-athlete experience, the Virginia Tech College of Engineering was immediately appealing.

"He's very academically driven," said Erlenbaugh. "He knows that at some point in his life football's going to end, hopefully later than sooner. He really enjoys the challenge of taking the hard classes and really forcing himself to achieve his goals when they're difficult. He's very aware mechanical engineering is not something that most college football players are able to do, but he loves that challenge. Pretty much he goes into the classroom like he goes into a football game, which I think is outstanding. There are not many people out there that are like that."

And while Patterson touts a longstanding fondness for math and a 4.7 / 4.0 GPA, the 247Sports Composite three-star prospect is no slouch on the field either. He made the cut for the prestigious Elite 11, a who's who for quarterback recruits, and earned some rave reviews.

"He's very accurate. He makes the right decisions, the right reads," said Erlenbaugh.

He's very quick with the decisions, if it's not there. He understands coverages better than I've ever coached a quarterback. Just being able to anticipate where people are on the defense, and then going through his progressions and hitting what's open. And then also he's got a cannon."

Though Patterson is striving this season to find the balance between when to let it rip, and when to check the ball down. He readily admits to being too conservative at times, eschewing appropriate risks. Yet knows when he reaches back he can spin it into narrow openings.

"It's 4th-and-12 and we run a post, but the safety is right over the middle and you got the corner falling behind, you got to put it on the money as fast as possible," said Patterson. "I can make those throws."

Erlenbaugh sees it too.

"He's definitely fitting into some tight windows. He's definitely unloading, and throwing the ball downfield more this year."

What helps further separate Patterson from the pack is his ability to overtake and control the game on the ground. Patterson's 6-4, 230 pound frame certainly bolsters that cause. Solorio utilizes a run-first spread option offense, and Patterson is well-versed running RPOs, read options, quarterback counters, and speed options. A familiar bag of tricks for Justin Fuente and Brad Cornelsen.

"Yesterday we had a play, it was a broken play, wide receiver didn't run his route," said Erlenbaugh. "Quincy got contacted in the backfield, and then he dragged a kid for 12 yards, oh well dragged about six kids for 12 yards. He's a guy that doesn't like to go down. He's very upset with himself if it is just one person that takes him down, which is very rare."

The intangibles are abound too.

"(His teammates) don't want to let Quincy down," said Erlenbaugh. "And I think that's something special that he brings. You can tell the guys are picking up their game."

Patterson wrapped up his official visit to Tech two weekends ago. His second trip to Blacksburg.

He met with his future coaches, fellow recruits (he's diligently pitching Tech to blue chippers 5-star DE K.J. Henry and 4-star LB Dax Holifield), took photos, and attended practice.

"I been to a couple college practices, and they didn't really look like what Virginia Tech's practice looked like," said Patterson. "You're sprinting from station to station. Everything is just really fast, and they go between a lot of periods, so nobody's doing nothing. I find that cool."

He also took in Virginia Tech's 59-7 win over North Carolina, an opportunity to envision his future in maroon and orange.

"It was crazy electric," said Patterson. "I've never seen that much energy inside of one place. It's crazy to think I'll be going through that tunnel coming out to all those fans."

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Great write up Joe. Really excited about this kid. He's going to be a good one.

Edit to add: love how you can't tell a size difference between him and the DT beside him.

If I'm gonna be honest, he looks a little bigger than the DT. The DT looks to be about the same mass, but QP looks to have the better refined mass.

I love that we will be having a QB problem in the upcoming years between JJ, Hooker, and QP. Great time to be a Hokie!

"I'm too drunk to taste this chicken" - Colonel Sanders via Ricky Bobby

Man, I just get so amped for this kid. He's got the right mindset and the opportunity and skill set to be a great Hokie.

Great job, Joe!

Year 3 is coming up!

so is 3rd and quincy gonna become a thing?

Taylor, looking desperately throws it deep..HAS A MAN OPEN DANNY COALE WITH A CATCH ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE FIVE!!!!....hes still open

It already is.

Pain is Temporary, Chicks Dig Scars
Glory is Forever, Let's Go Hokies!!

No, opposing defenses won't hold him to 3rd down.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used."
- The BoD

that would be awesome. Receivers are all covered up on 2nd and 12? QP just runs for 15.
#NoPassingDowns

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2nd and 12?

What makes you think there will be a 2nd and 12?

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used."
- The BoD

3 Holding calls and an bogus offensive PI, puts VT in 1st and 55. After a 43 yd pass, VT has a very makable 2nd and 12.

Touche, sir.

Tou-fucking-che.

"How the ass pocket will be used, I do not know. Alls I know is, the ass pocket will be used."
- The BoD

If Fuente can get everything out of his skill set, he's going to have a dominant career at Virginia Tech.

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

You mean if Fuente is still here...dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge again! /s

"Take care of the little things and the big things will come."

Really...just run!

Year 3 is coming up!

Everything is just really fast, and they go between a lot of periods, so nobody's doing nothing.

I skimmed through this and when I first read this line, I cringed a little. Then I re-read it and realized he actually used this phrase correctly. I'm proud of our school for landing a kid this talented and well spoken. Can't wait to see him starting under center in a few years.

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Can't wait for him to get out there and start playing for us...but if he starts, I'm not sure if I'm ready for how many times I'm expecting ESPN to tout him as the new Josh Dobbs with a story every game along the lines of "DID YOU KNOW THIS QB IS ALSO AN ENGINEER AND HAD A 4.7 GPA IN HS?!?!?!?!?!"

Meh, much better advertising for us than the size of Boykin's gloves or the fact that LT3 was recruited as a TE or any number of narratives they parrot.

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Ah, Josh Dobbs. The guy taking sophomore level Aero classes as a senior

Rip his freaking head off!

Nice to see that he is not scared with our crowded QB room. Come to the good guys

I can imagine no more rewarding a career. And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction:
“I served in the United States Navy"

KCCO

247Sports Composite three-star prospect

(Chuckling to myself inside....)

In their defense, offensive lineman are very hard to project out of high school.

Not to over-analyze this, but i don't think the guy in this gif is actually saying "very clever".....

There appears to be a hard British accent

I just sit on my couch and b*tch. - HokieChemE2016

"Very Cleeee-var"

Year 3 is coming up!

I hate to get my hopes up, but my hopes are up. Sounds like QP can be a program-changer.

As an EE, I cannot fathom football and an engineering degree. Seems like that would take the 6+ year plan...

(My boy will be starting engineering school next year. I wonder if QP wants a smart roommate?)

In no way to discredit your statement, GT had an OL who had a 3.95 in Aerospace Engineering (prob the most difficult degree offered in a college). I was blown away that someone could dedicate so much time to football and do that well in an engineering program, let alone AE.

As an AE, I can only say I didn't pull off close to a 3.95, and instead of football, all I had were beer and women distracting me.

In college, I gave up drinking and women to remove distractions. It was the worst 15 minutes of my life.

"I'm too drunk to taste this chicken" - Colonel Sanders via Ricky Bobby

Haha 10/10.

On another note it's amazing how much easier college is without distractions. My roommate went on mandatory vacation for poor grades and returned to finish his final 2 years with a 4.0.

Respect. 15 minutes is like a lifetime.

"Don't go to, go through"

I don't think I'd agree Aerospace Engineering is the most difficult degree. I initially chose AE because I thought EE was the scarier challenge. After completing two and a half years in AE with good grades, I switched to EE, which I found to be more challenging to keep the GPA at a high level.

In my experience, it's not the degree that determine grades anyway.... it's all about personal commitment to do what it takes to earn the grades. Quincy Patterson looks like a guy who clearly performs at a high level, and I have no doubt he will excel at whatever he chooses to do. I'd love to see him with the good guys. My favorite recruit so far.

SkyHogHokie, the end of AE (to me) was much harder than the beginning. I'm not saying EE is easier or harder (I had to teach myself a bunch of EE stuff while working in the space industry and its certainly difficult), but I'm not sure you can really compare without completing both curriculums.

I tell people I majored in Engineering and the reply always goes along the lines of how hard engineering is. My counter to that is that I would have struggled if I had studied philosophy or English. I enjoy math and the challenges engineering presents, therefore I did well. However, I don't think I would have enjoyed or gotten good grades in some of the "easier" majors. Just a thought.

Well said! The only respect that I think some majors were "easier" were lower credit requirements. When I was at VT, a business degree required 120 credits while engineering was 136

I think forestry was 128 for me and I ended up with ~145 with dual enrollment from hs. And forestry is predominantly math with some science. For instance, we learned how to plan roads in my boundaries and roads class. Freaking tangents for switchbacks on mountain road is ridiculous. That and we learned very roughly how to design Bridges and low water crossings. And at least when I was there 7 yrs ago, we we're the #1 forestry school in the nation.

TLDR, forestry has maths and things too. It's not just the engineering and architecture people

The Mud Dogs are going to the Bourbon Bowl!!!

I'd like to take this opportunity to point out that Zion DeBose is majoring in Architecture. While he's not in line to be the QB, balancing football and an Arch course load and studio time is going to be a lot to handle. But I have no doubt he can do it. The kid is extremely intelligent.

AE? I always thought that EE and ChemE were the toughest...

what's fun is that, at least when I was coming up in ME, they hit you with all the weed out classes in the fall of each year. I easily had 50% more work every fall as compared to the following spring.

That said, I definitely knew some guys that coasted through their degree with minimal effort and good grades and could totally see some of them playing a varsity sport instead of wasting their free time on video games.

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He's perfect.

Another white bronco? The first one didn't go too far.

How does Fuente manage this crowded of a QB room? And I assume one of them will leave in the coming years because they will be the odd man out. That kinda sucks, but I guess its a good problem for us.

This is what elite programs do, it creates competition which makes everyone better. If someone doesn't want to compete they can go to LOLUVA.

1-0 every week

A stellar student and an athlete.... A win, win. He clearly knows what he wants and doesn't want to waste time not making decisions. And he loves math, so he'll love TKP!

I'd think the absolute worst thing a current player could do is be part of a site like this. I see no upside. That said, I think it would be great to get more alumni athletes and other folks with relevant experience to join and be able to contribute from their unique perspective.

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I can tell you currents players love this site. Especially giftory.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

Join us in the Key Players Club

Who doesn't?

#thingsiblamethemvsfor

Paging that Butch Jones account

Chem PhD '16

Anybody know of any job openings?

Hey where did you get that garbage can? I need a new one and that thing looked high quality.

Since you agree I ain't gonna let you drive this car to dinner and I agree you ain't gonna let me drive this car to dinner, there's only one way to settle this.

Holy shit! 16 mins to go 6.5 miles? Fix your city!

Since you agree I ain't gonna let you drive this car to dinner and I agree you ain't gonna let me drive this car to dinner, there's only one way to settle this.

Also, did anyone else at the UNC game hear our PA Announcer drop Patterson's name on a play? He said "Fox catches a pass by Patterson."

I heard it as did several around that were like "Who is Patterson?" Wonder if it was planned so that QP could hear his name over the PA while he was in attendance...

I heard that too!

I suspect you both had alcohol induced brain interpretation issues. Jackson instead of Patterson

By the number upvotes, I'm going to say we weren't the only ones. An hour and a half before kick I had to chug a Hurricane malt liquor. Anybody every participated in the Big Beer Game at the tailgate up on Chicken Hill next to the band complex?

My wife lost big time and I did pretty well ending up with some New Belgium Session IPA. I offered to trade her because she had to go march in with the MV alumni band in about 30 minutes. So I slammed her loser "beer". But I was told my impending drunk didn't count because it was a hurricane.

Actually it was when Bush was in the game.

You can actually hear the PA announcer on the replay... "Coleman Fox.... catches a pass..... from Patterson."

This guy sounds like the next Andrew Luck with his balance of academic and athletic talent. When I did ME, I barely had time to play NCAA Football '09 on my PS3. Kudos to Quincy; best of luck.

"What kind of person would throw away a perfectly good dog?"

If he's good at math and has good work ethic, he'll be fine in the engineering school. I'm not going to say it was easy, but getting an engineering degree really isn't as hard as people are making it out to be (unless we're talking about aero or one of the other more difficult disciplines). I know plenty of civils/mechanicals/ISEs who would get drunk three times a week, have a part time job, and play FIFA non-stop and still pull a 3.5.

Football players also take 4 classes a semester, have tutors, and have other students kissing their ass and helping them with stuff. He's a smart guy; he will be fine if engineering is the route he chooses.

As a fellow civil grad... guilty as charged

Dated a Civil major most of my senior year -- can confirm, she was hammered more than she was sober and still managed decent grades.

civils/mechanicals/ISEs who would get drunk three times a week and play FIFA non-stop and still pull a 3.5.

Hey, I resemble that remark.

"That move was slicker than a peeled onion in a bowl of snot." -Mike Burnop

Was I the only civil who studied like a madman when I had time? Then again I had to work while I was at tech to live, tuition was covered but that was it.

4.7 GPA, seriously? I don't think my GPA from high school through law school combined would equal 4.7.

QP definitely looks the part of being a program changing talent, he's all VT and talking us with with 'cruits. He seems to have both the physical and mental tools to blow some VT football records out of the water. Then you stack on all that on top of being well spoken and his picking VT for academics as well and...

I approve of this gif

I did the football *and* ME thing, fortunately at VMI where there weren't very many distractions. A lot of late nights.

VT grad school was the first college experience I ever had, and I was lucky to make it through. I remember taking a test the morning after I discovered "rails" at the Balcony.

I was surrounded by people who had already learned the college lessons, I know they got a laugh out of me.

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#extendbronco

Rah Va Mil!

My first college experience after mother I was in the college of hard knocks in Las Vegas... Whoever thought it was a good idea to send someone that spent the better part of 4 years on confinement to Las Vegas immediately following for work made poor choices, or maybe that was me. Either way I sure had fun!

in Fuller we trust

Nice article, I had said months ago that everyone would offer and I was dead wrong! Good!@

"Oregon contacted me, Ohio State, and then Penn State when Justin Fields de-committed, but other than that, people took my 100% committed seriously, which I wanted them to."

Patterson reiterated that nothing has changed with that even with these schools coming after him. He is recruiting on behalf of the Hokies this week with tight end target Kyle Pitts among the names he is working on. His loyalty to the Hokies boils down to several factors.

"Originally, it was the coaches," he explained, "and once I went on a visit and saw the engineering facility, when they took me over and I saw that, it was a done deal. Then what has kept me there is the coaching staff. They are dedicated to the students and players. [Head coach Justin Fuente] just signed another contract, so he's here to stay. It's a great feeling knowing your head coach isn't going anywhere anytime soon."

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Year 3 is coming up!

Still blows my mind that he is a 3 star prospect. I would think he would be 4 at minimum!

After a regional tour that included stops at North Carolina and Virginia, Patterson committed to the Hokies 10 days later.

^^ really makes sense after reading the following.

For the 17-year-old who stated "getting my degree" as the most important part of the student-athlete experience

He's very academically driven

He really enjoys the challenge of taking the hard classes and really forcing himself to achieve his goals when they're difficult.

He's very aware mechanical engineering is not something that most college football players are able to do, but he loves that challenge.

And while Patterson touts a longstanding fondness for math and a 4.7 / 4.0 GPA

And of course because:

He makes the right decisions

Tyrod did it Mikey, Tyrod did it!!