January 22, 2010

Patterson and Sherman talk new A&M defense

Dallas Skyline linebacker Domonique Patterson played the Will linebacker position for the Raiders, which usually involved him walking out on a slot receiver and dropping into coverage. The 6-foot, 225-pound defender committed to Texas A&M last spring under the premise that he would be playing the Sam linebacker spot for the Aggies, which basically involved the same responsibilities but with a different designation.

Patterson watched A&M play throughout the season and saw outside linebacker Garrick Williams have a solid year at the position. He himself made all-district in the same role as Williams and it appeared as though Patterson would be making a seamless transition into a backup role as a freshman.

However, A&M defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Joe Kines retired following an Independence Bowl loss to Georgia and Air Force defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter was brought on this week to take his place. DeRuyter employs a 3-4 defense which meant that Patterson's role might be changing once he arrives on the A&M campus. Thus, Thursday night's in-home visit from Aggie head coach Mike Sherman was important to Patterson in dispelling any fears he might have about the switch to a new defense.

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