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Feeling at home and healthy at Whitewater

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Drew Patterson found himself at home in Whitewater, got hurt, then got healthy when the Warhawks needed him most.
Photo by Larry Radloff, d3photography.com 

By Josh Smith
D3sports.com

Even though his collegiate career began elsewhere, Drew Patterson felt a connection to UW-Whitewater.

So when he was looking to transfer from Western Illinois, he chose to play where several members of his family had competed before him.

"I wasn't comfortable at the school I was at. I didn't really enjoy where I was," Patterson said. "Making the decision to leave to come here was pretty easy for me. I think I always knew I kind of wanted to be here at Whitewater."

Patterson's grandpa, Jim Ganoung, played wide receiver for the Warhawks in the 1960s. His dad, Tim Patterson, was a defensive back in the mid-80s while his brother, Nick Patterson, recently concluded his career as a tailback for the Warhawks.

"Talking to them was a huge thing for me. I'm really close with my brother – always have been. And I talk about everything with my parents," Patterson explained. "So my dad and brother were able to share some experiences they had, tell me what they thought of the program and what they enjoyed about the community and university, in general."

UW-Whitewater head coach Kevin Bullis said the Warhawks expressed an interest in Patterson as he was completing high school. But knowing that he had Division I opportunities available at that time, the Warhawks gave Patterson some space. But when Patterson opted to transfer, UW-Whitewater was delighted to add him to the running backs group.

Patterson has rushed for over 1,000 yards in his first season since transferring to UW-Whitewater from Western Illinois.
Photo by Larry Radloff, d3photography.com

"We were very excited when we heard that news after the season last year because he's obviously a talented young man," Bullis said. "Most people do go to college where there's some type of connection – somehow, some way. And obviously, family members can be a very important connection.

"It worked in our favor."

In his first year with the program, Patterson has rushed for 1,044 yards and scored 15 touchdowns, despite missing two games with an injury. He returned to the lineup this week, and scored two touchdowns in the Warhawks' 37-9 win over Wittenberg. In the process, he became UW-W's 13th running back to eclipse 1,000 yards in as many years.

"It's an honor to be able to be mentioned with those other great running backs," Patterson said. "But, like I'm sure many of them have said in the past, it can't be done without the rest of your offense – the linemen up front getting that consistent blocking for you, quarterbacks getting you in position to run the right plays and wide receivers blocking down field, allowing those big plays to spring."

Patterson's role within the offense has evolved throughout the season. He began the year splitting carries with Jarrod Ware. Then he shouldered the bulk of the workload when Ware was injured and lost for the season.

"I felt comfortable in both situations – being able to split time with Jarrod and also taking a little more of the carries by myself," Patterson said. "Now we're getting back to being able to split carries with me and Josh Ringelberg. He's really stepped up, and he's running the ball well."

While Patterson was sidelined, both Cam Maly and Ringelberg emerged as running threats, keeping the Warhawks' running game churning. In addition to strong play from the offensive line, Bullis credited running backs coach Nelson Edmunds for helping the position group weather injuries and having his players ready to step in.

Despite strong play from a number of backs this season, Bullis said having Patterson on the field is a boost for the offense because he has great vision and the intelligence to see his reads and make the right move.

"He's a very physical runner," Bullis said, "and he can also make people miss. That's a tough combination – that intelligence, that vision, that quickness and yet the ability to be able to lower his shoulder on someone. Those are all assets that he has."

Patterson is one of several key players getting healthy for UW-Whitewater. Players such as center Nate Trewyn, defensive back Famus Hasty, tight end Brent Campbell and defensive lineman John Flood are getting back on the field, too.

"Getting those guys rolling again, I think, builds a lot of confidence for the team and the players," Bullis said. "And it's good timing, heading into the quarterfinals."

After losing to Mount Union on the road in the 2015 playoffs, UW-Whitewater knows how difficult it can be to win in Alliance, Ohio. So the Warhawks have a lot of respect for John Carroll, which accomplished the feat three weeks ago. But Bullis believes his team his ready to take on its quarterfinal opponent.

"Playoffs is another level of energy. Every game you win, there's a little more energy in the room and on the field," Bullis said. "They'll be a very good challenge. Very physical team. They play a similar style of football. They want to control the line of scrimmage with their D-line and their O-line very much in the matter that we do."

"We've got some momentum going," Patterson added. "We're playing good, complete football at the time we need to be playing it.

"I feel confident with what our offense and defense are doing on the weekends, so it will be exciting this Saturday."

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Bridgewater State 24, at Mass-Dartmouth 22
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at UW-Whitewater 21, UW-La Crosse 14
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Salve Regina 45, at Nichols 10
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Mount Ida 14, at Dean 7
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at Maine Maritime 34, Coast Guard 16
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at Finlandia 27, Trinity Bible 21
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Hamilton 28, at Bowdoin 7
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at Olivet 47, Albion 26
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at Wesleyan 41, Bates 23
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Union 27, at Rochester 0
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Amherst 40, at Colby 7
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at Western New England 41, Endicott 14
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at Brockport 48, Morrisville State 7
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at Plymouth State 16, Framingham State 13
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at RPI 27, Ithaca 14
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Hobart 49, at Hartwick 27
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at Ferrum 34, LaGrange 20
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at Carnegie Mellon 42, Geneva 27
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Ohio Wesleyan 16, at Wabash 13
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DePauw 26, at Denison 17
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at Trine 42, Kalamazoo 7
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at Washington and Lee 47, Guilford 26
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at Husson 49, Castleton 0
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Gallaudet 35, at Alfred State 19
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at Wittenberg 49, Allegheny 15
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Brevard 41, at Methodist 17
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at Lebanon Valley 31, Stevenson 24
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Buffalo State 24, at St. Lawrence 21
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at Cortland 20, Alfred 17
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at Randolph-Macon 52, Emory and Henry 29
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at Wesley 29, Kean 9
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at Hampden-Sydney 58, Apprentice 28
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Frostburg State 59, at William Paterson 7
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at N.C. Wesleyan 45, Greensboro 0
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at Westminster (Pa.) 49, Grove City 27
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Washington and Jefferson 49, at Bethany 14
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Trinity (Conn.) 23, at Tufts 16
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Ohio Northern 27, at John Carroll 20
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Baldwin Wallace 23, at Muskingum 20
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at Mount Union 72, Capital 14
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Rose-Hulman 44, at Manchester 13
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at Hanover 31, Bluffton 28
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Defiance 45, at Anderson 0
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Hiram 62, at Kenyon 56
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Springfield 35, at Merchant Marine 13
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Williams 27, at Middlebury 26
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Marietta 43, at Wilmington 33
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at Berry 34, Hendrix 10
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Curry 40, at Becker 0
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TCNJ 20, at Rowan 14
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Salisbury 28, at Montclair State 10
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at Huntingdon 28, Maryville (Tenn.) 16
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at Austin 33, Millsaps 19
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at Mary Hardin-Baylor 65, Howard Payne 0
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at Washington U. 55, Buena Vista 20
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Alma 27, at Aurora 19
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at Rockford 29, Concordia-Chicago 14
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Wisconsin Lutheran 22, at Concordia (Wis.) 19
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at St. Norbert 10, Chicago 0
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Concordia-Moorhead 45, at Hamline 0
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St. Olaf 22, at Augsburg 20
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Bethel 24, at Gustavus Adolphus 3
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St. John's 35, at Carleton 0
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Centre 27, at Trinity (Texas) 21
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Dubuque 42, at Nebraska Wesleyan 27
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Central 30, at Coe 19
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Lake Forest 56, at Cornell 28
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at Illinois Wesleyan 30, Carroll 0
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Millikin 28, at Augustana 27
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Ripon 52, at Beloit 28
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MacMurray 49, at Minnesota-Morris 13
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Macalester 21, at Lawrence 18
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Case Western Reserve 63, at Thiel 28
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Texas Lutheran 41, at East Texas Baptist 34
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at UW-Stout 21, UW-River Falls 16
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UW-Oshkosh 28, at UW-Platteville 14
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Sewanee 34, at Birmingham-Southern 13
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at Hope 22, Adrian 3
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Linfield 49, at Lewis and Clark 14
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Whitworth 17, at Pacific Lutheran 14
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at Cal Lutheran 42, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 20
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Pomona-Pitzer 45, at Whittier 23
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at Western Connecticut 28, Massachusetts Maritime 21
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at St. Scholastica 56, Martin Luther 21
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at St. John Fisher 39, Utica 36
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at Heidelberg 48, Otterbein 45
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Southwestern 60, at Belhaven 31
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Hardin-Simmons 35, at Sul Ross State 10
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at Wheaton (Ill.) 42, North Central (Ill.) 20
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at Delaware Valley 49, King's 14
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at Cortland 20, Alfred 17
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at Wesley 29, Kean 9
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Frostburg State 59, at William Paterson 7
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at Wittenberg 49, Allegheny 15
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at Brockport 48, Morrisville State 7
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Washington and Jefferson 49, at Bethany 14
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Ohio Wesleyan 16, at Wabash 13
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at Mount Union 72, Capital 14
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at Wartburg 42, Loras 11
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at Berry 34, Hendrix 10
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Springfield 35, at Merchant Marine 13
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at Mary Hardin-Baylor 65, Howard Payne 0
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St. John's 35, at Carleton 0
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at Illinois Wesleyan 30, Carroll 0
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Concordia-Moorhead 45, at Hamline 0
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Case Western Reserve 63, at Thiel 28
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UW-Oshkosh 28, at UW-Platteville 14
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Linfield 49, at Lewis and Clark 14
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at George Fox 58, Willamette 12
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Hardin-Simmons 35, at Sul Ross State 10
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at Wheaton (Ill.) 42, North Central (Ill.) 20
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