Story from this morning's NEMS Daily Journal.
OXFORD - Wide receiver Pat Patterson has been dismissed from the Ole Miss football team.
The move was reported late Tuesday night by websites Rivals, Scout and RebelGrove.com. Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt confirmed that Patterson was kicked off the team via text message and a release would be forthcoming.
The brief career of Patterson, the former Noxubee County star, has been marked by promise and turmoil.
A member of the 2009 signing class, Patterson was rated by Rivals as the top prospect in Mississippi and the No. 4 wide receiver in the nation.
He showed flashes of athleticism and toughness early last season, but also served a one-game suspension. He was suspended for spring drills, but coaches' comments during that time indicated that Patterson was on track to return to the program in good standing.
With Ole Miss having lost the SEC's leading receiver in 2009, Shay Hodge, a refocused Patterson would have been a prime candidate to make significant gains in playing time and production.
Instead, the Rebels head into the season with only Markeith Summers and Lionel Breaux with any measurable experience at the position and will likely look for quick contributions from newcomers, one of them Vincent Sanders, Patterson's former high school teammate.
Patterson finishes his Ole Miss career with 12 catches for 180 yards and one touchdown.
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