Oct. 10, 2012
ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio football freshman kick returner Daz' Patterson was one of six players across the country to earn College Performance Awards National Kickoff Returner of the Week.
Patterson (Plant City, Fla.) joined Quincy McDuffie (UCF), Sean Tapley (North Carolina), Dri Archer (Kent State), Trey Watts (Tulsa), Demitri Knowles (Virginia Tech) as the nation's top returners.
The weekly honor is the second for Patterson, who was selected as the Mid-American Conference East Division Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday.
Patterson received the awards after he gave the Bobcats their first points of the afternoon against Buffalo as he took a kickoff 100 yards the other way for his first career touchdown to cut the Bulls' lead in half at 14-7.
Patterson's touchdown tied the school record for longest kickoff return. It was also the Bobcats' first kickoff return for touchdown since Chris Garrett did so back in 2009. Patterson finished the afternoon with 126 kickoff return yards.
Ohio returns to action this weekend as it welcomes Akron to Peden Stadium for a 2 p.m. kickoff that will be aired on ESPN3.