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This Guy Plays Notre Dame Football: #55 Jarrett Patterson, Offensive Line

The Wily Vet Returns to the Starting Lineup in 2021

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have a roster full of players, and we want to talk about them all. One Foot Down’s player profile series will, once again, take a look at every single one of them, and hopefully we all learn a little bit more about these guys, and Notre Dame’s chances for the upcoming 2021 season.

#55 Jarrett Patterson, OL

Next up is rising Senior OL Jarrett Patterson, standing 6’4/315 from Laguna Hills, California. Patterson entered Notre Dame modestly ranked compared to his peers, which makes his rise that much more exciting. It feels like yesterday that Jarrett Patterson was the surprise of the Spring/Fall of 2019. He started off as a relatively unknown commodity, then burst onto the scene as one of the top centers in all of college football. He ended the season ranked among the best centers and didn’t give up a single sack.

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After 21 straight starts and a fantastic start to 2020, he unfortunately injured his foot against Boston College, causing him to miss the remainder of the season and the Spring. Despite that, he still finished the season as an honorable mention All American and consistently stood out among a group that now has 4 players on NFL rosters. Patterson will look to rebound from his injury and possibly slot over to tackle or guard and try to get that big NFL draft payday after the 2021 season.

The Restaurant That Fits

TACO NAZO

For all my California folks.......dear lord this place is incredibly good. I lived in LA for 2 years and these were HANDS DOWN my favorite fish taco. There were a few locations around the city and I went there nearly every week and every Friday during lent. I would always head to the one by my house in Bellflower (right next to St. John Bosco). As a California boy from Laguna Hills, I have to imagine he would appreciate a quality fish taco and these.....they’re the best.

2021 Outlook

Despite the injury, Patterson enters College football ranked as the #4 returning interior offensive lineman. He looks to move over from Center, but whether that is guard or tackle will be determined early in Camp. Look out for Patterson to be named a Captain and the anchor for the offensive line as he definitely has emerged as a leader. His experience will be incredibly valuable not just for the line, but for new starting quarterback Jack Coan. A solid and healthy season should also vault Patterson into day 2 of the NFL draft come next year. Patterson has his work cut out for him as both a leader/player and needs to be the anchor of an otherwise inexperienced and young offensive line.

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