August 9, 2007

Newcomers adjusting to program

When Chris Patterson opened his eyes at 7 a.m. Saturday in the Haymaker Hall suite he shares with veterans Ian Campbell and Jordy Nelson, and fellow newcomer Ernie Pierce, one thought raced through the outside linebacker's head: Meetings.

"Not a big fan of meetings," Patterson said. "But that's really the only thing that's going to give you an upper hand. It's knowing what you're going to do once you get out there on the field."

Patterson, who is listed at 6-foot-2 and 206 pounds (he said he weighed 215 on Saturday), might not be a big fan of meetings, but the junior from Joliet (Ill.) Junior College and one-time No. 3 outside linebacker coming out of high school by was a big hit with fans and reporters during the Wildcats' media day event on the Bill Snyder Family Stadium concourse.

The buzz? Patterson, a one-time Oklahoma signee who is armed with a 4.47 40, is expected to have plenty of "meetings" with the Huskers, Jayhawks and Tigers in the fall ("I'm planning on having a great year," says Patterson). Seven returning players were polled on which newcomer was likely to create the biggest splash in the fall. All seven had one name on the top of their list: Chris Patterson.

Patterson, who missed part of the summer due to a procedure on a knee, caught the eye of Nelson early: He passed the conditioning test on his first try earlier in the week.

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