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40 DAYS TO KICKOFF: Ian Patterson

In which BracketCat counts down the 40th day until kickoff with a profile of kicker Ian Patterson.


#40 Ian Patterson
Redshirt Sophomore
5-11 | 233
Columbia, Mo.


Position: Kicker

Previous College: None

Projection: Second-String

Status: Preferred Walk-On

Ian Patterson (Jan. 17, 1994) is a walk-on place-kicker who handled kickoff duties during the latter half of 2013 and also was the primary place-kicker in the final three contests. He'll continue to push for starting duties in both areas.

Patterson played for three seasons at Rock Bridge High School under head coach A.J. Ofodile. He was named an all-district and all-area kicker after connecting on all eight field goals in his senior year, including a long of 47 yards.

After redshirting in 2012, Patterson played in nine games in 2013, handling kickoff duties for a majority of the season while also connecting on 3 of 5 field goals and all 12 extra points.

He made a field goal in each of the final three contests while filling in for the injured Jack Cantele, and he was 4 of 4 on extra points during those games. Plus, he had five touchbacks on eight kickoffs against Texas Tech and TCU.

Patterson came to us rated 2 1/2 stars for field goals and five stars for kickoffs by National Camp Series, which had this to say about him:

Ian is a phenomenal kicker. He has the size and strength to play Division I football. His kickoffs are the best in his class. Look for Ian to have an outstanding senior year and earn a scholarship to a D1 program.

Former K-State kicker Brooks Rossman, who now runs a national kicking camp, had this to say about Patterson:

Ian came to me about two years ago to do a private lesson, and I saw a lot of potential. Right away, I knew he had the leg strength to play Division I football.

We have our prospect rankings, and he's our No.1 kicker out of about 29 seniors. As far as leg strength goes, he's got one of the best in the country.

So far, I'd say Rossman has been right. Now we will wait to see if Patterson can take the job from Cantele full-time.