Career Summary Started 35 of 48 career games...Had at least one tackle in all but four of the 48 games...Played in 11 games in `05...Recorded first interception in win over UTC...Tallied second INT against UAB and returned it 33 yds...Played in 11 games and made nine starts in `06...Had a fumble recovery against ECU on 3rd-and-goal from Memphis 2...Stopped a second potential ECU scoring drive when he picked off James Pinkney at Tigers' 16...Picked off UAB's Chris Williams in 1st quarter and rolled off 29 yds on the return to give Memphis the ball on Blazers' 19-yd line...Finished season ranked 6th on squad in tackles and 2nd in interceptions...Started all 13 games in `07...Tied for team lead in INTs with 3...Logged 33 return yds on his picks...Ranked 2nd on team in tackles...Made seven or more stops in 6 of 13 games...Registered first interception of `07 against Jacksonville St., and returned it 33 yds...Tallied seven stops in consecutive games against ASU and Marshall....Set one of highlight plays of the season in motion when he forced ASU to fumble at the Memphis 14...The ball was recovered by Freddie Barnett who raced 88 yds for the TD...Set a career high with nine tackles versus MTSU...Also credited with second pick of the season against MTSU.
2008 Highlights Started all 13 games at strong safety...Ranked 38th in C-USA in tackles (5.4)...Third on team in tackles and 2nd in fumbles recovered...Recorded five or more tackles in seven games...Led team with eight tackles versus Ole Miss...Against Rice, made ninth career interception and returned it 16 yds...Recorded eight tackles for the second-straight game, including five solos...Recovered second career fumble against ASU...Logged seven tackles and matched a career high with five assists versus ECU...Led Tigers in tackles with a season-high nine stops in the bowl game...The nine tackles also tied his career high...Honors: Received one of the True Tiger Awards at the `07 Blue-Gray Game...Earned one of the Chris Faros Most Improved Player Awards at the `06 Blue-Gray scrimmage...Received the Rex Dockery Award at the `05 spring game...Named in `07 and `08 to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America second team...Was first Tiger football player selected as an Academic All-American since 1992...Selected to C-USA Football All-Academic Team (2006-08).
Notable: Is the only Tiger football player to earn Academic All-America honor twice...Earned his master's degree in finance in December `08.
2007: Started all 13 games at free safety...Tied LeRico Mathis for the team lead in interceptions with three...Logged 33 return yards on his picks...Ranked second on the team in tackles with 77, including 42 solo stops...Averaged 5.9 tackles per game...Made seven or more tackles in six of the 13 games...Credited with four or more tackles in all but one game...Tied his career high in solo tackles with five in five games in 2007...Opened the season with four tackles against Ole Miss...Registered his first interception of the season against Jacksonville State and returned it 33 yards...On 4th-and-goal from the 10-yard line, picked off Cedric Johnson at the goal line in the fourth quarter...Credited with eight tackles, including five solo stops versus UCF...Tallied seven stops in consecutive games against Arkansas State and Marshall...Set one of the highlight plays of the season in motion when he forced ASU's Cedric Wilkerson to fumble late in the second quarter on 1st-and-10 from the Memphis 14-yard line...The ball was recovered by defensive lineman Freddie Barnett who raced 88 yards for the Tiger touchdown...Set a career high with nine tackles versus Middle Tennessee...Also credited with his second interception of the season against MTSU...Picked off Dwight Dasher in the endzone in the third quarter...Tied his career best of five solo tackles for the fourth straight game versus Tulane...Finished the game with eight total tackles...Registered four tackles against East Carolina and Southern Miss...Tallied five tackles against UAB and intercepted a Sam Hunt pass in the endzone with 2:18 remaining in the game to end a Blazers drive that started on their own 22-yard-line...It was his eighth career interception and his third on the season, tying his career-high three interceptions from last season...Closed out the season with eight tackles against SMU and six stops in the New Orleans Bowl versus Florida Atlantic.
2006: Saw action at cat safety early in the season, but transitioned to corner with the defensive shift...Started the first three games of the season, and totaled two tackles in the opener versus Ole Miss...Increased his career high with six tackles, which included five solo stops, against Chattanooga...Upped his career high for the second consecutive game with a seven-tackle effort versus East Carolina...Was key to halting a Pirate score in the first quarter when he scooped up a fumble forced by Wesley Smith on 3rd-and-goal from the Memphis 2-yard line...Stopped a second potential ECU scoring drive in the second quarter when he picked off James Pinkney at the Tigers' 16-yard line...Did not start versus Tennessee and was credited with one tackle in that game...Started the next six straight contests, including the UAB meeting in which he totaled four stops and his second interception of the season...Picked off UAB's Chris Williams in the first quarter and rolled off 29 yards on the return to give Memphis the ball on the Blazers' 19-yard line...Memphis converted a 28-yard field goal to score on the miscue...Posted back-to-back games of seven tackles versus Arkansas State and Tulsa...Logged his third interception of the year against ASU...Picked off Corey Leonard in the third quarter to give the Tigers the ball back on the ASU 14-yard line...Memphis scored on a 28-yard field goal as a result of the turnover...Posted four tackles against Marshall and one against Southern Miss...Set a new personal best with eight tackles against UCF...Did not play against Houston...Came in as a reserve in the victory over UTEP but was not credited with a tackle...Finished the 2006 season with 47 tackles, which ranked sixth on the squad...Was second on the team in interceptions with three...Had a productive spring and is expected to push for the starting job at free safety with the departure of both Brandon McDonald and Wesley Smith.
2005: Consistent defender who backed up All-America candidate Wesley Smith at free safety...Played in 11 of the 12 games in 2005...Saw his first collegiate action for the Tigers in the season opener against Ole Miss...Logged one tackle against the Rebels...Recorded his first college pass interception in the win over Chattanooga...Had single tackles against both Chattanooga and Tulsa...Had a season-high three tackles, all of which were solo stops, against UTEP...Had a pair of tackles against UCF...Missed the Houston game with an infection in his arm...Returned to the field for the ECU contest, but did not register a tackle...Tallied his second interception against UAB and returned it 33 yards...Had one tackle against Tennessee and USM before finishing out the year with three stops versus Akron in the Motor City Bowl...Saw extended action against Akron when Wesley Smith left the game with a concussion...Ended the season with 13 tackles and two interceptions.
2004: Redshirted during the 2004 season to gain experience with the defensive unit...Had productive spring 2005 workouts while Wesley Smith was sidelined with an injury.
Honors:Received one of the True Tiger Awards at the 2007 Blue-Gray Game...Earned one of the Chris Faros Most Improved Player Awards at the 2006 Blue-Gray scrimmage...Received the Rex Dockery Award at the 2005 Blue-Gray Game.
Academic Highlights: Graduated in August 2007...Selected to the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-America second team...Was the first Tiger football played selected as an Academic All-American since 1992...Named to the 2007 C-USA All-Academic Team...Honored as a first-team pick on the 2006 and 2007 Arthur Ashe, Jr Sports-Scholar squads...Named second-team CoSIDA Academic All-District in 2006...Joined Rusty Clayton on the C-USA Football All-Academic Team in 2006...Honored to UM Dean's List for five semesters...Named to Tiger 3.0 Club for six semesters...Listed on the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll in 2004-05 and 2005-06...Earned the C-USA Academic Medal in 2005-06...Earned recognition on the Tiger Academic 30, which honors the top 30 student-athletes at the U of M, for the spring 2005 semester.
Prep: Played both quarterback and defensive back for Germantown High for Coach Charlie White...Led the Red Devils to the 2003 Tennessee 5-A state championship...Had eight rushes for 53 yards in the state championship game...Scored the only touchdown for Germantown in the state 5-A championship game on a 19-yard run...Had 52 rushing attempts for 347 yards and scored seven touchdowns during the 2003 regular season...Added 187 yards rushing and one touchdown in the state playoffs...Completed 34-of-55 pass attempts for 453 yards and four touchdowns and had 204 yards passing in the state playoff games...Finished the season 45-of-77 passing for 657 yards...Logged two pass interceptions as a defensive back...Named to the 2003 Preseason All-Shelby Metro first team defense...Selected to play in the Tennessee-Kentucky All-Star game...Played defensive back in 2002 and tied for the lead in Region 8 5-A in pass interceptions...Had five interceptions returned for 69 yards and one touchdown...Averaged 13.8 yards per interception return...Helped Germantown to a 13-1 record before a semifinal loss in the state playoffs...Also lettered as a shortstop on the baseball team...Was a member of the Beta Club and the National Honor Society...Recipient of the National Honor Society Scholar-Athlete Award.
Personal: Brandon Jay Patterson is the son of James and Linda Patterson...Born April 14, 1986 in Memphis, Tenn....His older brother, Terence, finished his career as Harvard's all-time leading receiver...His older brother, Devin, played football at Northwestern.