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Max Patterson breaks out in Scarlet-White Game



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One thing I was watching for during Saturday’s Scarlet-White Game on Saturday was any younger or inexperienced players who stood out with a strong performance. Receiver Max Patterson was one of several players to make big impressions in catching two fourth quarter touchdowns. His athleticism and ability to gain separation were traits that Patterson displayed in what was his biggest moment as a Scarlet Knight so far.

The junior has played in 13 games over two seasons. He has made only two receptions of his career in a loss to Penn State last fall. With the position group wide open following the departure of three starters, Patterson finished spring camp on a major high note.

His first touchdown pass was a 8 yard catch in the back of the end zone from Gavin Wimsatt. Patterson did a good job of staying in bounds. He used two hands to secure the scoring grab.

Soon after, backup Gavin Rupp found Patterson breaking free from his defender. It resulted in a 22 yard touchdown with under two minutes to play. Patterson made a nice over the shoulder grab in stride.

Patterson finished with three catches for 34 yards overall, second most in the game. It was a big statement for the 6’0″, 185 pound receiver and former 3-star recruit from Arlington, Virginia.

Spring game performances obviously don’t guarantee anything moving forward. Time will tell if Patterson will become reliable contributor next season and beyond. That being said, it was encouraging to see Patterson take advantage of the moment, even if his two touchdowns came against backups. Rutgers desperately needs playmakers in its receiving core next season. Patterson at least gave some hope that previously little used players on the roster could develop into contributors next season.

We’ll have plenty more coverage on the end of spring camp and the Scarlet-White Game throughout the night and days to come.

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  1. Henry Rutgers

    April 29, 2023 at 8:06 pm

    I was pleased with what I saw. The audio in the stadium was difficult to understand. Hence, I was unaware that Patterson was on the receiving end of both passes/touchdowns. It was a good showing under difficult conditions.

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