August 29, 2013

Wait's worth it for UMaine walk-on

Tyler Patterson's perseverance finally pays off as he will start at left tackle in Saturday's opener.

By Glenn Jordan gjordan@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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At Rockland High, Patterson also played basketball and baseball. His younger brother, Isaiah, is a rising senior at Oceanside High who plays basketball.

"In general, I just love giving back," Patterson said. "Where I come from, there was always someone there to help me along the way. Now it's time where I'm seen as a role model and I can give back to the community as well as to anyone who's willing to listen."

In addition to protecting the blindside of quarterback Marcus Wasilewski, Patterson is his roommate.

"He's been up here all summer with us, working his butt off, doing everything he's supposed to be doing," Wasilewski said. "He takes a lot of pride in being a kid from Maine and getting a shot here."

Just as Wasilewski leaned on a veteran offensive line last season, the new linemen are likely to benefit from Wasilewski's experience in the early going, particularly with the voiced signals that precede nearly every offensive play, depending on the defensive alignment.

"It gets a little wordy out there," Wasilewski said. "I have to make a call for the O line and then they have to make their separate calls. There's a whole world of communication that happens within two seconds, and we have to execute off of those calls. It gets to be a lot."

Patterson, for one, is relishing the challenge. Four years after he first arrived in Orono, his time finally has arrived.

"He's worked hard for a long, long time," Wasilewski said, "and I know he's excited to get out there and get his first start under his belt."

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