Joe Gaiter: What is your motivation for playing football?
Daymond Patterson: Since age 5 when I was told no I was to small by the first team I went to I have always had to prove myself. At every stage it seems like I have had to prove myself so I use that as motivation to work harder and train harder than the next man.
Joe Gaiter: What will you miss most about playing at Kansas?
Daymond Patterson: Being around the guys you have formed a family with over 4-5 years. I will really miss the fans. They were great and treated me great while I was there. Also being from Kansas I was able to be around and play in front of family that didn’t get to see me grow up.
Joe Gaiter: What do you have to offer an NFL team?
Daymond Patterson: They will get an athlete, someone who will always try to outwork the next man and someone who will have a great work ethic. They will get a complete WR. I am a WR who is fast and not a fast guy who just happens to play WR. They get a man who is gonna work hard at every practice and be at every practice mandatory or voluntary. A guy who puts in the extra work on the field, the weight room and in the film room.
Joe Gaiter: What are some things that you learned from your college football experience?
Daymond Patterson: I have learned no matter how good or bad things may get you have to continue to work hard. Everything is not going to go your way but you have to keep your head on straight and keep moving forward.
Joe Gaiter: Why should an NFL team draft you?
Daymond Patterson: Because I will come in and be able to provide help in multiple ways. I can play WR full time, play in the kickoff game as well as return punts. For a year and a half I started at DB so I can always provide help on special teams in the manner.
Joe Gaiter: What will you miss most about your school?
Daymond Patterson: The guys, the college experience and the town of Lawrence. KU provided me with some great experiences as well as helped shape me as a young man.
Joe Gaiter: What are the keys for someone to successfully playing WR?
Daymond Patterson: First off know the game. If you know the game the rest comes easier. Then know your position. As a WR I should know what every WR on the field is supposed to do. I should know what the entire offensive assignments are. Have to be able to study film and know your opponent inside and out. Great WR can run good routes and know the DB in front of him and his weaknesses.
Joe Gaiter: Do you have a backup plan if you don’t get drafted?
Daymond Patterson: If football doesn’t work out I would like to coach college football. I would find a G.A. Position and start from there.
Joe Gaiter: What player in the NFL has your style of play?
Daymond Patterson: Wes Welker, Danny Amendola, and Victor Cruz
Joe Gaiter: What are your biggest strengths on the field?
Daymond Patterson: My speed quickness and route running. I also have good hands and ball skills. I pride myself on knowing more about the man on the other side of the ball than he knows about me.
Joe Gaiter: How do you plan on giving back to the community after you get drafted?
Daymond Patterson: I want to have free football camps in Mesquite and Kansas. I also have a adopted friend who is 11 who has Leucemia so I would like to use my platform to provide more awareness.
Joe Gaiter: Do you feel that you are at your best?
Daymond Patterson: Football hasn’t seen the best of me yet. I have room to grow as a player. If I’m not willing to get better then I might as well give up the game.