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July 17, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The preseason accolades kept rolling in Tuesday for Louisiana Tech as wide receiver Quinton Patton was named to the Biletnikoff Award Watch List.
The award annually recognizes the outstanding receiver in college football. The award recipient is selected by the Biletnikoff Award National Selection Committee, a group of over 180 prominent football journalists, commentators, and receivers. The 2012 winner will be presented live on December 6, 2012, on The Home Depot College Football Awards Show to be broadcast from 7:30 - 9:30pm on ESPN.
Patton is the fourth Louisiana Tech player to be listed on a preseason watch list joining Ryan Allen (Ray Guy Award), Chad Boyd (Jim Thorpe Award) and Stephen Warner (Outland Trophy, Rimington Trophy).
The redshirt senior finished the 2011 campaign with 79 catches for 1,202 yards and 11 touchdowns, averaging 15.2 yards per catch and ranking 21st in the nation in receiving. Patton also returned eight punts for 27 yards and six kickoffs for 98 yards on the year.
As Patton continued wow crowds with his athletic ability on the field he also garnered national headlines off the field. During the team's trip to San Diego, Calif. for the Poinsettia Bowl last season, Patton national media's eye as he selflessly gave one of his bowl gifts (a $300 Best Buy gift card) to one of the kids at the bowl's Make-A-Wish Foundation event. He followed that on gameday by wheeling out another Make-A-Wish Foundation kid, pushing his wheelchair along with the Bulldogs as the team ran out of the tunnel and onto the field prior to the game.
With his famous last name and proven ability to lead his team, Bulldog fans everywhere have quickly nicknamed him "General" Patton.
After Louisiana Tech's overtime loss to Mississippi State early in the season, State cornerback Jonathan Banks paid tribute to Patton's ability in an interview with ESPN.com saying, "I feel like (Quinton Patton) from Louisiana Tech is the best receiver I've played against since I've been here. I've gone against some good ones in the SEC, too, but he's probably the most complete."