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12 for '12: Jamal-Rashad Patterson

Jamal-Rashad Patterson (red) has had trouble getting onto the field after being a highly touted recruit coming out of high school.
Jamal-Rashad Patterson (red) has had trouble getting onto the field after being a highly touted recruit coming out of high school.

We have a pretty good idea of what to expect from the likes of Stepfan Taylor and Chase Thomas this season, but replacing Andrew Luck and the other members of last year's 11-win squad will require a team effort. Over the next 12 days we'll profile 12 less heralded Cardinal players whose ability to adjust to larger roles could determine whether Stanford is competing for a third straight BCS invite or settling for a spot in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.

Previously Featured: Drew Terrell | Anthony Wilkerson | Henry Anderson | Ed Reynolds | Kevin Danser | Brendon Austin | James Vaughters | Jordan Richards | David Yankey | Ryan Hewitt

Name: Jamal-Rashad Patterson
Position: WR
Year: Sr.
Ht./Wt.: 6-3/208
Career Stats: 29 games played, nine receptions, 104 yards; one carry, 22 yards, TD
Shoes to Fill: Chris Owusu, Griff Whalen

Where He Came From: In the Class of 2009, Patterson was one of Stanford's premier recruits. A four-star receiver from McDonough, Georgia, Patterson was rated the No. 183 overall prospect in the nation by and was as high as the No. 8 receiver in the nation by Tom Lemming. He was recruited by several traditional powers, including Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Michigan, and Tennessee, but he opted to head across the country to Stanford, which was coming off a 5-7 season under head coach Jim Harbaugh.

What He's Done: In his time on the Farm, Patterson has failed to meet expectations. Despite having all the physical skills, he has had trouble just making the two-deep, and his playing time has been limited to mop-up duty throughout his three years at Stanford. He has found his way onto the field in 29 games, but he has struggled in his limited role and has yet to record a touchdown catch. In fact, the biggest impact Patterson has had on Stanford football was probably his punch during some pregame jawing before Big Game in 2010 that resulted in Patterson's ejection from the game.

Training Camp Outlook: With Whalen and Owusu gone, Stanford has a glaring hole at wide receiver that needs to be filled, and Patterson is one of several Cardinal wideouts vying for playing time. On the plus side, Patterson is in "the best shape of his life," according to head coach David Shaw, although his physical tools have always been unquestioned. Whether he's turned a corner as far as the rest of the game goes is still in doubt, as he just managed a measly two catches for zero yards in Sunday's final preseason scrimmage. Stanford does not have many tested receivers - sophomore Ty Montgomery and Drew Terrell have combined for 35 career receptions and are easily the most trusted targets - but there are quite a few untested guys pushing for playing time. After Montgomery and Terrell, Patterson is in the mix with several younger players, including Kodi Whitfield, Keanu Nelson, Jordan Pratt, Jeff Trojan, and Dontonio Jordan. Shaw figures to give many different guys a shot to prove themselves, so it's up to Patterson to put his experience and talent to good use.

Patterson on Twitter: Sadly, Patterson is Twitter-less.

Alphabetically Speaking: Among Stanford's all-time letterwinners, Jamal-Rashad Patterson sits between two members of Tiny Thornhill's 1-7-1 team from 1939: David E. Patterson and Chester G. Patton.

Numerically speaking: From 2001-2004, free safety Oshiomogho Atogwe wore No. 21 for Stanford. Atogwe was a second-team all-Pac-10 performer in 2003 and led the nation with six fumble recoveries and six forced fumbles. He was drafted in the third round by the Rams in 2005 and has played in the NFL ever since. He led the NFC in interceptions in 2007 with eight, and in June of this year he was signed by the Eagles.

Related Video: In his spare time, Patterson serves as a stand-in for Michael Jordan in commercials:

Fun Fact: In 2009, Patterson was one of five recipients of the Watkins Award, which is given to the best African-American scholar-athletes in the nation by the National Alliance of African American Athletes (NAAAA). Another winner from that same year was Jemari Roberts, also a Stanford wide receiver (although Roberts is transitioning to tight end for 2012).