Convos By The Convo is a series featuring exclusive interviews with various student-athletes and coaches of Ohio University.
After seeing limited action due to injury in 2014, Daz’mond Patterson leads the Ohio backfield with three touchdowns and averages 6.4 yards per carry this season. The Florida native is also a student in the College of Business, representing his commitment to tackle life, both on and off the field.
CB: Daz’, I saw you riding your bike down Court Street the other day with one hand on the handlebar and one hand cradling a football. Was that something a coach made you do for fumbling in practice or something?
DP: Oh no, not at all. It’s just one of my balls that I take home.
CB: Doesn’t that make it difficult to handle the bike?
DP: Not really. I grew up riding bicycles, so I’m used to it by now.
CB: You’re from Plant City, Florida, near Tampa, so you’re a Buccaneers fan, right?
DP: Of course!
CB: Then I have to ask your thoughts on Jameis Winston.
DP: Oh, man. I’m excited! After that second game, I’m pretty excited. I don’t get a chance to watch much because we’d have to pay for that up here. I’m pretty excited about what the Bucs can bring to the table this year.
CB: Do you like their uniforms? They changed them up a couple seasons ago and I think they almost look robotic now.
DP: Yeah. I haven’t been able to go to a game since the uniforms changed. I’m always up here. When I was back home, I always liked to go to the games. I’d like to see what the stadium atmosphere is like now.
CB: I’m a Browns fan, but back in the day I was big on the Bucs. I wore No. 40 because of Mike Alstott. They won that Super Bowl with Warrick Dunn, Derrick Brooks, Simeon Rice-
DP: Warren Sapp, Ronde Barber. They had everybody.
CB: So since you weren’t 100 percent all last season, how does it feel to be back in full health and be able to give your all for the team?
DP: It feels great to be able to play with confidence and play the game that I know I can play. I’d like to be able to take advantage of some of my opportunities a little bit more than I have, but I’m thankful for the opportunity to be able to come out here and compete.
CB: According to OhioBobcats.com, you had a 4.87 GPA at Plant City High School. How in the world did you get your GPA that high?
DP: AP classes, honors classes. Just gotta do what you gotta do. I think I have a 3.7 here. I’ve never wanted to depend on one specific thing to get to the next level. I feel like you have to have a Plan A, Plan B, maybe even C and D. I just knew that if football didn’t work out, I would be able to do whatever else I want to.
CB: So since you’re a senior, what are Plan A and Plan B?
DP: Well, the way things are looking right now, I’m hoping for a chance to go to the NFL, so that’s Plan A if everything works out the way I think it will. As for Plan B, I’m a business major. I have a few ideas I’m tooling with right now. I’m working on learning the skills that will help me save as much as I can in order to do those things. I can think of some job opportunities I might be able to reach out to that would help me do what I ultimately want to do.
CB: I’ve noticed on your Twitter you have #IamACTION in your bio and you’ve tweeted about “Action Plans.” What exactly does that mean?
DP: Being about action just means to be ambitious, open-minded, and willing to learn anything from life. Everything in life can be something to learn from. I’m a firm believer in that. I feel like everyone should love their neighbor as they love themselves. Right now, I am ACTION because I’m living that lifestyle. I’m working every day to get better at living that lifestyle, and I hope that those around me will live the lifestyle of taking action, being ambitious, and being open-minded.