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McFeely blog: Bison quarterback Quincy Patterson says he's staying at NDSU

Transfer from Virginia Tech lost starting job midway through season, but played key role in Bison's national championship run

North Dakota State's Quincy Patterson cruises down the sidelines on a big gain in the first quarter against Montana State during the FCS title game at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022.
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FARGO — Quincy Patterson isn't going anywhere.

The North Dakota State quarterback, who transferred from Virginia Tech and won the Bison starting job in fall camp before being replaced by Cam Miller, confirmed Tuesday he will stay with the Bison and not enter the NCAA transfer portal.

"Yes sir, I’m here to stay," Patterson told The Forum.

Earlier, Patterson told radio station Bison 1660 he would be back with NDSU in the fall.

Patterson played a key role in the Bison defeating Montana State 38-10 for the Football Championship Subdivision national title last Saturday in Frisco, Texas.


The potential of Patterson transferring has possibly been the No. 1 question among those who follow NDSU because the quarterback lost his starting role midway through the season after leaving the game against Missouri State with a shoulder injury.

Although Patterson had already used his one-time, restriction-free transfer through the portal, it's likely he could've been granted immediate eligibility at another school because of the NCAA handing out waivers.

Once he recovered from the injury, NDSU incorporated Patterson into the offense more as the season progressed. By the time the playoffs came, Patterson had packages installed for him that produced big running yardage.

The 6-foot-3, 245-pound Patterson had seven carries for 84 yards and a touchdown against Southern Illinois in NDSU's playoff opener, and gained 98 yards on 11 carries in the championship game against Montana State.

"This is everything I thought it would be," Patterson told Bison 1660. "But honestly I didn't think I'd be as eager to go win another one as I am right now. It was really weird. I get on the plane, got home and got up the next morning and said, 'OK, let's do this again. Let's start the whole process over again.' I was ready to start it over. That's exciting. I'm sure there are a lot of people on the team who feel the same way."

Patterson started NDSU's first seven games, all wins, before injuring his shoulder in the first half against Missouri State and giving way to Miller in the third quarter of that game. The Bison passing game became more effective with Miller and he started the rest of NDSU's games.

Patterson finished the season with 660 rushing yards, seven touchdowns and four interceptions. He was 55 of 101 passing (54.5%) for 813 yards and six TDs. His highlights in the passing game were two long scoring passes to Christian Watson against Towson and Northern Iowa.

Miller started NDSU's final eight games, going 7-1, and completing 103 of 152 passes (67.8%) with 14 touchdowns and three interceptions.


If Bison coaches decide to open up the starting QB job as a competition, freshman Cole Payton could also enter the mix. Payton is a highly coveted recruit out of Omaha who played in three games this season, one less than the limit that would have cost him a season of NCAA eligibility.

Patterson was a four-star recruit out of Chicago who spent three years at Virginia Tech of the Atlantic Coast Conference before coming to NDSU in December 2020.

Mike McFeely is a columnist for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. He began working for The Forum in the 1980s while he was a student studying journalism at Minnesota State University Moorhead. He's been with The Forum full time since 1990, minus a six-year hiatus when he hosted a local radio talk-show.
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