A dynamic linebacker who was a community-college All-American in 2016... Redshirted the 2017 season as he vies for a starting spot at linebacker as a redshirt junior.
COMMUNITY COLLEGE: Played two seasons at Trinity Valley under head coach Brad Smiley... Rated the fifth best community-college outside linebacker in the nation in the Class of 2017 by ESPN, while he was regarded as the 13th best community-college prospect in the state of Texas by 247Sports... Capped his career by earning Second Team National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-America honors as a sophomore in 2016 in addition to Southwest Junior College Football Conference (SWJCFC) Co-Defensive Player of the Year and first team all-conference accolades... Recorded 89 tackles, 6.0 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and one interception as a sophomore... Carded four double-digit tackle games, including a career-high 11 stops with a sack at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M... Also had 10 tackles and a sack against Navarro College and another 10 stops, a career-high 2.5 TFLs and an interception at Tyler Junior College... Totaled 123 tackles, 10.0 TFLs and 2.5 sacks in his career, helping his teams compile an 18-4 overall record, a pair of league titles and a C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl victory in 2016.
HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered three years at Vista Ridge under head coach Vincent Rooney... Recorded second team all-state honors as a senior in 2014 from the Texas Associated Press Sports Writers, while he was named the District 25-5A Defensive MVP... Also tallied all-district honors as a sophomore and junior... Tallied 157 career tackles, 13.0 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, one interception, five forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and two blocked kicks... Helped the Rangers earn an 8-3 record as a senior in 2014 by totaling 100 tackles, 11.0 TFLs and 3.0 sacks... Collected 75 tackles and three picks as a junior, while he had 28 stops as a sophomore.
PERSONAL: Da’Quan (DAY-quan) Ryland Patton was born February 4, 1997, in Topeka, Kansas... Son of Ronnie Patton and Tamara Brown... Majoring in sociology/criminology.