Hoping to leave nagging injuries behind and provide earnest playing and veteran leadership service to a youthful defensive unit ... Completed the spring campaign listed on the depth chart as a top reserve at the middle linebacking position ... Appears to have bounced back from foot (2009) and leg (2008) injuries that significantly limited playing time as a junior and sophomore ... Spent first two years as a safety before shifting to the linebacking corps the last two seasons ... Could also experience action as a member of the special teams unit for the third-straight campaign ... Plays with plenty of intensity and determination, but is also a personable and sincere student-athlete who has enjoyed a high level of popularity with fans and media ... Opened the spring scrimmages (April 3) with six tackles, including one for a loss ... Was nearly as impressive the following week, recording five stops during the second tilt (April 10) ... Concluded a strong spring showing by booking a team-high seven tackles with another one for lost yardage in the Purple-Gold Game (April 17).
2009: Garnered playing time in five games after recovering from a foot injury ... Made one tackle against Rice in season debut and another at Tulsa ... Experienced action against Memphis, UAB and Houston as a member of the special teams.
2008: Played in the first seven games as a member of special teams unit and as a backup linebacker before suffering a season-ending leg injury prior to the UCF contest ... Tallied five total tackles (one solo) ... Turned in a season-high four-stop performance in home contest vs. Houston ... Posted other tackle (special teams) against West Virginia during Pirates' 24-3 win over the No. 8 Mountaineers ... Opened campaign as Jeremy Chambliss' top backup at weakside linebacker at the conclusion of fall camp.
2007: A redshirt freshman who experienced action in all 13 games ... Recorded 20 tackles (five solo, 15 assists), which included two TFLs (-10 yards) ... Made one start (UCF) and responded with four stops, two of those coming as solo hits ... Collected a career-best eight total tackles against No. 5 West Virginia ... Named special teams captain against UAB and Marshall ... First collegiate action came against No. 9 Virginia Tech in the season opener ... Booked three stops, including 1.5 TFLs, against Hokies in debut ... Added a pair of tackles in road battles at Houston and at Memphis ... Tallied a single hit against Southern Miss.
2006: Redshirted ... Turned in notable performance on scout team as a true freshman ... Officially signed with the Pirate program in February, 2006.
High School: A three-year, two-way starter as a wide receiver and safety/linebacker at Santa Fe High School ... A three-time all-area selection (freshman, sophomore, junior) ... Named to all-state (second-team) unit in 2004 as a junior ... Registered 92 receptions for 1,635 yards and 16 touchdowns while booking 134 tackles during his prep career ... Did not play during his senior year (injury) ... Played in Raiders' run-oriented offense during first two years but still managed a combined 55 catches for 825 yards as a freshman and sophomore ... Picked up 25 catches for 310 yards and three scores in 2002 before adding 30 receptions for 515 yards and five TDs in 2003 ... Thrived with offensive scheme change prior to junior season, responding with 37 catches for 810 yards (eight touchdowns) ... Defensively, tallied seasonal tackle totals of 32 (freshman), 45 (sophomore) and 57 (junior) ... A CBS Sports All-Region choice in 2004 ... Listed among the top 50 wide receiver prospects out of Florida by SuperPrep Magazine ... Included among the top receiver prospects in the Southeast (region) by Prep Star Magazine ... Among the top 50 wide receivers and top 100 overall prospects in the state of Florida according to Rivals.com (pre and post-season selections) ... Also earned letters in basketball and track ... Strong student who possessed a 4.2 grade point average ... Coach was Scott Pritchett.
Personal: Full name is Melvin Jerome Patterson ... Born November 29, 1987 at Gainesville, Fla. ... Cousin is former ECU cornerback Kasey Ross ... Earned a bachelor's degree in business (marketing & supply chain management) in December, 2009 and is currently pursuing a second undergraduate degree in family community services this fall ... Earned selection to the 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2008-09 ECU Athletic Director's Honor Roll.