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Thursday, December 13, 2012

KU cornerback Tyler Patmon leaving program

Kansas cornerback Tyler Patmon sighs after a Texas Tech runner was awarded a first down during a goal line stand in the third quarter on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011 at Kivisto Field.

Kansas cornerback Tyler Patmon sighs after a Texas Tech runner was awarded a first down during a goal line stand in the third quarter on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011 at Kivisto Field.

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The lone underclassman in Kansas University’s starting secondary will be joining the seniors in leaving the KU football program this offseason.

Sources confirmed to the Journal-World that junior cornerback Tyler Patmon would not return to the team next season. Patmon, a 5-foot-11, 180-pound starter from Round Rock, Texas, announced similar news via Twitter on Thursday night.

“Wherever the Lord takes me for my last year of college ball I'll be thankful no matter what,” Patmon wrote on the social media web site.

Attempts to reach Patmon were not immediately returned.

When asked for a comment on the matter, KU coach Charlie Weis, who is still on the road recruiting, had the following to say through a spokesperson: “Tyler is scheduled to graduate from KU in May. We appreciate all that he’s done during his time at Kansas and we wish him well.”

If Patmon completes his requirements for graduation, he will be eligible to transfer to another school and play immediately a la Dayne Crist and Jordan Webb.

During his four years at Kansas, Patmon, who red-shirted in 2009, played in 35 of 36 games and made 28 starts, including all 12 games during the 2012 season.

He finished 2012 with 58 tackles (fourth on the team), including four for loss and a team-best three interceptions.

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Ralster Jayhawk 1 year, 4 months ago

Reality is we just need an upgrades at every position on the football team except RB.

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newjayhawk 1 year, 4 months ago

Good luck TP. I have known you for three years now an you have always shown great respect and great class through this KU debacle. You definitely did not lose these games by yourself. The whole team lost the games- not TP by himself.

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milehighhawk 1 year, 4 months ago

Just signed Kevin Short today - all-American DB

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beebe1 1 year, 4 months ago

LeadFarmer, TX10 Thank Goodness there are fans who know about, and care about, Defense. (Ralster, too) Hey, everyone knows Bowen is a nice guy, and great Jayhawk supporter. But he was never taught and can't coach, Defense! The worst thing about Campo is he doesn't really understand 'The Notre Dame Defense'. We need a coach who can teach Elmer's tackling, and Self''s coverage. The Defensive Scheme is important, but is quite a bit behind the other two. The whole Defensive Team needs to be taught those portions that were perhaps lacking in Tyler. meta ralster was the commenter about playing with Bowen -- same guy?

As Self says "Defense Wins Games".

Good luck to Tyler. Hope your next coaches do better on their teaching of Defense.

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Reuben_J_Cogburn 1 year, 4 months ago

No doubt the kid was less than stellar. But anyone who can put up with 3 coaching regimes in these dire times deserves a nod.

He's not BCS conference material, plain and simple. But a Jayhawk is a Jayhawk.

Wish him well.

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KGphoto 1 year, 4 months ago

Good to see the positive comments beginning to balance out the disrespectful ones. I can't imagine why anybody would bash on the kid. It makes no sense at all. He was a good student, he never got in trouble, he played his best, he was fiery and had pride in being a Jayhawk, which isn't necessarily easy considering his last three years here.

Campo has a vision of what he wants his CBs to be, and Patmon didn't fit. It's not a crime.

Good Luck Tyler. You DO have talent. We've all seen it. You've made some big plays for us over the years. I think that's how most of us will remember you. Carry this feeling with you and take it out on the QBs at your next stop.

Always a Jayhawk! Rock Chalk.

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troutsee 1 year, 4 months ago

I don't care what a lot of you guys think, I liked Patmon and thought he played well. I wish him the best. He probably was told that his starting position was at risk and he decided to move on. Best of luck to him. I always thought he gave it his all.

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focojayhawk 1 year, 4 months ago

Best Tyler Patmon memory: Pick six on Cody Hawkins during "the comeback" against CU.

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holidaysmore 1 year, 4 months ago

Say whatever you want but at least Weis is honest w/ his guys. He probably told him flat out his job wouldn't be guaranteed and if he thought other wise he should probably look some where else.

Appreciate all TP did for this school but lets be honest here. I haven't seen a DB getting burned that many times since the Toast Twins were here.

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AzHawk97 1 year, 4 months ago

Late to the game here, but Tyler Patmon ( along with Dan Hawkins) played a huge part in KU's last conference win. He returned a fumble for a TD and had a pick all in the 4th quarter of the epic comeback against Colorado in 2010. The kid was also on the conference all-academic team.

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yates33333 1 year, 4 months ago

When a cornerback is 4th on the team in tackles you got to wonder. Where are the linebackers and safeties?

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eastcoasthawk 1 year, 4 months ago

Many thanks to Tyler for giving us his all on the field. All the best going forward. RCJH.

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Mark Lindrud 1 year, 4 months ago

Good luck wherever you go. Sorry things didn't work out for you to stay your whole career here. I hope he goes somewhere that he gets to play and enjoy the game for one more year in college. Whether you liked his play or not he was blessed with the chance to play in college and do something he loves.

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Ferd Magellan 1 year, 4 months ago

Many schools do this (not awarding a scholarship for the 5th year), and it does seem kind of cold. But the writing was on the wall that Campo was handing over the keys to the JUCO transfers in the secondary. He wasn't going to see the field again, and that would be hard for someone who played so much the last few years. This way he'll get a chance to play immediately at a smaller school and have a chance to impress some scouts.

I mean, how many of us thought Chris Harris was going to be a stud in the NFL? He was great as a freshman, but he was getting shredded his last two years at KU. He could always tackle and blitz with the best of them, but his coverage skills were poor. Maybe there's a glimmer of hope for Patmon to pursue that dream as well.

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Ferd Magellan 1 year, 4 months ago

I really do appreciate all the hard work he poured into the program. It's a shame that he had to suffer through Gill's coaching. Best of luck and congratulations on the degree, young man.

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jayhawkintx1973 1 year, 4 months ago

What really sucks is that Gill is what set these guys back two years.

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jayhawkintx1973 1 year, 4 months ago

I imagine that Patmon was told he probably wasn't going to start but still had a role on the team if he chose to stay, and chose that he didn't want that role.

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Keith Hummel 1 year, 4 months ago

On December 4th I noticed the following tweet from Chris Harris to Greg Brown:

"Dang I just got word that coach Weis cutting players like its the league lol . Say it ain't so @G_B_LOCK5"

Greg Brown tweeted back the following:

"@ChrisHarrisJr LOL! u a fool bro, its getting to the real on these streets tho mane! on some real ish tho"

This suggests Coach Weis is "cleaning house", so to speak, and is essentially forcing some of these guys to find a new home. My suspicion is we will learn about some additional guys leaving the program in the coming weeks. I guess that's the nature of big-time college football, but it's sad nonetheless for guys like Tyler Patmon, who clearly didn't want to go.

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Fototherapist 1 year, 4 months ago

I wish him well, but I'm not going to miss him. He got burned so many times its not even funny. Personally, I was getting tired of all our little midget corners getting embarrassed week in and week out. Now we've got some size to match most B12 WR's.

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Adam McEwen 1 year, 4 months ago

sad to see so many mean spirited comments on here, made me realize I've been guilty of it myself, we need to be better than this. Granted, Patmon didn't have the tools to perform at this level, but the kid showed up and tried his best. Despite the difficulties of being outmatched, this team showed some heart this year, you've gotta give them some respect. Best of luck Tyler, and thank you for your efforts!

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danno1313 1 year, 4 months ago

Tyler is like everyone else on the KU defense. They are so SLOW on defense that they look like they re dragging an ATM behind them. SPEED please!

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LAJayhawk 1 year, 4 months ago

I really do wish him well. He just couldn't compete at the Big 12 level, but he will be an alumnus of the greatest University in the country. Good luck, Tyler. Hope you have more success at your next stop. Rock Chalk.

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Fortesque Beagleton 1 year, 4 months ago

Here's best wishes to Tyler Patmon. His play on the field was not the most consistent, and he took alot of criticism from not so classy fans like some of the guys above. The criticism may or may not be warranted but we as fans and alumns should keep in mind the commitment he made to the team and to his school and consider showing some respect. This young man is and always will be a Jayhawk. Here's hoping he can find a team for one last year where he can contribute and have some fun.

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LeadFarmer 1 year, 4 months ago

It's sad that no one anymore blames coaching for mistakes made. I'm sure we all have plenty of reasons to hate on Charlie Weis for some of the dumb decisions he's made this season. And it's sad that we had a very athletic secondary this year, but no one in the local media or in this forum will admit that the problem is (and has always been) Clint Bowen. All I ask is for someone to give me just one example of KU corners bumping wide receivers on the line.

I was upset with Patmon on some occasions, but he clearly has the talent. The real problem is that Clint Bowen is such a mediocre coach that the only thing that was positive from Turner Gill's tenure was that he didn't hire him. I can't believe that Weis hired him just to be competitive in the KS market. If KS had 4- or 5-star talents then I would understand, but seriously? The risk is well beyond the gain!

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champdave 1 year, 4 months ago

He was good as the nickel back in a zone scheme when Gill was here. Struggled playing on the outside in a man to man scheme this year. He may have calculated that he'll only have a shot at the NFL if he transfers somewhere that plays zone.

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MoralVictory 1 year, 4 months ago

Not a bash on Charlie...but the last time we ran off a player who we didn't think could perform, we replaced him with a player who led us to a 1-6 record before being replaced. If we are going to run off academically strong student-athletes, then we better have a significant upgrade in talent on the field.

I am no fan of running off kids who have done things right. That is not the Jayhawk way.

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soapisurfriend 1 year, 4 months ago

He posted on twitter that he's not leaving my choice. In other news, KSU just got a commitment from 4 star LB Nick Ramirez from Lee's Summit.

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Phil Leister 1 year, 4 months ago

Serious question... Do you think Patmon decided this himself, or do you think Weis had a candid sit-down with him and told him he probably wouldn't see much playing time next year? My guess in the latter.

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jayhawkb 1 year, 4 months ago

good luck at JCCC Tyler. Out with the old (garbage) in with the new (better talent). Now we can cover someone on 3rd down.

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W Keith Swinehart II 1 year, 4 months ago

Tyler, you are solid and have good instincts. Good luck where you decide to go.

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Kyle Coffey 1 year, 4 months ago

Tyler made some plays that showed some crazy potential of what he could do on a game by game basis, and then he made plays that made you wonder.. The long OSU pass play for a TD in the 3rd quarter this year happened because Patmon wanted absolutely no attempt at tackling the receiver. Again, he made great plays but he began to decline the last few years..

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Ethan Berger 1 year, 4 months ago

Glad to see all the class on the board....

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Janet Scott 1 year, 4 months ago

Where's he transfering? Tabor? Baker? Washburn?

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Matt Bowers 1 year, 4 months ago

Patmon, much love to you going forward. I for one am sad to see you go and hope that your next home treats you well. Thank you for your service and don't think that for one moment that your teammates and fans don't appreciate you. You will always be a part of this place and it a part of you.

The best,

Rock Chalk

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Boouk 1 year, 4 months ago

I still think we're fine at CB for next season with Sendish, Shepard, Dexter McDonald, Greg Allen, and Tyree Williams. However, it'd be nice to add Kevin Short and/or some other CB on the recruiting trail who can contribute immediately to add more depth.

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midwest_muser 1 year, 4 months ago

Just a few weeks ago I was saying to the Redhead, "If Tyler Patmon can be a D1 corner, I can too". ..I guess now I can forget about losing that 20 lbs...

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minipman 1 year, 4 months ago

he must of realized that is playing time will be very limited next year.. he doesnt have the speed to get it done as a DB .. and the Juco dream team is on the way

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hawkdds 1 year, 4 months ago

Best of luck Tyler and congrats on early graduation. Being a CB in the aerial circus known as the Big12 is a daunting task to say the least.RCJH

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HotToddy69 1 year, 4 months ago

Opposing big 12 receivers are sad to see him leave.

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Ralster Jayhawk 1 year, 4 months ago

Sorry to hear this. Experience has value. I'm curious what the real reason for leaving is? Best regards to Tyler Patmon in whatever he does in the future. Fun watching him play. RCJH.

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