New Illini coach Cory Patterson: “It’s a lot different”


URBANA (WCIA) — This time last year, Cory Patterson was coaching high school football. Fast forward 12 months and the St. Louis native is on a college sideline for the first time. Illinois head coach Lovie Smith hired Patterson to coach tight ends, coming straight to Division I from Trinity Catholic High School.

“Its big time work, it’s a lot different,” Patterson said after his 10th practice with the Illini. “It’s a lot of meetings, it’s real work but I’m loving it. I’m having a good time, learning a lot, getting my guys rolling. I’m building some good relationships with my guys and ready to play some football.”

Patterson was brought in to coach but also for his recruiting ties. That’s already paying off with two commits from Trinity in St. Louis in highly touted quarterback Isaiah Williams and 3-star receiver Bryce Childress.

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