Oswego, coming off a 10-2 Class 8A quarterfinal appearance, is ready to be heard from again.
The Panthers started fall practice Monday.
"Last year was last year," Patterson said. "We have a new story to tell this year."
Patterson doesn't seem overly concerned about playing a new position, or the added responsibility. He figures he can easily adapt to changes in technique and formations.
He's played plenty of 7-on-7s, but Patterson's biggest focus has been on his mental game.
"Last year sometimes I would let things get in my head. I would get out of it," Patterson said. "This year that cannot happen. When I get down, other people on the defense see that."