Post-Practice: TE & FB Coach James Patton (Aug. 19, 2014)
Mitch Ewald earned 2013 second team All-Big Ten honors and left Bloomington as the program's all-time leader in field goals made, field goal percentage, extra points made and total points (kickers).
The Hoosiers special teams paced the conference and finished sixth nationally in kickoff return defense. Indiana also ended the year atop the conference in kickoff average (10th nationally) and second in touchbacks (T-19th nationally).
IU closed out its second straight top 40 recruiting class, the top two rated classes in program history.
Owns 15 years of experience in the Midwest, spending seven as a player and coach at Miami (Ohio) University, seven as an assistant at Northwestern University and one as an assistant with the Hoosiers. He coached the offensive line at the University of Oklahoma from 2006-12.
Coached in 10 bowl games and on six conference championship teams. He spent six years with head coach Kevin Wilson at Miami (1990-94, `98), three at Northwestern (1999-2001) and five at Oklahoma (2006-10) before he joined the Hoosiers.
Also coached with offensive coordinator Kevin Johns at Northwestern (1999-2001, 2004-05) and played with running backs coach Deland McCullough (1992).
At Oklahoma, five of Patton's linemen earned All-America honors and moved on to the National Football League, including Trent Williams (Washington), Phil Loadholt (Minnesota), Duke Robinson (Carolina), Jon Cooper (Minnesota) and Lane Johnson (Philadelphia).
Johnson was selected fourth overall by the Eagles in the 2013 NFL Draft. Robinson was a finalist for the Outland Trophy and Cooper earned Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the Year honors.
Gabe Ikard earned first team All-Big 12 accolades for a second straight year in 2012. The Sooners finished the season fifth in the nation in passing offense and 12th in total offense.
Patton's 2011 offensive line gave up just nine sacks, while OU ranked fourth nationally in total offense and passing. In 2010, Oklahoma finished No. 4 in passing offense, No. 13 in total offense and No. 17 in scoring offense nationally.
The 2008 line anchored an offense that produced 7,670 yards, 99 touchdowns, two 1,000-yard rushers and one 1,000-yard receiver. It featured three All-Big 12 first-teamers and protected Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford, giving up only 13 sacks.
Tutored an o-line that ranked fifth nationally with an average of 1.0 sacks per game allowed. The line broke the school record of 1.21 per game set the previous season.
Mentored the offensive line at Northwestern from 2001-05 after he oversaw tight ends and H-backs in 1999 and 2000 for head coach Randy Walker. From 2002-05, NU had at least one 1,200-yard rusher and one of the nation's top 30 rushers each year. Every Wildcat senior offensive lineman Patton coached made it to the NFL.
Northwestern's 2005 offense was No. 4 nationally in total yards and No. 7 in passing. The offensive line gave up just 11 sacks in 512 passing attempts.
The 2000 Wildcats shared the Big Ten championship, advanced to the Alamo Bowl and finished No. 3 nationally in total offense.
Tight ends and H-backs coach at Miami (Ohio) in 1998, when the RedHawks posted a 10-1 record.
Before returning to Miami, Patton spent three seasons at the University of Rhode Island under Floyd Keith, who was an assistant coach for Indiana's all-time winningest coach Bill Mallory from 1984-92. He worked with the offensive line in 1996 and 1997, and tight ends in 1995.
Earned four letters as a tight end at Miami and had 45 career receptions for 504 yards and one score. He was named a captain his senior season and earned first team All-Mid-American Conference honors.
A Lafayette, Ohio, native, Patton earned his bachelor's degree in 1993 and his master's in 1995. He served as a graduate assistant in 1993 and 1994.
His wife, Nichole, was an all-state volleyball player at Fort Wayne's (Ind.) Homestead High School and went on to play at Miami. They have one son, Brayden (16), and three daughters, Katie (12), Madie (10) and Abbie (5).
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