Chris Patrick emerged on the Husker offensive line late in the 2005 season and played a key role in a season-ending three-game winning streak. Patrick started the final two games at left tackle, aiding Nebraska to wins over Colorado and Michigan. He backed that performance up with an outstanding spring session where he continued to show the necessary tenacity to man the left tackle position. Patrick will enter the fall as a leading candidate to return to that position, and has the versatility to play either tackle spot.
The former defensive end was listed as a top backup at right offensive guard heading into 2005 fall camp, but did not see action during any of the Huskers’ first nine games. He then backed up both tackle spots against Kansas State, before moving into the lineup in the final two games. Patrick came to Nebraska in 2003 as a highly touted defensive end, but moved to offense in the spring of 2004 and spent his first year adjusting to his new position, playing in just one game.
2005 (Sophomore)Patrick emerged late in the year and played a significant role in Nebraska winning its final three games. Patrick made his first start in the 30-3 win at Colorado, when Nebraska threw for 391 yards, the second-best total in school history. He also started against his home state school, Michigan, in the Alamo Bowl.
2004 (Redshirt Freshman)Patrick played in the season opener against Western Illinois and served as a reserve offensive tackle during the season.
2003 (Redshirt)Patrick practiced at defensive end and redshirted in his first year at Nebraska.
Before Nebraska (Ithaca HS)Patrick was just the second Husker recruit from the state of Michigan since 1974. He was Ithaca's second-leading tackler as a senior, making 102 stops as a defensive end, while adding eight sacks, four fumbles caused, two blocked kicks and six hurries. Ithaca finished 7-3 in his senior year and captured its third straight conference title and the school’s first-ever district title under Coach Jim Ahearn. Patrick also played offensive tackle and graded out at better than 80 percent.
Patrick was named to the Detroit News and Saginaw News Dream Teams, earned first-team AP all-state honors and was the Mt. Pleasant Morning Sun’s area Defensive Player of the Year. He had 95 tackles, 20 tackles for loss and eight sacks as a junior for an 11-1 squad, earning honorable-mention all-state honors. He also had five receptions for 110 yards and two touchdowns as a tight end in 2001.
A three-year starter as a basketball center, Patrick averaged nearly 12 points and 13 rebounds for Ithaca’s district title team in 2003. A two-time all-league and all-area pick, Patrick pulled down a school-record 275 rebounds. He also lettered two years in track. Patrick chose Nebraska over Purdue.
PersonalChris is the son of Philip and Marie Patrick and was born on Aug. 22, 1984. His older brother, Joe, started eight games as an offensive lineman at Michigan State in 2002. Chris is majoring in criminal justice and was named to the Big 12 Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll in the spring of 2005. He has volunteered his time with local hospital visits and the Scouts Under Lights program.