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Patterson led GWU with 110 tackles in 2009 and has returned at full speed after redshirting in 2010.
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Patterson A Preseason All-America, Six 'Dogs Earn All-Conference Spots From Phil Steele FCS Preview
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          Release: July 20, 2011
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CLEVELAND, Ohio - Gardner-Webb linebacker Marty Patterson earned preseason All-America honors for the second season in a row, as Phile Steele's College Football Preview Magazine named him to its fourth team.

Patterson (Mt. Airy, Ga. / Habersham Central HS) is back for his fourth season on the field for the Runnin' Bulldogs after missing the 2010 season with an injury. The 6-foot-3, 234-pound redshirt senior returned at full speed for spring practice, and heads into his final campaign as one of the lynchpins of a defensive unit that returns eight players with starting experience. The Runnin' Bulldogs ranked No. 15 nationally in total defense last season without Patterson.

In 2009, he registered a career-high 110 tackles to lead the Big South Conference in that category. A two-time All-Big South selection, Patterson was named the league's preseason Defensive Player of the Year in 2010, but went down with an injury during the preseason and missed all 11 games.

Patterson has 221 career tackles in 33 games played. The Sports Network ranked Patterson as one of the nation's top-10 linebackers earlier this summer.

Patterson and five other Runnin' Bulldogs earned spots on the preseason All-Big South Conference Team released by Phil Steele.

Receiver James Perry III (Greensboro, N.C. / Dudley HS) and defensive end Preston Pemasa (Garden Grove, Calif. / Orange Lutheran HS) earned first team honors along with Patterson. Offensive lineman Jamie Dunaway (Lyman, S.C. / Byrnes HS), defensive end Jordan Woods (Charlotte, N.C. / West Charlotte HS) and safety Gianni Olivas (Ontario, Calif. / Upland HS) were each named to the second team.

Perry enters his final season with 181 career catches, and is a three-time All-Big South selection. The 6-0, 182-pounder is within striking distance of the top spot on both Big South Conference and Gardner-Webb career reception lists.

Pemasa (6-2, 245) led Gardner-Webb in tackles last season (65), and became the first freshman in Big South Conference history to lead the league in sacks (7.0). Dunaway (6-4, 285) is a two-year starter and enters his junior season as one of the team's most experienced linemen.

Woods (6-3, 240) enters his fourth season as a starter and is coming off a year with 42 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks. Olivas (5-10, 185) started 11 games as a true freshman in 2010, finishing with 50 total hits and a team-high four interceptions. Olivas also broke up four passes.

Copies of Phil Steele's 2011 College Football Preview Magazine FCS edition will hit newsstands on August 10, and is also available at philsteele.com. The magazine features full-page previews of each FCS team, as well as conference previews, All-Conference and All-America teams for the subdivision.


Gardner-Webb, under first-year head coach Ron Dickerson, Jr., reports for camp on Thursday, August 4. The Runnin' Bulldogs open the season at home on Saturday, September 4 against Brevard (6:00 pm kickoff).


 




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