Patrick Chung Was Drafted By The New England Patriots In The Second Round (34th overall) Of The 2009 NFL Draft

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Brandon Tate returned the opening kick to the second half for a touchdown and the proverbial flood gates burst open. The Patriots forced just their second three-and-out following the kickoff return and safety Patrick Chung blocked the punt. Two plays later BenJarvus Green-Ellis was into the end zone for a touchdown to make it 20-7. The Dolphins scored on their next drive to make it 20-14, but the Pats busted out again. They marched down the field for a 12 play 78 yard drive that ended in a touchdown pass from Tom Brady to Danny Woodhead. At this point, the versatile Pats had scored on a kickoff return, run, and pass.

Things really got out of hand in the 4th quarter. Patrick Chung blocked a 53-yard field goal attempt and it was returned for a touchdown to make it 34-14. A few drives later, Chung intercepted Chad Henne and returned it for a score to put the stamp on the game. The third-team All-America pick (Phil Steele Publications) set the tone early at Washington State as he was credited with eight tackles in the opening quarter Tied for second in the country in consecutive starts (51) First stepping onto the collegiate practice field at the age of 16, he was difficult to pull off the field due to his insistence of playing on the majority of special teams in addition to the line of scrimmage Oregon’s two-time special teams player of the year and first-team all-conference special teams honoree participated in more than 100 plays on four occasions, including 118 snaps vs. Purdue and Arizona Encountered his best season as a kick returner

Averaging 25.6 yards per return Ran back four kickoffs for 107 yards vs. Boise State (26.8 avg.) as well as 62-yard returns on consecutive weeks against Boise State and Washington State Evolved into an exceptional leader by mastering the mental aspects of the game and grasping an understanding of the team’s defensive objectives One of Oregon strongest defensive backs, posted the program’s second-best bench press (345 lbs.) in 2008 winter testing, in addition to the Ducks’ fifth-best power clean lift (324 lbs.) of all time among players in the secondary.

The second-team All-America honoree (Associated Press) and Oregon’s top tackler posted more tackles than any other defensive back on the team in 13 years Extending his string of consecutive starting assignments to 38 games, he accumulated 57 tackles over his past six appearances Included was a career-high 15 stops against Arizona State while sharing the team lead in tackles on six occasions The first-team all-conference pick also intercepted passes vs. Houston and Stanford while forcing a fumble against Fresno State Honored as the Ducks’ outstanding special teams player (Gordon E. Wilson Award) following the conclusion of the regular season.

Remained on the field for 106 plays against Arizona State as he participated in better than 90 plays in seven games Blocked his first punts as a collegian against Houston and at Washington, and added the role as a kickoff returner in his final four games of the season, averaging 22.3 yards on nine returns Included was a 40-yard runback at UCLA as well as a 32-yard return at Arizona.

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