Nutt dismisses Patterson from Ole Miss

It was Patrick Patterson’s third strike. And he’s most definitely out.

The talented sophomore wide receiver was dismissed from Mississippi’s football team by head coach Houston Nutt on Wednesday for violating team rules.

The 6-2, 200-pounder missed spring practice because of a suspension but was expected to return and be eligible for the start of fall camp. But Nutt acknowledged that Patterson was down to his last strike, and apparently the receiver was called out looking.

He was one of Nutt’s biggest recruits when he arrived on campus, picking the Rebels over Nick Saban and Alabama. But he just couldn’t stay out of trouble. He was suspended for a game for breaking team rules last season and was suspended again in January.

As a freshman, the Mississippi native caught 12 balls for 180 yards and a touchdown.

The Rebels’ receiving corps will become even more weakened, with senior Markeith Summers as the leading returning receiver. He caught 17 passes — including four scores — in ’09.

Patterson would have competed for the starting spot vacated by the graduated Shay Hodge, the SEC’s top receiver in 2009.

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