BREAKING NEWS: LT Matt Patchan out for season with torn ACL

By Adam Silverstein
October 7, 2009

Florida Gators left tackle Matt Patchan has been ruled out for the remainder of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament, according to head coach Urban Meyer. He tore his ACL during non-contract drills on Tuesday.

Patchan, who played in 11 games as a true freshman filling in at defensive tackle for the eventual National Champions, was sidelined for the final three games of the 2008 season with a leg injury. While rehabbing in the spring, Patchan hurt his knee in an unfortunate scooter accident. He finally bounced back and earned a job backing up starting LT Carl Johnson.

Meyer said Patchan would apply for a medical redshirt, allowing him to maintain three years of eligibility should it be approved. “That’s a tough deal, especially for Matt,” Meyer said. “He’s been coming into his own a little bit — playing, starting, getting a lot of action.”

Offensive coordinator Steve Addazio mentioned that either Mike or Maurkice Pouncey could replace Patchan backing up Johnson if necessary.

4 Comments

  1. Sarasota 'cane says:

    Tough break! His Dad was 100% ‘cane, and played on the 1987 NC team. I wish him a speedy recovery!

  2. ZURBO says:

    This guy is a mess

  3. Kaity says:

    Ouch, that really sucks. I hope he gets his red shirt.

  4. Daniel M. says:

    He made huge gains this summer. Took one for the team playing DT on the championship team.
    Big loss.
    Come back stronger Matty.

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