Notebook: Patchan arrives on crutches to workout

Coach Urban Meyer and Florida football practice on March 25, 2009.

The Gainesville Sun
Published: Thursday, March 26, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, March 26, 2009 at 12:03 a.m.

Florida entered its first day of spring practice Wednesday with a case the injury bug going around.

One of the most notable was that of rising sophomore offensive lineman Matt Patchan. Patchan showed up to practice late on crutches and with an air cast around his left knee.

Fortunately for Patchan and the Gators, coach Urban Meyer said the injury isn’t that significant, and he expects him back practicing soon.

“He had a scooter accident, and he told me he’ll be back in about a week,” Meyer said. “He’s a fast healer. He’s had a lot of chances in the past to heal.”

Patchan, who came to UF last year as an offensive lineman, spent the entire 2008 season as a defensive tackle, but was moved back to offense this spring. He’s expected to compete at the open tackle positions with the graduations of Jason Watkins and Phil Trautwein.

Return man/running back Brandon James also arrived late to practice and was also aided by crutches. James is expected to miss all of spring practice with a right foot injury.

Defensive end Carlos Dunlap was at practice, but did not dress out and is still nursing an abdomen strain.

There were a couple of surprises out on the field, as linebacker Brandon Hicks (right shoulder), offensive lineman Mike Pouncey (left shoulder) and receiver Omarius Hines (thighs) were all dressed and participated in some drills. Each was listed as players expected to be out for spring practice.

Davis to return? Meyer is known for giving players who have had a tough time off the field a second chance, but things could be a little tougher for Torrey Davis.

The second-year defensive tackle left the team earlier this month for unspecified reasons. Meyer said Wednesday that there was “no chance” Davis could return this fall, but he didn’t rule out him rejoining the team at a future date.

“There’s a chance that Torrey Davis might be able to come back after he does what he has to do,” he said. “We’ll know something in the next two weeks.”

Spikes back: Message board rumors have been flying for months about the whereabouts of linebacker Brandon Spikes.

Is he working out? Is he in Gainesville?

Spikes didn’t say much about the past few months since the Gators’ 24-14 win over Oklahoma in the BCS title game, but he did admit to being absent for early team workouts.

“It was just a family issue,” he said, “That’s about it.”

Visitors: Former Gator receiver and coach Dwayne Dixon was at Wednesday’s practice. Dixon is currently the receivers coach at Ohio University. … Columbia, Mo., Rock Bridge defensive end Chase Rome and Gainesville linebacker Kevin Nelson also checked out practice.

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