Q&A with Matt Patchan


Florida offensive lineman Matt Patchan speaks with media after day two of preseason football practice Friday, Aug. 7.

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Published: Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at 5:02 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at 5:02 p.m.

During the spring, we asked a lot of your teammates who was the craziest guy on the team to hang out with off of the field. Every one of them said you were. Why do you think that is?

(Laughs) Geez. I donít know, man. I donít do too much crazy stuff. If I had to make the decision or make that choice, Iíd probably pick (thinking) Ö Not Tim, not Marcus (Gilbert). ... (Riley) Cooperís pretty crazy. I donít know, though. I guess thatís why people donít hang out with me anymore (laughs). I donít know what else to say. I hope they donít think Iím crazy. I think Iím just a cool guy.

Everyone said you speak your mind and you donít hold back any punches. True?

I tell everyone how it is. Iím honest. I donít lie about stuff. Iím still able to maintain a couple of friends though. A few people still like me.

What do you think about the possibility of playing offense and defense this year?

Hell yeah. That would be sweet to do that. Thatís always been one of my goals. As long as I continue to progress on the offensive line, hopefully theyíll spot-play me on defense. Weíll see.

How do you think youíd do if you played back in the í30s and í40s?

The throwback days, those were tough days. I donít know if I could play in those days. Itís a different era. My dad raised me pretty tough, so I think Iíd be able to handle it back in the day, if thatís how it was. But I would not like to go up against some of those guys with no helmet on. Thatís crazy.

How much weight do you think you can add?

I still want to add a couple more pounds. A lot of people ask me all the time how much weight, or whyíd you gain the weight. Truth is, you know, one morning back in the spring, I woke up and looked at myself in the mirror and said that it would be pretty selfish of me not to make more of me (laughs). So I had to gain some more weight.

How good do you think you can be?

Well, thatís tough to answer. I think everybodyís goal is to be Tim-Tebow status, but thatís pretty tough on the offensive line. You just have to set yourself high and land among the stars. Shoot for the moon.

If you werenít playing football, what would you be doing?

Right now? Iíd be making a lot of money. I would just find whatever way I could make money, because thatís the key to a lot of things in this country. Those who have the money have the power. If I wasnít playing football, Iíd probably just be out there, I donít even know if Iíd go to college, that would be like tough and a waste of my time (laughs). I definitely want to get my degree now and do the best I can with it, but if it wasnít for football there would be a whole different mindset.

What kind of hobbies do you have?

Honestly, I really like to read. I read all of the time. Iíve got a bunch of books. Iím in the middle of a book now called ĎHow Sex Worksí (room laughs) about the evolution of mankind. Iím not even kidding you, this is serious stuff. Itís about the evolution of mankind. Itís by the same person who wrote ďSurvival of the SickestĒ (Sharon Moalem), which is a pretty popular bestseller. I read both books. Itís secondary and itís about the evolution of man and how we evolve and reproduce to keep our species going. I read a lot. Thatís pretty much all I do when Iím not studying plays, going to class or studying my schoolwork really tough all the time (laughs sarcastically).

What are your thoughts on Urban Meyer wearing sunglasses on the cover of Sports Illustrated?

I thought it was pretty funny. Whoever got him to do that is a big jerk. The glasses, I mean, come on. Thatís ridiculous. Itís a bit much. He can do it though because heís Coach Meyer. Itís all fun.

What would you say to Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin if you passed him on the street?

I probably wouldnít say anything to him. Iíve got nothing to say to that guy. Heís a bozo.

Whatís the last dream that you had that you can remember?

(Laughs) Pass. I canít tell you that dream.

How about the dream before that one?

Letís see. I had a dream, and this is a true story, I think it was after a workout when we got cussed out for something. I dreamed that I kept getting picked on by James Wilson (who is sitting in front of Patchan and laughing). He kept picking on me, so I went up to him and I punched him. He punched me back and we kept punching each other in the stomach, but it didnít hurt. Itís the craziest dream Iíve had in my life (room is laughing). Itís a true story though. You write that down and make sure it goes in the paper, because thatís a true story.

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