Notebook: Gators to miss Patton

FILE PHOTO - Solomon Patton runs up field during an open practice session in August, at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

Matt Stamey/Staff photographer
Published: Monday, October 29, 2012 at 8:58 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, October 29, 2012 at 8:58 p.m.

Florida receiver Solomon Patton is out for the season after breaking the humerus bone in his left arm in Saturday's 17-9 loss to Georgia.

UF coach Will Muschamp announced the injury after the game and revealed how much time Patton will miss in his Monday news conference.

“He was having a fantastic year,” Muschamp said. “He does a lot for us on offense, but (on) special teams he's a great gunner and a guy that you can use in the reverse game.

“Great young man who's really given a lot to our program in the two years I've been here. But he'll be back this spring and he'll be fine.”

Patton had accounted for one 17-yard catch and 14 carries for 140 yards, including the 54-yard run on a fake punt against Vanderbilt.

Receiver Andre Debose will have his role on offense increased, particularly with the jet sweeps, in Patton's absence, and Muschamp said he has big shoes to fill.

“Andre needs to step it up a little bit and help us in some situations there,” Muschamp said. “We gotta fill the void of what (Patton) gives you from a dynamic playmaker standpoint. He's a guy that can get on the edge and do some good things.”

Another player who may miss the final four games is redshirt junior offensive tackle Matt Patchan. He has been out since tearing his pectoral muscle Aug. 18 and is still rehabbing the shoulder.

“I don't know,” Muschamp said when asked if Patchan will play this season. “He's got a torn pec and he's trying to rehab it as best he can.”

Muschamp said defensive tackle Damien Jacobs (hip) and offensive linemen Xavier Nixon and James Wilson (both with twisted knees) are expected to return to practice Tuesday. Buck linebacker Lerentee McCray (ankle) may be back Wednesday and is probable for Saturday's game, Muschamp said.

Defending Reed

Tight end Jordan Reed has received some criticism for trying to leap into the end zone on Florida's final offensive play rather than taking Georgia safety Shawn Williams head on.

Reed was stripped from behind as he began to jump and the Bulldogs sealed the win by recovering.

Muschamp said Reed needs to have better ball security, but he's never going to disrupt him from trying to make a play.

“No one player or one play lost the game, at the end of the day,” Muschamp said. “The guy plays with great effort and passion and he made a couple of really nice plays on the (final) drive. We wouldn't be in that position if it weren't for him. It's easy to sit and criticize when you're in the stands. Get in the arena and play (first).”

Homecoming kickoff set

Florida's Nov. 10 homecoming game against Louisiana-Lafayette is set for a 12:21 p.m. kickoff in The Swamp and will be shown on the SEC Network.

Florida hosts Missouri at noon this Saturday and it will be carried on ESPN2.

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