Former Gator Patchan thriving at Boston College


Matt Patchan had an injury-riddled career as an offensive tackle at Florida, but transferred to Boston College at the end of last season. (Associated Press photo)

Published: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 7:01 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 7:01 p.m.

You could call it irony or karma or just plain luck. Whatever the reason, Matt Patchan is just enjoying it.

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Matt Patchan had an injury-riddled career as an offensive tackle at Florida, but transferred to Boston College at the end of last season. (Associated Press photo)

The former Florida offensive tackle is using his sixth season of college football to have his best season. He was recently named second-team All-ACC at Boston College.

Meanwhile, his former team lost three tackles to injuries and certainly could have used him.

“It’s weird how things work out sometimes,” Patchan said by phone as he sat in Alumni Stadium in Boston.

Patchan’s time at Florida was almost as much about injuries as it was playing time.

When he played, he was good enough to be a starter both at defensive and offensive tackles. But he missed three games as a freshman on Florida’s 2008 national title team, then most of 2009 and all of 2010. He was a starter for Will Muschamp’s first team before missing the Gator Bowl and then all of the 2012 season.

Patchan was injured during the first practice last season and as the season went along, he felt less and less a part of the team. He decided to look for a fresh start.

And when his former offensive line coach at Florida Steve Addazio left Temple for Boston College, there was a clear choice.

“Coach Addazio was a good fit for me,” Patchan said. “To play with this group of seniors, it was a great process. I couldn’t ask for better teammates.”

He was also reunited with former teammate Phil Trautwein, who is a graduate assistant at Boston College.

“He’s gotten better every single game,” Trautwein said. “He knew it was his last shot. He went out there and gave it all every game.

“He knew he could play and he’s stayed healthy all year. If he wasn’t here, we probably wouldn’t have been bowl eligible.”

Patchan helped running back Andre Williams, who rushed 2,102 yards and 17 touchdowns, get into the Heisman Trophy conversation.

“It has been awesome,” Patchan said. “Dre is a good friend of mine. Playing with him is something special. The kid is an absolute beast.”

From afar, Patchan has watched his former team fall apart, record its first losing season since 1979 and miss a bowl game for the first time since 1990.

But he swears there are no hard feelings and no sense of satisfaction in the Gators’ troubles.

“Gainesville did a lot of good things for me,” he said. “It was time for a change. I have a lot of friends and family down there. I was pulling for them to do well. I wish all the guys the best of luck.”

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