Friday, July 19, 2013
Gator Breakdown: Solomon Patton
By Michael DiRocco
During the summer, GatorNation will analyze each of the scholarship players on the Florida roster -- excluding the Gators’ 2013 recruiting class -- in our Gator Breakdown series. Starting with No. 1 Quinton Dunbar, we will go through the roster numerically, finishing with No. 97 Brad Phillips.
No. 83 Solomon Patton
Senior wide receiver
Expectations for 2013: Patton should have the same primary role he did in 2012: the jet sweep guy. The 5-foot-9, 171-pound Patton had a lot of success with the play last year: 140 yards on 14 carries before getting injured against Georgia and missing the final five games of the season.
Best-case scenario in 2013: Patton has the speed and quickness to be a problem in the open field as a runner. But the Gators need help in the passing game. Patton caught only one pass last season and has eight career receptions, but he could find a role as a slot receiver.
Worst-case scenario in 2013: UF coach Will Muschamp prefers bigger receivers so it’s unclear how much work Patton will get as a receiver. He could spend his final season only getting touches on the jet sweep, which is essentially an end-around with a running start.
Future impact: Patton is more of an Urban Meyer-type receiver (smaller, quicker) and it’s unlikely Gators fans will see that kind of player at the position as long as Muschamp is around.