Georgia game has special feel for Gators Solomon Patton
For Florida senior WR Solomon Patton, Saturday's game against Georgia will have a little more significance than just taking on an arch rival.
It's a chance to get past a hauting memory.
It was in last season's game against Georgia that Patton suffered a season-ending injury when he broke his arm on a sweep play.
"Oh yeah, I've definitely been waiting on this game," Patton said. "I had it circled since last year. This is like the main game that I've been waiting on all year."
Florida offensive coordinator Brent Pease said what made Patton's injury so difficult for him last season was that he was just starting to come into his own.
“I’ll tell you, that hurt me because, I mean, he was just starting to come on and that particular play, I mean, it was kind of such a weird hit that he didn’t get hit directly," Pease said. "He didn’t fall on his arm. And that was kind of a play we put in figuring he could get around the edge and we kind of had for him. And I mean, I felt bad about it because he meant a lot to us of what we could do at that time. So, you know, that’s, obviously he’s come through it full circle, and the season he’s having now, good for him, because we need him.”
Patton is the Gators' leading scorer this season with five touchdowns, and is also the leading kick returner with 12 returns for 347 yards, including a 100-yard return.