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Ex-Armwood High star Matt Patchan will miss Gator Bowl

JACKSONVILLE — Florida OT Matt Patchan, an Armwood alumnus, will not play in Monday's Gator Bowl due to an injury he sustained in practice Thursday afternoon.

"He had a lat injury" Florida coach Will Muschamp said Saturday. "It's on his back, a re-aggravation of something during the season. We had a physical bowl practice and preparation for what we're trying to do to improve our football team and get ready for the game. It's an unfortunate injury."

With Patchan out, Chaz Green, Xavier Nixon, Nick Alajajian and Kyle Koehne will rotate at tackle, Muschamp said. Patchan has played in all 12 games, starting the final seven.

MEYER WHO?: It's clear Ohio State has no intention of talking about new coach Urban Meyer until it absolutely has to. Interim coach Luke Fickell, who has been hired as Meyer's defensive coordinator, declined to answer questions about Meyer or allow his players to do so during Saturday's news conference. Fickell said he and the team are solely focused on Florida and Monday's game.

When Muschamp was asked his first question about Meyer, he leaned forward and jokingly said "Who?" Muschamp went on to say he doesn't wish the Gators were facing another opponent because of Meyer and he's looking forward to playing Ohio State.

"I think absolutely none," he said when asked Meyer's effect on the game. "None. Zero. I really don't think it has any effect. He's going to be the head coach at Ohio State next year, not right now. It's about the players playing the game on Jan. 2 in the Gator Bowl."

Ex-Armwood High star Matt Patchan will miss Gator Bowl 12/31/11 [Last modified: Saturday, December 31, 2011 6:25pm]

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