Matt Patchan, De’Ante Saunders Preparing to Transfer From Florida Gators

By Michael Amato
Jake Roth – USA TODAY Sports

Two players are reportedly set to leave the Florida Gators at the end of the season. Offensive lineman Matt Patchan and safety De’Ante Saunders will be looking for new homes after the Gators conclude their 2012 campaign in the Sugar Bowl against the Louisville Cardinals. The school has not confirmed either move as of yet, but the Gainesville Sun received word from each player on their decision to leave.

Saunders went on to tell the paper that he was released from his scholarship a few days ago and is just looking for fresh start. He also added that his move has nothing to do with the school and head coach, Will Muschamp. Ironically, the school he is seriously considering going to is Louisville.

Saunders came to Florida as a part of Muschamp’s first recruiting class and has started 16 games over two seasons, including seven in 2012. He was suspended for the final two games of 2012 for a team rules violation and is not scheduled to play in the Sugar Bowl either.

The Gainesville Sun also reported that Patchan will wind up with either the Ohio State Buckeyes or the Boston College Eagles thanks to their current head coaches. Urban Meyer and Steve Addazio were both instrumental in recruiting Patchan to Florida.

Patchan had a rollercoaster ride with the Gators that was filled with injuries and a change in position. He actually came in as a defensive lineman and starting 11 games as a true freshman in 2008. However, he injured his leg and had to miss the BCS Title game that year. An injury to his ACL cost Patchan the majority of his 2009 and 2010 seasons, while a back ailment forced him to miss the Gator Bowl in 2011. He missed all of 2012 with a strained pectoral muscle.

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