Matt Patchan and De'Ante Saunders to transfer from Florida

Matt Patchan and De'Ante Saunders to transfer from Florida

By Tom Fornelli | Staff Writer
De'Ante Saunders seems headed for Louisville. (US Presswire)

While Florida is preparing for its Sugar Bowl date against Louisville, two members of the team are getting ready to find new homes, with one of them reportedly headed to Louisville.

Safety De'Ante Saunders and offensive lineman Matt Patchan will be concluding their college careers elsewhere. While the school hasn't officially announced either move, both players told the Gainesville Sun of their decisions.

Saunders told the paper that he was released from his scholarship a few days ago.

“It's been a long time coming," Saunders said. “Nothing against Florida or coach Muschamp, but I just needed a fresh start. The top school I'm considering right now is Louisville.”

Saunders was a member of Will Muschamp's first recruiting class at Florida and has started 16 games in his first two years at the school. Saunders started seven games in 2012 but was suspended for the final two games of the season for a "violation of team rules." He was to be held out of the Sugar Bowl as well.

As for Patchan, the Gainesville Sun reports that he'll wind up at either Ohio State or Boston College. Urban Meyer and Steve Addazio, the current head coaches at the schools, helped recruit Patchan to Florida.

Unfortunately for Patchan, his career at Florida has been one filled with injuries. He started 11 games as a true freshman in 2008 as a defensive lineman, but a leg injury late in the year kept him out of the BCS title game. An ACL injury cost him most of 2009 and all of 2010 before a back injury kept him out of Florida's Gator Bowl win against Ohio State last season. Patchan then missed the entire 2012 season after suffering a strained pectoral muscle before the season and never dressed for a game.

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