Q & A With Football Transfer Matt Patchan
Aug. 8, 2013
A 6-foot-7, 300-pound offensive lineman from Tampa, Fla., senior Matt Patchan transferred to Boston College from the University of Florida following the 2012 season. At Florida, Patchan appeared in 11 games on the defensive line as a true freshman in 2008 and recorded seven tackles and 1.5 sacks. As a sophomore he played the first four games on the offensive line before an injury sidelined him for the year, and played twelve games in 2011, starting the last seven at right tackle. He missed all of last season because of injury. Patchan attended Armwood High School where he was a USA Today first-team All-American and was selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He is enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences. Patchan sat down with bceagles.com on Tuesday to discuss his transition to Boston College and the upcoming season.
Q. You grew up in Tampa and went to the University of Florida before transferring to BC. Can you talk about what it has been like to leave your home state and how you feel about playing on a new team?
A. "Anytime you transition there are going to be some bumps and things along the way but it's been awesome. It's a great experience up here and the people are awesome, my teammates are great. I have enjoyed living with a lot of the older guys and it's been awesome to hang out with them every day and come together as a team, it's a nice fit."
Q. You switched from defensive line to offensive line at Florida, was the transition difficult?
A. "Football is football, it is what it is. When Coach Addazio was at Florida with me I had a great run with him so I understand how to prepare for the offensive line and what it takes mentally to start preparing for games and getting those game reps in practice."
Q. After missing last season due to injury, what are you looking forward to most about the upcoming season?
A. "Just being on the field again. It's great to be back in pads and just going through everything as a team, being part of a team is a nice feeling. I know I belong on the field and that I'm good enough to play football at a high level as long as I'm on the field. It's been a blessing to continue chasing my dream of playing in the NFL. It's something I've been working towards for a long time and it's something I'm going to keep working for."
Q. What aspects of your game have you been focusing on improving in the offseason?
A. "Everything. I have been trying to take everything as a whole, as a unit, and say OK, I want to get bigger, stronger, and faster. I want to know my plays through and through by the time I step on the field. I want to be a veteran guy for the offensive line that the guys can look to ask questions and say hey, I'm having trouble doing XYZ footwork wise and I want to be able to answer all those questions and do whatever I can to help the team."
Q. You're job this year will be to protect QB Chase Rettig. Can you talk about what you have seen from him so far and what it has been like working with him?
A. "I expect some good things from Chase. Our offense has been working pretty hard and I think we just have to keep working every day to get better and work through the grind that is camp. As long as we do that we will be good."
- Interview conducted by media relations assistant Brendan Doyle