WRSolomon Patton

Florida — SEC
  • Height: 5'9"
  • Weight: 171
  • Hometown: Mobile, Alabama
  • Age: 22


SUMMARY: Played in 43 career games and made 8 starts…Set a school record as a senior with a 29.2 kick return average…Patton’s career kickoff return average of 27.7 yards on 39 returns is a school record for players with 30 or more return.

2013 (SENIOR): Voted a team captain and was named the team’s MVP for the season…Returned after a season-ending injury as a junior and was the team’s top receiver on the year…Led the team in receiving yards (556), catches (44) and touchdowns (6)…Became the first UF wide receiver to have six receiving touchdowns in a season since Riley Cooper had nine in 2009…Patton had two games with two touchdown catches (Arkansas, Georgia Southern), the first UF player to have two games with two touchdowns in the same season since Chad Jackson in 2005 (Wyoming, Kentucky)…At Miami, Patton totaled 6 catches for 118 yards and a touchdown. Entering the game, he had just 9 catches and 100 yards in his career…It was the first 100-yard receiving game for Florida since Andre Debose had 151 yards against Furman in 2011…Patton had his second 100-yard receiving game of the season against Arkansas, totaling a career-high 124 yards on six catches with touchdowns of 51 and 38 yards. He was the first UF wide receiver to have two receiving touchdowns in an SEC game since Riley Cooper had two against Georgia in 2009…Patton’s 124 receiving yards against Arkansas were the most by a Gator since Percy Harvin had 186 vs. Ole Miss in 2008. He was the first Gator wide receiver since Harvin and Andre Caldwell in 2007 to have two games of 118 yards or more receiving in the same season…Against Georgia Southern, he had four catches for 69 yards and a pair of touchdowns…Against Missouri, Patton had a career-high 221 all-purpose yards, including a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown (158 total kick return yards), 46 receiving yards and 17 rushing yards…Returned the opening kickoff of the second half at Missouri 100 yards for a touchdown – becoming the fifth Gator to have a 100-yard return (Andre Debose vs. Louisville, 2012; Bo Carroll vs. LSU, 1999; Jack Jackson vs. Mississippi State, 1993; Pat Reen vs. Miami, 1940)…Patton scored a touchdown three different ways in his career: kick return, returning a blocked punt (42-yard TD vs. Vanderbilt on Nov. 6, 2010) and as a receiver (6 different times)…Patton had 22 kickoff returns for 642 yards (29.2 avg), putting him 7th nationally. His season average was the highest in school history (Andre Debose, 28.3 in 2012)…Won the team’s Iron Gator Strength Award and Chris Patrick Courage Award.

2012 (JUNIOR): Played in the first eight games of the season before suffering a season-ending injury versus Georgia…Carried the ball 14 times for 140 yards (10.0 avg)…Was the team’s third-leading rusher at the time of his injury…Had one reception for 17 yards on the year…Had a career-long rush of 54 yards against Vanderbilt…His 54-yard carry was the third-longest run by a Gator in the 2012 regular season.

2011(SOPHOMORE): Appeared in all 13 games…Contributed mostly on special teams, with 10 kick returns for 241 yards and one punt return for 28 yards…Had a blocked punt that Chris Rainey returned 22 yards for a touchdown in the first game of the season against FAU…The blocked punt marked the second-straight contest that Patton had blocked a punt (2011 Outback Bowl vs. Penn State)…Had six total special teams tackles on the season…Blocked a punt in the fourth quarter at LSU…Set new career highs in kick return yards and all-purpose yards, returning five kicks for 132 yards vs. Alabama.

2010 (FRESHMAN): Appeared in 10 games…Was a special teams factor, blocking one punt and returning another blocked punt for a touchdown…Averaged 28.0 yards per kickoff that season, with four returns for 196 yards…Blocked a punt in the second quarter against Penn State in the Outback Bowl, leading to a Lerentee McCray return for a touchdown, putting the Gators ahead, 14-7…Returned a blocked punt by Chris Rainey 42 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter against Vanderbilt…Enrolled at UF in January of 2010.

HIGH SCHOOL: Rated a four-star prospect and the No. 36 wide receiver in the nation by Scout.com…Participant in the 2010 Under Armour All-American Game in Orlando…Played in the Alabama/Mississippi All-Star Game…Had 30 rushes for 371 yards and three touchdowns and caught 71 passes for 891 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior…Also averaged 38.8 yards on five kickoff returns as a senior…Recorded 845 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns during his junior season in 2008…Was named to the ASWA All-State 6A first-team in 2008…Hauled in 66 receptions for 950 yards and nine touchdowns as a sophomore…Chose Florida over Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Ole Miss and Southern Miss… Also ran track in high school…Coached by Ronn Lee.