On a day when the Gators turned the ball over five times, it’s important to look back at the bright spots for the Gators. One was wide receiver Solomon Patton. The Murphy High product snagged six receptions for 118 yards and a touchdown.
In the first game of the season, against Toledo, no Gators receiver totaled over 70 yards, still leaving Trey Burton as the go to for Jeff Driskel. Now, it seems that Patton, as long as he can stay some what consistent, has distanced himself from the rest of the pack.
Making catches like this will certainly help as well. The speed and intense concentration needed make this one of the toughest catches in the game.
Consistency will be key because in week one Patton only caught one ball for 21 yards. It seems like he has already gained the trust of Driskel but continuing this play is the only way to maintain consistent attention from him.
At 5-9, Patton isn’t going to beat you on a jump ball, but he can sure burn you with his speed. His 118 yards on Saturday passed his yardage total for his last three seasons combined.
At the end of the year, Patton may not have the most receptions or receiving yards, but for right now he seems like the best receiving option for the Gators. Look for him and Burton to be the most targeted receivers come next game and the rest of the season.
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