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Matt Patchan ruled out for Florida

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Florida's already-thin offensive line got even more so for the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl when coach Will Muschamp announced offensive tackle Matt Patchan will miss Monday's game against Ohio State with an upper-back injury.

Muschamp said Patchan aggravated an injury suffered last week during practice. The 6-foot-6, 292-pound Patchan had started the final seven games of the regular season.

The first two came at left tackle, but from the Georgia game on he started at right. Chaz Green, who started the first seven games of the season at right tackle, moved to left.

Muschamp said Xavier Nixon, who has started nine games at left tackle, or reserve Nick Alajajian will start in Patchan's place. Nixon has struggled and was benched for two games in the middle of the season.

Kyle Koehne also will see time, Muschamp said.

The Gators have battled injuries on the offensive line all season. Center/guard Dan Wenger (foot) and Green (ankle) also have missed games.

Patchan's injury is his latest in a long list. The junior from
Tampa has missed time because of a gunshot wound, a torn pectoral
muscle, a knee injury that resulted from an on-campus scooter
accident and a broken right wrist.

Michael DiRocco covers the University of Florida for GatorNation. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.