2-minute drill: Miami Hurricanes DE Scott Patchan overcoming two ACL tears

Scott Patchan (Matt Porter/The Palm Beach Post)

[Eight Canes under pressure for 2017]

CORAL GABLES — Scott Patchan hopes all this pain, all this work, all this waiting, will be worth it.

In the last three seasons, the redshirt sophomore defensive end has played fewer than four quarters’ worth of competitive football and endured two major knee surgeries.

As a high school senior, he tore the ACL in his right knee in the the third quarter of his team’s season-opener. After enrolling early at UM, rehabbing and redshirting, he ripped the replacement ACL in March 2016.

Finally ready to play last Oct. 8 — in Miami’s rivalry game against Florida State, no small matter for a lifelong Hurricanes fan — he produced a quarterback hit in an eight-play stint, over two drives, in the second and third quarters. Along the way he “tweaked” the knee, he said. He didn’t play again the rest of the season.

If his performance in UM’s scrimmage last Saturday — four tackles, three for loss, and two sacks — is any indication, he’s good to go.

“Glory to God that I am healthy again,” he said. “I’m on a high right now.”

Patchan, from Tampa, is the son of Matt Patchan III, a left tackle on Miami’s 1983 and 1987 national title teams. His brother, Matt, played for Florida and Boston College and spent time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Scott, listed at 6-foot-6 and 240 pounds, was a four-star recruit at Freedom High and, in his senior year, at Bradenton-IMG Academy.

“We think of Scott as an old guy because he’s been here longer than we have been here as a coaching staff,” defensive coordinator Manny Diaz said. “But he’s really not an old guy, in terms of experience and in terms of the reps that he’s had out on the practice field – which is an encouraging thing because he has a lot of ball ahead of him.”

More from Patchan in the two-minute video below.

Previously in the 2-minute drill series: 

[QB Malik Rosier]

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