Miami Hurricanes’ defensive lineman Scott Patchan will miss his team’s Saturday afternoon matchup against the North Carolina Tar Heels while recovering from a right knee injury, according to Hurricanes beat writer Tim Reynolds.
Patchan originally injured his knee in practice back in March. He was forced to undergo surgery as a result and he has not been able to take the field since. It was the second time Patchan had sustained a major right knee injury. In 2014, he tore his ACL and missed his final high school campaign.
During his junior year at IMG Academy, Patchan racked up 56 tackles and 8.5 sacks, gaining widespread recognition among recruiters across the country. The 6-6, 245-pounder, who was a true freshman in 2015, redshirted last season to retain eligibility. The Tampa Bay native was a four-star recruit in the 2015 class and Rivals.com ranked him 18th among all defensive ends in the country.
Patchan’s father, Matt, played offensive tackle for Miami and was a part of the Hurricanes’ National Championship teams in 1983 and 1987.
Miami, who are currently ranked 16th in the nation, started this season 4-0 before a heartbreaking 20-19 loss to the in-state rival Florida State Seminoles last Saturday. Florida State is ranked 23rd. At the moment, the Hurricanes have only one ranked opponent remaining on their schedule, the No. 17 Virginia Tech Hokies on Thursday, Oct. 20. Four of their final seven games are on the road, featuring a matchup with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Saturday, Oct. 29.