The Temple Owls lost a relatively decent tight end. Kip Patton announced on social media that he is leaving the program to join the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles.
“Tonight I will be heading to Tennessee Tech University to start a new chapter,” Patton said on Instagram. “Temple will be missed, and I know my brothers are gonna do their thing this season! I’m going back down south…Time to Ball Out ????”
This was actually a one swoop announcement. Generally, players announce they are transfers, then sometime down the road the as to where is made public. While there’s absolutely nothing wrong in what he did, it is just a rarity to see a double-announcement as far as transferring and committing taking place at the exact same time.
Tennessee Tech plays at the FCS level. This is good news for Patton, who will be a redshirt sophomore in 2016, as the NCAA rules allow him to be eligible to play immediately this season since he is technically transferring down a tier.
Not exactly a dynamic player or anything, last season with the Owls, Patton was seventh on the team in receptions (13) and sixth in yards (169). While those numbers don’t appear all that impressive on the surface, both of those totals were the best among Temple tight ends.
For what it is worth, Patton was only a two-star recruit coming out of high school. He is a Norristown, Pennsylvania native, so the move to Tennessee is going to be a bit of a trek for the young tight end.