It’s rare when a first-year college football coach has an NFL-caliber left tackle with a Southeastern Conference pedigree just fall out of the sky and land in his lap.
But that’s precisely what Boston College coach Steve Addazio has in Matt Patchan, whom Addazio initially recruited to the University of Florida in 2008. Patchan decided to transfer to BC to play for his old position coach after graduating over the winter from Florida, where Patchan played with Tim Tebow and, yes, Aaron Hernandez.
After sitting out Florida’s 2012 season because of a torn pectoral muscle, Patchan was given a reprieve on his college career when he was granted a sixth year of eligibility. He opted to transfer to BC to be reunited with Addazio, who recruited Patchan out of Armwood High in Seffner, Fla., where he was a blue-chip prospect and a USA Today first-team All-American. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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