High school coach of Gators' Patchan says bullet remains lodged in shoulder

Updated: May 12, 2008, 4:45 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

TAMPA, Fla. -- University of Florida defensive lineman Matt Patchan is recovering after being shot in the shoulder while at a Tampa-area park.

Florida coach Urban Meyer said in a statement issued Monday that Patchan is expected to fully recover. Patchan, who was shot Friday night at Sadie Park in Brandon, sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

The 6-foot-7, 265-pound Patchan enrolled early at Florida in January after graduating from high school.

Patchan's high school coach, Sean Callahan, said the former offensive lineman told him that "he's fine."

"I don't know what he was doing there or why they were there," Callahan, of Armwood High School in Seffner, Fla., told the St. Petersburg Times. "I don't know all the details. I just know he went to the Brandon hospital. They left [the bullet] in. It's not serious. It's in the soft tissue."

The coach told the newspaper that Patchan is back in Gainesville and is expected to visit doctors at Shands Hospital on Monday.

Reached by phone Monday morning by the St. Petersburg Times, Patchan declined to comment.

"I've gotta go, I can't talk about it,'' Patchan said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.