GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Prior to his senior season, Gators receiver Solomon Patton was known primarily as a good special-teams player and an option in the run game.
Patton quickly found a spot in first-year offensive coordinator Brent Pease's plans a year ago. He was the jet sweep guy.
To keep opposing defensive coordinators guessing, Pease dialed up Patton's No. 83 often last season on quick end-around runs. They worked. The 5-foot-9 Patton rushed for 140 yards on 14 carries, an average of a first down each time he took a handoff.
Patton wanted a bigger role.
His 2012 season ended when he suffered a broken arm against Georgia. Once the arm healed Patton returned to the offseason workouts on a mission.
"I didn't miss a day working out," he said. "My mindset was to get better every day. Even when we didn't have workouts, I was up here working out. When we had chances to go home, I just stayed in town and came up here and worked out, ran routes, did footwork, and just stuff to get m...