What’s been expected has now transpired. Transfer seeking Ole Miss quarterback Shea Patterson has decided to take his talents to Ann Arbor and play for the Michigan Wolverines. Patterson’s visit must have went well, as he’s been in town since Friday and has culminated with the news he’ll be wearing maize and blue from here on out.
On Saturday Patterson attended Michigan basketball’s overtime victory against UCLA, where the crowd chanted “We want Shea! We want Shea!” The fans have now received what they wanted.
It was an event filled weekend in Ann Arbor for Patterson. He attended the basketball game, threw snowballs on the field at the Big House, hung out with John O’Korn and had some late night fun, and got to try on a Wolverines helmet. And that’s just what we know about his visit, as Patterson likely had lots of time spent being shown the campus/team facilities and getting introduced to coaches.
Patterson brings a multi-faceted skill-set to the table, as he’s an elusive scrambler and has pop in his arm. Gunslinger is an appropriate word to describe the type of quarterback Patterson is at this point in his career. Jim Harbaugh will be coaching up the highly touted former No. 1 quarterback prospect.
In 2017, Patterson threw for 2,259 yards, 17 touchdowns and 9 interceptions while completing 63.8% of his passes. His season was cut short due to a PCL knee injury, missing the final four games of the season.
It remains to be seen if Patterson will be eligible to play in 2018, but sources in the know have told Maize N Brew his chances of winning an appeal are very good.
If Patterson does play next season, he will be a junior. However, no player is given a guarantee they will start by Jim Harbaugh, it must be earned through competition. Brandon Peters and Dylan McCaffrey will be vying with all their might to be Michigan’s starter.
Get ready for a healthy competition during spring practices. Maybe the starter will emerge then, or maybe it will go down to the wire without anyone knowing who won the job until kickoff week one versus Notre Dame.