The Michigan offense is getting revamped heading into the 2019 season with new offensive coordinator Josh Gattis adding a ton of new schematics.
Part of what the new offense calls for is more aggressiveness, more spread formation looks, and more opportunities for quarterback Shea Patterson to let it rip.
This bodes well for Patterson, as he still made a fair amount of big time plays in 2018.
According to Pro Football Focus, out of all returning Big Ten quarterbacks, Patterson leads the pack with 22 big-time throws in 2018.
Shea Patterson made the most of his year at Michigan by making a lot of #bigtimethrows. pic.twitter.com/sEqYlompvL— PFF College (@PFF_College) June 28, 2019
If you’re a Michigan fan, there’s one throw in particular you probably remember that is surely one included in Patterson’s 22 big-timers.
October 20th, 2018: Shea Patterson throws a 79-yard TD to Donovan Peoples-Jones to put the Wolverines ahead of Sparty. DPJ does the Paul Bunyan pose in the endzone. pic.twitter.com/rwwALIFGEj— Michigan Moments (@UofMMoments) October 21, 2018
This bomb in wet conditions changed the momentum in East Lansing and propelled Michigan to victory over Michigan State.
A tweet by Gattis last week indicates he wants to see a lot more explosiveness out of Patterson this upcoming season.
2018 Efficient ✔️— Josh Gattis (@Coach_Gattis) June 17, 2019
2019 Explosive ...... ! #gOBlue〽️ https://t.co/zLnkKMhMJH
If Patterson stays healthy, he should easily surpass the fine numbers he put up in 2018. Last season Patterson had a 64.6% completion percentage, passed for 2,600 yards with 22 TD’s and 7 INT’s along with 273 yards rushing and 2 scores.