Thanks to a shortened week due to the holiday, we are already mid-week and another day closer to the second weekend of college football action in full. There’s lot to discuss here today, so let’s get right into it.
Patterson’s injury reportedly occurred on first play of opener
Many of us thought that Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson suffered a minor injury towards the end of the first half of the opener against MTSU after what looked like a shot to the ribs on a sack. But one report suggests that it occurred much earlier than that, as in the first play of the game.
Bleacher Report draft analyst Matt Miller said on Tuesday night that a source informed him Patterson’s ailment happened on the first play of the game, which ended in a Michigan fumble.
Sources tell me Michigan’s Shea Patterson was hurt on the first play of the game against MTSU and should be ready to go “full force” this week. Couldn’t use lower body throughout the game, but should be ready to go barring any setbacks.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) September 4, 2019
If this is the case, he did not show much of it until the shot late in the half. Patterson was mostly accurate on the night and played well, all things considered. There’s nothing that suggests he will not be totally fine for the Army game on Saturday, but an interesting wrinkle from Miller nonetheless.
Latest Heisman odds
Speaking of Patterson, the latest batch of Heisman odds are out, not that it means much of anything this early in the season. After his 203-yard, three touchdown performance, Patterson’s odds actually rose from 28/1 up to 25/1, but is still behind many of the bigger names in college football.
The Wolverines do not need him to be a Heisman candidate, but he could certainly play himself into that race if everything goes well. For now, we will take a week of improvement and sharper play from everyone on the team.
Jess Speight earns full-ride scholarship
Michigan lineman Jess Speight, who is the brother of former quarterback Wilton Speight, has been with the program since the 2017 season when he joined as a walk-on. It appears he is now on a scholarship, according to an Instagram post from his older brother.
Speight has been an important member of the scout team during game prep for the Wolverines and made his debut for the 2019 season on Saturday when he played on defense in the 40-21 win. He has also spent time on special teams in his career.
- A truck has been spotted driving around Atlanta displaying the Georgia State upset of Tennessee, which is both peak awesome and peak petty.
- Former Michigan defensive tackle Bryan Mone made the 53-man roster of the Seattle Seahawks over the weekend and is the only undrafted free agent to make their team for the start of the regular season. They see him a ssomeone who can contribute in a run-stuffing role.
- Notre Dame QB Ian Book threw an errant pass in Monday night’s game against Louisville that hit a member of the dance team and broke her nose. Seriously.
- HBO Sports and NFL Films are teaming up to do a special on Bill Belichick and Nick Saban and it looks awesome. You can catch the teaser trailer here.