Shea Patterson: Michigan is “in my blood”, reveals an interesting prediction


Shea Patterson

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Quarterback Shea Patterson made his intentions clear the other day in terms of where he’ll write the next chapter of his collegiate career.

In Ann Arbor with the Michigan Wolverines.

Unwilling to stay with Ole Miss who’s facing a two-bowl ban announced on Twitter that he’ll indeed look to transfer to Michigan for the 2018 season with an NCAA waiver making him eligible for next season being the only hurdle holding him up.

Patterson later added that he had Michigan “in his blood” after growing up a Wolverines fan in Toledo.

Via the Toledo Blade

“Michigan’s always been in my blood, especially growing up in Toledo,” Patterson said. “I was a huge Michigan fan. My parents were and a lot of my relatives still are season-ticket holders. That really drew me to it.”

Blood aside, what may be even more intriguing regarding Patterson’s assumed move to Michigan is who he may bring with him. In addition to himself, Patterson also made mention that other Ole Miss players would likely follow him to Ann Arbor given the Rebels’ precarious situation the next couple of seasons.

Via Land of 10:

When asked if he would be the only Ole Miss player on Michigan’s roster by the end of the week, Patterson responded, “That’s doubtful.”

This is likely in reference to Ole Miss sophomore wide receiver Van Jefferson and redshirt freshman safety Deontay Anderson, as the two of them joined Patterson on a visit to Michigan on Saturday.

In any sense, the addition of Patterson to the Michigan quarterback competition should alleviate the anxiety surrounding the thought of having to go with a still inexperienced Brandon Peters.

Patterson is a legit pro-style QB who shows good mobility within the pocket, has an accurate arm and certainly capable of making a big play, something the Wolverines were missing especially last season. In seven games with the Rebels in 2017, Patterson averaged 13.6 yards per pass while averaging 313.9 yards passing in 10 games over the last two seasons.

Season Games Yards Passing TDs INTs
2017 7 2,259 166-260 17 9
2016 3 880 72-132 6 3
Graph via Land of 10

In terms of Patterson’s NFL Draft prospectus, Walterfootball.com has the new Michigan QB slatted as a first round selection in 2019 which should offer a bit of motivation for the former five-star recruit to continue and play at a high level.

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