Shea Patterson's arrival in Ann Arbor could mean big things for MI if he is able to play right away.
The Rebels' star quarterback Shea Patterson announced Monday he is jumping ship and transferring to the University of MI to play under head coach Jim Harbaugh. Showing signs of the college version of Johnny Manziel during his brief IMG Academy stay, Patterson, who is from Shreveport, La., was a hot commodity as the No. 1-rated pro-style quarterback in the country. Patterson, a rising junior, would have get a waiver from the NCAA to play next year. He also commented that Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh "poached" Patterson.
If Patterson is eligible to play in 2018, will MI finally have a chance to defeat Ohio State?
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Patterson threw for 2,259 yards and 17 touchdowns last season.
There was a lot of hype surrounding Patterson when he came to Ole Miss. He missed the final five games of the Rebels' 2017 season after tearing his right PCL against LSU. Ole Miss went 1-2 in those games. Ole Miss was 3-4 when Patterson suffered the knee injury. Patterson threw for 880 yards and six touchdowns as a true freshman in 2016.
Patterson was on campus last weekend along with Anderson and Ole Miss receiver Van Jefferson. And the school obliged, allowing Patterson, coming off his sophomore season, the opportunity to engage in talks with MI. Many have been asked over the past week for their thoughts on Harbaugh's decision to entertain transfers.
Peters is the only returning quarterback who has seen notable playing time. "I don't think anyone feels threatened".