Big, big, BIG news for Michigan. Harbaugh finally having himself a potentially great QB at Michigan should cause a lot of excitement for Michigan fans. Maybe this will finally push Harbaugh over the elusive third in the Big Ten West hump that all coaches struggle with.
All jokes aside, Shea Patterson is very good. Over 10 games throughout the last two seasons, Patterson has 3,139 passing yards, 23 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. If you compare that to John O’Korn, Brandon Peters and Wilton Speight in the 2017 season, Patterson outgains them by 1,096 yards and 14 touchdowns in two fewer games.
Imagine trading this:
The Johnny Manziel comparison for Patterson is a bit of a reach, but he is a mobile quarterback who can sling the ball around with the best of them. If there is a comparison for Patterson it’s Russell Wilson.
A lot can happen between now and September 1st, 2018, but Michigan is looking to be 1b with Ohio State 1a in the 2018 Big Ten West. Michigan has a schedule next season with Notre Dame, Michigan State, and Ohio State on the road along with Wisconsin and Penn State at home, so if Patterson does start he will have a challenge on his hand.
Wilton Speight is transferring and John O’Korn will graduate, so Patterson will likely compete for the starting QB against rising sophomore Brandon Peters, redshirt freshman Dylan McCaffrey (Christian’s brother), incoming true freshman Joe Milton (4-star) and Kevin Doyle (3-star). That competition depends on all those players not transferring/committing somewhere else and Shea Patterson receiving an eligibility waiver:
The thought is that Patterson will receive said waiver. If so, he will be a junior at Michigan, with two years of eligibility left to play with Harbaugh.