ANN ARBOR, Mich. — It’s official: Shea Patterson will join the Michigan football team for the 2018 season.
Patterson announced his intention to transfer Monday, after two seasons at Ole Miss. He is immediately eligible to transfer, following reports last week that Ole Miss has removed transfer limitations on players after the NCAA levied sanctions Dec. 1 against the Rebels football program. However, Patterson’s immediate eligibility is unclear, as the NCAA would need to grant a waiver allowing his transfer without penalty.
Here are five things to know about Patterson:
Great Lakes connection
Patterson was born in Toledo, Ohio, and lived there until he was in the fourth grade. Toledo is about an hour south of Ann Arbor, Mich., and is fertile ground for Michigan alumni and for Michigan fans — including Patterson’s family, which held football season tickets to the Wolverines games.
“We had season tickets to Michigan,” Sean Patterson, Shea’s father, told SEC Country in April. “I thought he was always going to Michigan, or Notre Dame. It just wasn’t a real good time with the coaching changes at Michigan. He got offered by both places. Didn’t feel comfortable.”
Shea Patterson’s grandfather, George Patterson, played college basketball at the University of Toledo from 1958 to 1961. He played professionally for the NBA’s Detroit Pistons and Milwaukee Bucks, and he also played for the Pittsburgh Rens of the American Basketball Association. George Patterson also spent a year touring with the Harlem Globetrotters as a member of the opposing Washington Generals.
George Patterson also taught and coached, and is enshrined in the University of Toledo Athletic Hall of Fame.
Been around the world
Shea Patterson is well-traveled.
He was the starting quarterback at Hidalgo (Texas) High School as a freshman in 2012. While at Hidalgo — a school on the border of Mexico — he committed to the Arizona football team in the winter of his freshman year. He threw for 1,386 yards and 18 touchdowns and rushed for 414 yards and 4 touchdowns and helped Hidalgo to a district championship.
Patterson spent his sophomore and junior years at Calvary Baptist Academy in Shreveport, La., then transferred to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., for his senior year. One of his teammates at IMG was Michigan offensive lineman Cesar Ruiz.
Keep it in the family
Patterson’s older brother, Sean, was a quarterback at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh from 2009 to 2012, and was a senior player personnel analyst/associate director for recruiting operations at Ole Miss. Prior to his stint at Ole Miss, Sean Patterson worked in offensive quality control at LSU.
No word on whether he’ll join Jim Harbaugh’s staff at Michigan.
Patterson’s younger brother, Nick, is a sophomore in high school and a tight end at St. Stanislaus in Bay St. Louis, Miss.
Into the fire
Patterson became Ole Miss’ starting quarterback as a freshman in November 2016 when he replaced Chad Kelly, who tore an ACL. In three games in 2016, Patterson threw for 880 yards, 6 touchdowns and 3 interceptions on 72-for-132 passing.
In seven games as a sophomore, Patterson threw for 2,259 yards, 17 touchdowns and 9 interceptions on 166-for-260 passing. Patterson sustained a season-ending torn posterior cruciate ligament on Oct. 21, in a 40-24 loss to LSU.