ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Shea Patterson’s eligibility for the 2018 football season at Michigan remains to be determined.
Patterson, a quarterback, enrolled in classes at Michigan for the spring semester after spending three semesters at Ole Miss. Patterson intends to petition the NCAA for immediate eligibility for the 2018 football season. He would have to sit out a season because of transfer rules if the NCAA does not grant him immediate eligibility for 2018.
Patterson’s lawyer, Thomas A. Mars, told Land of 10 in an email Wednesday that Michigan has not yet submitted Patterson’s request for a waiver that would grant him eligibility.
“It’s a time-consuming process for Michigan to prepare the full package of documents that will go to Indianapolis,” Mars wrote.
Mars wrote that he anticipated the NCAA would determine Patterson’s eligibility in late February, but the process could take longer.
In an email to Land of 10 on Wednesday, a Michigan athletic department spokesman did not comment on Patterson’s eligibility waiver, and said the athletic department would release any update on Patterson’s NCAA waiver and eligibility.
WalterFootball.com projects Patterson as a first-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Patterson averaged 313.9 yards passing in 10 games in 2016 and 2017 at Ole Miss. He passed for at least 350 yards in five of his seven starts with the Rebels, but he missed the final five games of the season with a torn ligament in his right knee, sustained Oct. 21 in a loss to LSU.
Patterson is the third quarterback to transfer to Michigan in Jim Harbaugh’s three years as head coach. Jake Rudock joined the Wolverines from Iowa as a graduate transfer in spring 2015. John O’Korn also joined the Wolverines in spring 2015 after two years at Houston.