We still don’t have an update on when the NCAA will issue its ruling on whether or not Shea Patterson will be eligible for Michigan football in the fall after his transfer from Ole Miss, but his lawyer sounded optimistic about the case in an interview with ESPN.
Patterson’s attorney filed a waiver request on behalf of multiple Ole Miss transfers to allow those players to forgo the usual requirement for transfers to sit their first season at new schools. The NCAA has asked for more information on Patterson’s case, and his lawyer says that’s a good sign.
“I’m encouraged by this particular request,” Thomas Mars told ESPN’s Dan Murphy. “From my perspective, the questions Shea’s case manager asked are the right ones to be asking.”
The transfer quarterback has submitted his request for immediate eligibility to the NCAA. Now he’s just waiting to hear back. While he waits, his teammates offer some praise for the former 5-star recruit’s skills in spring practice:
Several of the Wolverines praised Patterson on Tuesday for his athleticism, his mobility and his ability to work behind center, and his willingness to leave the pocket. They’ve also noticed his confidence, which is another necessity for a quarterback.
If Patterson becomes Michigan’s starting quarterback, he’ll provide a spark to an offense that sputtered at times in 2017.
Patterson is already challenging one of the nation’s top defenses in practices. That worries defensive end Rashan Gary. It also gives the coaching staff more to work with, in an offense that finished ninth in the Big Ten last season (348.9 yards per game) after finishing fourth in 2015 (395.9) and 2016 (424.9).
“I’ve got to watch how we contain him,” Gary said of Patterson. “Having him around changes the offense a little bit.”