Is Shea Patterson the answer to all of Michigan’s problems?
We may very well find out in 2018. Jim Harbaugh’s newest quarterback could be the Wolverines’ leader this fall having been deemed eligible by the NCAA last month after transferring from Ole Miss.
And if he is indeed the team’s leader, the former No. 1 quarterback recruit in the country just has to put together a few big performances to get noticed. And if Patterson gets noticed enough — say for example, he has a huge game and beats Ohio State — the thought of him being a Heisman Trophy contender may not be that ridiculous.
According to NFL.com, they don’t think it’s ridiculous at all. The site’s Chase Goodbread on Tuesday ranked Patterson No. 3 in his list of 18 top Heisman Trophy candidates.
Here’s what he wrote about Patterson:
“When the NCAA officially cleared Patterson for immediate eligibility a few weeks ago, following a transfer from Ole Miss, his Heisman candidacy was cleared for takeoff, as well. In Patterson, coach Jim Harbaugh has a creative improviser at quarterback for the first time since he took over at UM. Patterson averaged more than 300 passing yards per game in seven contests last year for the Rebels before he suffered a season-ending knee injury. Much of that production came outside the pocket, making big plays out of broken ones.”
Again, Patterson could have huge opportunities to showcase his talent. Michigan is scheduled to travel and play Notre Dame, Michigan State and Ohio State this season. The Wolverines also have a game at home against Penn State.
The opportunities are there. Now it’s just time for Patterson to seize the moment.