ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Saturday was supposed to be the day the Wolverines would unveil quarterback Shea Patterson, less than four months after his transfer from Ole Miss.
This presumably was the only chance until Michigan’s season opener Sept. 1 at Notre Dame that fans could watch Patterson perform in Michigan’s offense. Instead, those plans were washed out when Michigan announced Wednesday that it has cancelled the spring game due to the threat of inclement weather in southeast Michigan.
Patterson could have showcased his swagger to the Wolverines faithful on Saturday, and show why he’s deserving of being Michigan’s starting quarterback. It should be noted that Patterson has yet to gain clearance from the NCAA to play in 2018. If his waiver request is denied, fans may not see Patterson behind center until 2019.
The spring game was an opportunity for him to show fans how much control he has over the offense. His teammates praise his athleticism, mobility and his willingness to leave the pocket. His confidence helps, too.
Patterson threw for 3,139 yards and 23 touchdowns in 10 games at Ole Miss.
With the addition of Patterson to the spring roster, there also was the possibility of seeing more RPO (run-pass option) in the Wolverines offense. The RPO puts the play call in the hands of the quarterback, who can quickly read a defense and go with the best play.
This is Patterson’s forte. It would have been fun to watch, even in a situational scrimmage.
The spring game was going to be a measuring stick for more than just Patterson. What happens if Patterson is ruled ineligible? How do Brandon Peters, Dylan McCaffrey and Joe Milton look at quarterback? Have the wide receivers made gains from a subpar 2017 season? Also, there will be no way to grade the offensive line, a unit that struggled last season.
How much has each facet of the program improved since the Wolverines’ season ended Jan. 1 with a 26-19 loss to South Carolina in the Outback Bowl? We’ll have to wait to find out.
Michigan will practice Saturday, and there are no plans to reschedule the spring game. But that’s OK. It’ll just make the season opener Sept. 1 that much more exciting.
We do all this work for no spring game? 🤦🏽♂️
— Devin Bush ll (@_Dbush11) April 11, 2018