Who’s going to win Michigan’s starting quarterback job for this fall?
Well, no one knows for sure yet. But Pep Hamilton — the Wolverines passing game coordinator — knows the QB position well. And he knows who can sling it.
When talking about Shea Patterson — a transfer from Ole Miss — Hamilton gave him quite the praise.
“He’s a playmaker,” Hamilton said. “If you watched any of his film, it’s obvious that he can extend plays with his legs and he can make all the throws.”
Being a playmaker at the QB position in college football is nothing new. After all, QB recruits coming out of high school are deemed as either pro-style or dual-threat. To be able to use your legs is a luxury, but it’s not a rarity nowadays.
What’s more interesting is that Hamilton said Patterson can make all the throws. That may be what separates him if he does become eligible after transferring from Ole Miss in December.
Patterson’s eligibility is still a question mark, but according to Hamilton, Patterson isn’t necessarily behind the other QBs he’d be competing against for the starting job even though he has been in the program for only a brief time.
“All the guys are getting equal reps,” Hamilton said Sunday. “If, in fact, he’s cleared, then he’ll be up to speed as far as being able to manage the offense.”
What it sounds like is that Patterson is winning over Hamilton. And if Patterson is eligible, it may be his job to lose.
Last season with the Rebels, Patterson completed 63.8 percent of his passes for 2,259 yards, 17 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. He also ran for a score.
Coming out of high school, the 6-foot-2 signal caller was ranked as a 5-star prospect and the No. 4 overall player in the Class of 2016 by 247Sports.
The Wolverines begin their 2018 regular season on Sept. 1, when they play at Notre Dame.