MOBILE, Ala. — It is unknown whether the NCAA will grant Shea Patterson immediate eligibility at Michigan, but a former Ole Miss teammate believes the Wolverines will get a huge addition if he’s allowed to play in 2018.
Speaking at the Senior Bowl, Ole Miss linebacker Marquis Haynes said Patterson won over his teammates with the way he approached his job.
“Just the way he carries himself,” Haynes said. “It’s not every day you see a quarterback who stays in the film room and jotting down the smallest details that some quarterbacks might miss. He’s one of a kind.”
Patterson started seven games at Ole Miss as a sophomore in 2017 before sustaining a season-ending right knee injury at LSU. During that time, he threw for 17 touchdowns and completed 63.8 percent of his passes.
Ole Miss imposed a bowl ban for 2017 but was hit with a bowl ban for 2018 and scholarship reductions by the NCAA in December, leading to Patterson’s decision to transfer to Michigan.
As a 5-star recruit in the Class of 2016, Patterson arrived in Oxford with plenty of fanfare. He was the No. 1 quarterback and No. 4 overall recruit in the 247Sports composite rankings. He sat behind Chad Kelly for much of his first season at Ole Miss, but a right knee injury sustained by Kelly forced Ole Miss to pull Patterson’s redshirt and start him against No. 8 Texas A&M on Nov. 12.
Despite some early wobbles, Patterson led the Rebels to a 29-28 upset of the eighth-ranked Aggies despite Ole Miss entering the fourth quarter trailing 21-6. His final line for the road win: 25 of 42 for 338 yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception. He also rushed for 64 yards.
Haynes identified that performance as arguably Patterson’s most impressive during his Ole Miss career given the circumstances.
“He didn’t even know he was going to go in,” Haynes said. “But as soon as he went in, I went up to him and said, ‘Just do what you know how to do, just ball.’ And that’s what he did.”
Though he’s known primarily for his big arm, Patterson at times showed an ability to run. He finished with 169 rushing yards during his three games in 2016, which could give Michigan an added dimension on offense.
“He could be a good dual threat for them,” Haynes said. “It’s been a while since they’ve had a good dual-threat quarterback, but Shea’s one of them.”