While the quarterbacks at Michigan may think there is a four-way race for the starting role, the Michigan fan base would like to think otherwise.
Since the arrival of transfer Shea Patterson, the hype around the Wolverines is truly beginning to snowball, and even more so with defensive maestro Don Brown showing his respect for Patterson’s development through spring and fall camp.
Experience will be a key factor for Michigan’s September 1 trip to South Bend for a clash with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, a team who is currently projected by ESPN to make a run into the No. 4 seed of the College Football Playoff.
Although he has started just 10 SEC games in his career, Patterson has seen a big stage like this before. Ultimately, that will be key in seeing the Wolverines come home with a win.
“He’s been in the soup at high levels so I think that gives him general respect,” said Brown. “But the way he goes about doing it, he’s certainly earned my respect. He came in and talked coverage today with the boss, so, he’s just a great kid and I’m excited to see him play against other people,”
“He’s a veteran guy, a confident guy. He has the ability to do things with his legs and he’s got a quick release,” Brown added. “I just like the guy. I just like him. He’s a good guy, confident guy as I said and a very good athlete. So when you couple the ability to throw and maneuver and move around as an athlete, it’s a good thing.”
“You could tell he’s put in the work through May, June, July and until now,” said Harbaugh, son of head coach Jim. “He’s improved his command of things, his understanding of where different outlets are for the ball. Formations, run game, all that stuff. But the same can be said for all the other quarterbacks, too.”
While Patterson has proved nothing yet in a winged helmet, it is reassuring to know that he has been making drastic strides in becoming the missing piece to what seemed to be an unsolvable puzzle.