A Former SEC Star Has Been Named Michigan’s Starting QB. Can He Win Them The Big Ten?

David Hookstead | Reporter

Shea Patterson will be the starting quarterback for the Michigan Wolverines when they begin the season.

ESPN’s Dan Murphy reported late Monday afternoon:

Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson will be the team’s starter against Notre Dame in its season opener, head coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday.

Patterson was considered a frontrunner to take over the job since he transferred from Ole Miss last December. Harbaugh announced that Patterson had won the job at a speaking event in Ann Arbor Monday morning, and football spokesman Dave Ablauf confirmed the decision Monday afternoon.

This was an obvious move for Harbaugh. Prior to his PCL tear when he was slinging it for Ole Miss last season, he was one of the most exciting quarterbacks in all of America. I actually took the opportunity to head down to watch him at Oxford, and was at the game when he got hurt against LSU. (RELATED: THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL WORLD SHOULD FEAR WISCONSIN FOR ONE SIMPLE REASON)

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It was obvious that Patterson was a special kind of quarterback. He’s the kind of talent Harbaugh has desperately needed under center, but has never been able to get so far during his tenure with the Wolverines.

Will he be good enough to finally bring a Big Ten championship to Ann Arbor under Harbaugh? I don’t know, but he’s without question the best shot they’ve ever had under the past few years. (RELATEDSEC FANS DON’T LIKE TO USE FACTS WHEN DISCUSSING COLLEGE FOOTBALL)

When I watch Patterson, I see a less refined poor man’s version of Johnny Manziel. Even a poor man’s version of Manziel is still extremely good. Patterson has all the speed in the world, he’s got the arm, he’s shifty, elusive and is exciting has hell to watch when he’s out there making plays with his feet.

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As a Wisconsin fan, I have no doubt we’re still going to beat Michigan, but it certainly gets harder with Patterson under center.

P.S.: It’s always great to see a guy graduate from the J.V. level football of the SEC into the big boy ball of the Big Ten. We’re happy to have him.

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