How Shea Patterson is Impressing Early in Fall Camp

How Shea Patterson is Impressing Early in Fall Camp

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How Shea Patterson is Impressing Early in Fall Camp

With the Michigan football season only 24 days away, fans of the maize and blue eagerly await the Wolverines taking the field against Notre Dame, but just as much so, they away the U-M debut of signal caller Shea Patterson.

A former five-star, and top-rated pro-style quarterback in the 2016 recruiting class per 247Sports, many mistake Patterson as a true dual threat due to his increased mobility in Ole Miss’ air raid-based system.

While he can definitely hurt a team with his legs, he’s got a lot more going for him than that, as many analysts like FOX Sports’ Joel Klatt can tell you, when we at WolverinesWire spoke to him exclusively last month.

But now, Patterson has the toughest challenge ahead of him: winning the starting job at the quarterback position for the Michigan football team.

With fall camp having started on Friday, the Wolverines are only a few practices in. And while quarterback isn’t his position group, running backs coach Jay Harbaugh says that Patterson’s improvement from spring until now is very apparent.

“You can tell he put in the work,” Harbaugh said. “May-June-July until now – he definitely has improved his command of things, his understanding of where his different outlets are for the ball, formations, run game, all that stuff.”

But Patterson got even more glowing reviews and projections from arguably a more prominent voice — Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown.

Since Brown arrived in Ann Arbor in 2016, he’s fielded the nation’s top defense and third-rated defense in consecutive years. Obviously speaking — he knows a little something about limiting or outright stopping a quarterback.

On Wednesday, he said that he’s impressed with not only the physical traits that Patterson has, but also his approach to the game in and of itself.

“He’s a veteran guy, he’s a confident guy,” Brown said. “He has the ability to do things with his legs. He’s got a quick release. I just like the guy. I just like him. He’s a good guy. He’s a confident guy, like I said, and a very good athlete.

“When you couple the ability to throw, the ability to maneuver and move around as an athlete, and a guy that has experience now – that piece gets overlooked. ‘This guy’s a good player, let him play. Why isn’t he playing good?’ Why don’t you give him a chance to breathe, and let him play good? How about that? Sometimes I think that we forget about that.

“But this guy has played. He’s played a lot. And he’s been in the soup – at high levels. I think that gives him general respect, 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, you know, he’s just a great kid. I’m excited to see him play against other people.”

Should Shea Patterson win the starting job for Michigan this season, as anticipated, expectations for the Wolverines assuredly will rise, as the maize and blue have an elite defense and are looking for an offense to match.

But fans won’t have to wait long, with Michigan taking on Notre Dame in South Bend at 7:30PM on September 1.

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