When Michigan added junior quarterback Shea Patterson as a transfer from Ole Miss, the entire nation took notice.
Opposing coaches, players and fanbases fear him, as the move made Michigan “a different football team.”
Michigan junior defensive end Rashan Gary, on the other hand, goes up against Patterson on a day-to-day basis in practice. He admits something special is happening at the quarterback position.
“He can do everything you want him to do,” Gary said. “He expands plays, so you have to watch the rush lanes and can throw the deep ball. Playing against him is going up against a quarterback who can do anything – run the ball, throw the ball.
“He’s everything you need in one.”
Stepping in as a freshman at Ole Miss, Patterson played the last three game of the season when starter Chad Kelly went down with a season-ending injury. The next year, it was Patterson that could only make it through seven games before losing his season to injury.
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound quarterback has played 10 college games, completing 238-of-392 passes for 3,139 yards, 23 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He’s added 88 carries for 158 yards and one score on the ground.
Patterson’s ability to run and throw the ball allows him to bust open the defense from time-to-time, but Gary isn’t going to say the new Wolverine is too much to handle.
“We contain him. He busts plays a little bit, so it’s a good battle,” Gary said. “But we hold our defense to a high standard, so I’m not going to say that he’s running all over our defense and stuff like that.”
Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown and running backs coach Jay Harbaugh spoke with WolverinesWire’s Isaiah Hole regarding Patterson.
“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.”