And like that, Michigan has a starting quarterback.
Per Detroit News’ Angelique Chengelis, at the University of Michigan Alumni Association Ann Arbor club’s luncheon on Monday, head coach Jim Harbaugh made an appearance and proclaimed that Shea Patterson would indeed be the starter for the Wolverines on Sept. 1 at Notre Dame.
Harbaugh had said last week that he had hoped to name a starting quarterback “sooner, rather than later,” but also said that the QB competition was making all of the signal callers better.
“That position has been very competitive, probably our most competitive position battles going on,” Harbaugh said last Monday. “And like I said, none of them have given in. None of them have dropped off. It rages on.”
As far as how Patterson, who’s thrown for more than 3,000 yards in 10 games with Ole Miss, has progressed since joining the Wolverines, Harbaugh says he’s come a long way since January.
“He’s really having a grasp of the offense, number one,” Harbaugh said. “That’s the biggest thing. The time on task of really learning the nuances of the offense is greatly improved since the spring.”
Now the Wolverines will move forward, with focus turning to Notre Dame in earnest next Monday, with this being the final week of fall camp.