A Michigan Defensive View on Shea Patterson

A Michigan Defensive View on Shea Patterson

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A Michigan Defensive View on Shea Patterson

ANN ARBOR, Mich — It’s no secret: Michigan needs to be better on offense than a year ago if the Wolverines want to contend in 2018.

And if there’s anyone rooting for that outcome the hardest, it’s probably not the coaches or the fans — it’s the Michigan defense.

The Wolverines defense was the third-best in the country in 2017, despite having one of the nation’s youngest teams, and despite being on the field quite often. But, if Michigan is to win games, the offense has to hold up its end of the bargain.

And, as far as fifth-year SAM linebacker Noah Furbush has seen in fall camp, the maize and blue offense is doing just that — and making the defense even better in the process.

“Absolutely, the offense across the board is getting better,” Furbush said. “Them getting better makes us better on the defense. Iron sharpens iron.”

Of course, there have been some incredible changes on the offensive side of the ball starting with new offensive line coach Ed Warinner joining the team, to former five-star quarterback Shea Patterson transferring from Ole Miss.

The OL and the QB positions are going to be the most visible for the Wolverines in 2018, given the difficulties the team faced last season.

But, should the OL break down and let defenders into the backfield, not only can Patterson still make big throws, he can hurt defenses with his legs.

“He can really do it all,” Furbush said. “He’s really doing a good job making a lot of plays for us.”

But, what makes Patterson stand apart?

Furbush says that it’s a weird proposition to analyze just how good he might be, given that, during camp, it’s the defense’s job to make him look foolish.

However, as Furbush notes, that’s not been the case.

“He’s a playmaker,” Furbush said. “It’s something, kind of a guy we haven’t seen before. He’s really doing some amazing things at practice. You really hate to see it, from a defensive-end, defending him, but at the same time, you love to see it. It’s really good to see.”

Fellow SAM linebacker Josh Uche takes it a step further, praising Shea Patterson’s leadership skills.

And while the fans might be taking something of a wait-and-see approach, Uche urges them to do just that — wait and see.

“He just brings an energy that hypes everyone up,” Uche said. “He can extend plays. He’s a leader, and you’ll see. That’s all I’m gonna say about that. You’ll see about him.

“Like I said, you’ll see! Just wait until September 1st!”

Patterson will be under center for Michigan as the starting quarterback in the Wolverines Week One contest at Notre Dame. Kickoff is slated for 7:30PM.

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