Tarik Black on Shea Patterson: 'He Brings Some Intensity to the Offense'

Tarik Black on Shea Patterson: 'He Brings Some Intensity to the Offense'

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Tarik Black on Shea Patterson: 'He Brings Some Intensity to the Offense'

ANN ARBOR, Mich — Unlike pretty much any other time in his career, save for few exceptions, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh announced his starting quarterback more than a week before the season opener.

As anticipated, Shea Patterson will be the man under center as the Wolverines take on the Fighting Irish on Sept. 1, and thus all of the preparation for the Michigan offense revolves around him, his skill set, and how he can interact with the talented group of wideouts.

As far as knowing who will be throwing him the ball is concerned, while second-year wide receiver Tarik Black has full confidence in Michigan’s full roster of quarterbacks, he is happy to know that, going forward, he can formulate a bond with one, knowing that he’ll be the one slinging the rock.

“I think it helps, because you just want to just get us that QB in so you can just bond with that QB and not have to work on timing with two different quarterbacks,” Black said. “You don’t know which one is going to go in at what time. It’s just good to have that set quarterback so that we know who’s throwing us the ball. We know when he’s going to throw it, where he’s going to put it – things like that. We don’t have to worry about who’s playing QB.”

But what does Black like about Patterson as a quarterback?

While Patterson, a former five-star, was the top-rated QB in the 2016 recruiting class, and threw for over 3,000 yards in 10 games for Ole Miss, the players say he didn’t arrive in Ann Arbor with an ego or feeling like he was better than anybody.

Instead, he came in  knowing he would have to work and earn his keep. And he did so confidently.

Black likes the way that Patterson approaches the game, saying that his moxie helps make the entire offense better.

“I definitely think he brings some intensity to the offense,” Black said. “He’s always trying to bring up the energy with us, things like that.

“We definitely have personal confidence, but as a group, he brings us all up.”

Of course, Patterson has a different skill set than the other quarterbacks on the roster. He’s sometimes mis-identified as a dual-threat, but he’s more of a passer who can become mobile, if necessary.

If things break down in the pocket, Patterson can use his legs to extend plays, whether it be scrambling while keeping his eyes downfield, or taking off on his own.

Black says that just helps make this Michigan offense that much more dynamic, having someone who can keep plays alive if the opposing defense manages to get pressure up front.

“I think it’s just great for us as an offense, really,” Black said. “Just having a guy that can make guys miss in the pocket and extend the play and make plays with his feet. It’s another addition to the offense that we really need and like.”

But what does that mean for the receivers? Of course, they don’t all just keep streaking downfield if a play starts to go haywire.

There has to be a cognizance that if the ball isn’t in the air when it’s supposed to be, things need to immediately change for the wideouts, no matter where they are on the field.

But it’s not exactly chaos at that point — it becomes that much more of a coordinated attack.

“We definitely practice that every day in practice as well,” Black said. “We’re always on high alert. When the QB begins to scramble, we get into scramble-phase. One guy goes deep, one guy comes in. We just get into different parts of the field. We’ve been working at it.”

Fans will finally get to see Michigan’s new-look offense on Sept. 1 at 7:30PM, when the Wolverines kick off the 2018 season at Notre Dame.

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