What Pep Hamilton Has Seen Out of Shea Patterson in Camp

What Pep Hamilton Has Seen Out of Shea Patterson in Camp

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What Pep Hamilton Has Seen Out of Shea Patterson in Camp

ANN ARBOR, Mich — In a matter of days, Michigan fans will finally know exactly what the Wolverines have at the quarterback position.

Though there’s a raging debate online amongst maize and blue fans and rival fanbases as to the veracity of Shea Patterson’s talent — the former five-star signal caller tallied more than 3,000 yards in ten games, but struggled against the better defenses in the country. Yet, there’s no debate inside Schembechler Hall.

Obviously — considering that, unlike in the previous three years, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh named a starter weeks before the season opener.

But it wasn’t just what Patterson has shown the coaching staff since his arrival in January that helped them decide that he would be the starter. As Wolverines pass game coordinator Pep Hamilton says, the confidence comes also from Patterson’s repertoire dating back to Ole Miss.

“I think Shea has shown in big games over the course of his short career that he can make plays,” Hamilton said. “Not that the other quarterbacks can’t make plays, but he offers just an ability to make the on-schedule play and the off-schedule plays. We’re excited about having that element in our offense.”

Patterson arrived at the University of Michigan this past January, while the team was still down in Florida for the Outback Bowl.

There comes a certain learning curve with joining a new team, especially at the quarterback position, and especially with a team where Jim Harbaugh is the head coach. Those things combined create for a difficult transition.,

However, Hamilton says that Patterson eased right in, coming in having done his homework.

“It didn’t take very long at all, because you saw it on film prior to his arrival here in Ann Arbor,” Hamilton said. “So it was just a matter of Shea developing some comfort in how we communicate our plays and getting a feel for the players around him.”

And with what Patterson is capable of, there’s a lot that Michigan can do with that.

Of course, he has the ability to scramble and make plays with his legs. He keeps his eyes downfield and can hurt defenses when they hone in on his running ability. In short, there’s a reason he was considered a five-star recruit.

With Patterson in the fold, Hamilton doesn’t think it just gives the Wolverines offense another opportunity — his arrival is a complete game changer.

“It has, not just an impact on my job, but on the entire program,” Hamilton said. “The quarterback position is really the centerpiece for our success. So having a playmaker, having a guy that can do what’s prescribed and then some, that’s an important element in a successful offense.”

We’ll see for sure just how good Patterson might be in a big game environment, as Michigan opens up the 2018 season on the road at Notre Dame on Saturday, with a 7:30PM kickoff slated in South Bend.

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