Why Stephen Spanellis Says Shea Patterson 'is a Professional'

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Why Stephen Spanellis Says Shea Patterson 'is a Professional'

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Why Stephen Spanellis Says Shea Patterson 'is a Professional'

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — It may have only been a 125 yard day for Shea Patterson on Saturday, but completing 71% of his passes, there was a lot for Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh to like come Monday.

Looking back on his performance, there were two plays that stood out to the Wolverines head coach, and he says it speaks to Patterson’s talent level and ability — not just what the staff is trying to do with him.

“A couple of throws Shea made — the one he made to his left to Oliver on the boundary, being chased, that was a high level, unbelievable play,” Harbaugh said. “He had the touchdown pass to Donovan really stood out as a great play. That wasn’t coaching.”

As something of an enigmatic athlete who keeps his eyes downfield and can make plays out of nowhere, it’s a special ability.

Offensive lineman Stephen Spanellis — who plays multiple positions on the OL — says that it isn’t just the staff that appreciates Patterson’s playmaking ability.

For players like Spanellis, he’s particularly special, especially compared to what he and the OL had become accustomed to over the years for the man under center.

“So, Shea gets the ball out quick,” Spanellis said. “Last year, the quarterback would hold onto the ball, and maybe look at one or two reads in his progression and then take off running. Shea’s a professional. Shea knows what he’s doing, and Shea makes quick decisions.

“Partially, it’s the new offense, and they’re giving Shea the opportunity to make snap decisions. We know Shea is going to make plays, and knowing your quarterback is elusive gives you a little more incentive to strain a little extra — block for that fifth or sixth second rather than just the four.”

So, will be see more of Patterson’s arm going forward?

Of course, Michigan didn’t need much from him, as the running game accumulated 308 yards on the day. It’s not that Harbaugh is waiting for a special moment to unleash his quarterback. The way he puts it, Patterson already has the full capability and ability to make the most of any situation he’s put in.

Thus, the coaches don’t have to do much but just wait for him to do what he does best — make plays.

“I never make the leash analogy — there’s no leash,” Harbaugh said. “He’s throwing very well on the run. We’d like to continue to do that. We have a lot of trust in Shea.”

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