RUMOR: Shea Patterson Returning to Michigan in 2019

RUMOR: Shea Patterson Returning to Michigan in 2019

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RUMOR: Shea Patterson Returning to Michigan in 2019

Head coach Jim Harbaugh may have just gotten his wish. Since taking over the head coaching job at Michigan, Harbaugh has had many different starting quarterbacks and while Wilton Speight returned from 2016 to the 2017 season, his job was always questionable with John O’Korn around and when Speight went down with a back injury, O’Korn would be the new starter.

Harbaugh may get a returning starter at quarterback that isn’t up for debate. Rumors from MGoBlog have emerged that starting quarterback Shea Patterson is returning to Michigan for his senior season, instead of heading towards the draft like many expected.

Per Someone Who Would Know, Shea Patterson is planning on returning for his senior year. He’s likely to submit his name to the draft committee for an evaluation, get a mid-round grade, and return.

As this space mentioned a couple weeks back, he’s in the heart of the distribution of guys for whom a return makes sense even when the criteria are strictly financial bottom line stuff: draftable but with first round upside if he can just refine his reads.

If these rumors are true, that is good news for the Wolverines as they can build off Patterson for another year instead of changing the reigns once again and have that quarterback have to build chemistry with wide receivers and much more.

Patterson transferred to Michigan from Ole Miss after Ole Miss is facing NCAA sanctions. The transfer has been a great thing for both Patterson and Michigan as now the Wolverines are currently ranked fourth in the latest College Football Playoff rankings and Patterson is tied for third in odds to win the Heisman trophy.

Patterson returning, along with only losing Grant Perry at the wide receiver position, leaves the passing game to get even better and with running back Karan Higdon leaving after this season, that could be the only part where Patterson will have to pick up as replacing someone like Higdon is harder than it looks. Michigan will still have Chris Evans and Tru Wilson, so the position isn’t a bust, but it could take a step back next season.

So if these are just rumors and Patterson leaves for the NFL draft, Michigan will have an interesting three-man race to start at quarterback next season. If Patterson does return, the offense can grow and get better, which is something Harbaugh hasn’t had a chance to really do since becoming the head coach.

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