Patterson Not Thinking About Future Beyond Michigan -- Yet

Patterson Not Thinking About Future Beyond Michigan -- Yet

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Patterson Not Thinking About Future Beyond Michigan -- Yet

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — For now, Shea Patterson is just enjoying the ride. He’s not worried about making decisions that involve not being in Ann Arbor. He’s not thinking about the NFL.

Not yet, at least.

The former Ole Miss quarterback who was a five-star and top-rated signal caller in the 2016 recruiting class has made the most of his time with Michigan, a team he transferred to this offseason. The prevailing theory was that as a blue-chip player who put up numbers for the Rebels under center, Patterson would be a one-year deal in Ann Arbor.

Then, the rumor started circulating that he’s planning on returning for his senior season next year.

Patterson’s numbers haven’t been as impressive in a total yardage sense in comparison to what he did at Ole Miss, where he had seven games where he threw for more than 300 yards. He has yet to eclipse that mark in 10 games at Michigan, but he’s greatly improved both his completion percentage while cutting down on interceptions.

Before arriving at Michigan, Patterson threw for 3,139 yards in 10 games, with 23 touchdowns to 12 interceptions. His completion percentage was 60.7% while with the Rebels. But now, ten games later, Patterson has improved greatly, game-by-game in many ways, with 1,927 yards, 17 touchdowns to 3 interceptions, with just 58% of the attempted passes. He’s improved his yards-per-attempt from 8 to 8.7 and has but one-quarter of the turnovers from the two years previous, combined.

While he’s been an engine that the Michigan offense has certainly needed, he’s still considered by some a potential first-to-second day NFL Draft pick. So has he considered leaving, making Saturday’s matchup vs. Indiana his final game at The Big House?

According to Patterson, he hasn’t even truly thought of that possibility.

“Not at all, not at all,” Patterson said. “Obviously you think about it, but right now, I’m just focusing on this team, just like everybody else on this team. With guys that have a chance to go out early, we’re just focusing on Indiana right now. After that, we’ll focus on Ohio State.

“Actually, we’re focused on Wednesday practice! We’re worried about Indiana, but we’re worried about tomorrow’s practice. That’s how we’ve approached the whole season. I don’t think we’re gonna change that.”

But, should he opt to leave early and not return, the former Toledo (OH) native, who grew up rooting for Michigan, has relished this experience.

He went from being nervous to run out of the tunnel and touch the banner as he watched his childhood heroes do to having his team nearing a Big Ten Championship and a potential College Football Playoff berth, should his Wolverines win out.

For Patterson, wearing the winged helmet has been the experience of a lifetime, especially considering his childhood rooting interests.

“It’s been everything and more from what I thought it was going to be,” Patterson said. “We all knew we were going to be pretty good in spring ball and fall camp once things started rolling. After that first week, we got a wakeup call and ever since then, we attack each and every single day with maximum effort. I don’t think we’ve looked back since then, so we feel good about it.”

Next, Patterson & Co. will face the Indiana Hoosiers, before traveling to Columbus to face Ohio State — his first taste of the most storied rivalry in all of sports. The winner of The Game will earn a berth into the Big Ten Championship game on Dec. 1.

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