Ben Bredeson Returning to Michigan, Hopes Shea Patterson Will Too

Ben Bredeson Returning to Michigan, Hopes Shea Patterson Will Too

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Ben Bredeson Returning to Michigan, Hopes Shea Patterson Will Too

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The “face of the franchise” is set to return to Ann Arbor for another year.

That nickname given to him by some of his fellow offensive lineman, team captain and third-year left guard Ben Bredeson has started every game since midway through his freshman season, and the second-team All-Big Ten guard says that he has intentions of doing that for another full round this upcoming season.

“I’ll be here,” Bredeson said. “It’s not official, but yeah.”

Bredeson says that he’ll meet with Jim Harbaugh, less to discuss his options and more on what he’s been doing right and what he needs to improve.

With Bredeson having been looked at as a a potential departure as the season wore on, though, he made no bones that he intends to return and has no reason to leave Ann Arbor prematurely.

“I love this place,” Bredeson said. “I didn’t really think of leaving. Honestly didn’t think about it — didn’t cross my mind until after the game. Didn’t really think about it a whole lot. Just gonna go talk with Coach, do due diligence, that sort of thing.”

Of course, one of the big things is that he’ll have something of an offense to work with.

As he notes, pretty much everyone on the offense is returning this next season, with just Karan Higdon and Juwann Bushell-Beatty leaving, due to exhausted eligibility.

While Shea Patterson hasn’t announced whether he will stay or go pro as of yet, Bredeson essentially salivates at the thought of Patterson throwing to the current receiving corps with another year of work and training together.

“We’ve got a lot of weapons — I mean — look at our receiving corps,” Bredeson said. “They’re 19 years old. Next year, they’ll be another year older — bigger, stronger. They’ll get another full year with Coach Herb. It’s dangerous. Especially with — Shea’s here. I haven’t talked to him or anything, but I assume he would be. Another year with him — it’s just tough when you have that quarterback coming in. They never worked with each other. They’ve got to throw everything together before the first game. They’ll get a full year working with each other — it will be really good.”

Bredeson insists he doesn’t know anything about Patterson’s impending decision. And while he acted like it was something of a foregone conclusion, he says that the decision is up to him.

“That’s a personal choice he’s gotta make,” Bredeson said. “Obviously, I want to play with him. But I haven’t talked to him about it, honestly.”

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