Shea Patterson's 'Consistency' Key to Managing Michigan's Offense

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Shea Patterson's 'Consistency' Key to Managing Michigan's Offense

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Shea Patterson's 'Consistency' Key to Managing Michigan's Offense

When Shea Patterson made his decision to transfer to Michigan prior to the 2018 season, quarterbacks coach Pep Hamilton was hoping for consistency and game manageability.

Patterson gave him both.

Hamilton said all players need to earn field credibility with coaches and teammates in Ann Arbor, and Patterson quickly accomplished that. From the season opener against Notre Dame to gearing up for the Peach Bowl, Hamilton said Patterson gave Michigan football an offensive identity.

“One thing about Shea Patterson is he’s consistent day in and day out,” Hamilton added. “His temperament, that demeanor that you see, he’s that way all the time. I don’t know that you ever see him waver and get highly emotional or down on himself. That’s one of those intuitive traits and skills. His teammates gravitate toward him because of that consistency he provides as a leader for our offense and football team.”

Looking beyond his classy swagger, Patterson’s production has been consistent as well – completing 188-of-290 passes (64.8 percent) for 2,364 yards, 21 touchdowns and five interceptions.

His top pass catchers include Nico Collins (552 yards), Donovan Peoples-Jones (541 yards), Zach Gentry (475 yards), Nick Eubanks (157 yards), Ronnie Bell (145 yards), Grant Perry (131 yards), Oliver Martin (125 yards) and Sean McKeon (122 yards).

“I think Shea and Donovan Peoples-Jones have a special connection,” Hamilton said. “Shea and Nico Collins have a thing going as well. And Zach Gentry, Nick Eubanks and Sean McKeon know if they get open, he will find a way to get them the football.

“The consistency he brings in his preparation, how he interacts with his teammates – more importantly under pressure – is something everyone gravitates toward.”

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The entire offense under coach Jim Harbaugh starts with Patterson’s ability to manage the game. Hamilton explained putting Patterson in a management role was not to minimize his ability to be a playmaker but to successfully operate.

Patterson, and all other quarterbacks on the roster, helps call the run plays. Hamilton said Michigan has an offensive system where the team shouts out certain run plays against specific defensive looks.

It’s Patterson’s job to manage those situations.

“That’s part of his job description, to get us in the right run call,” Hamilton said. “With pass protection, it’s really important that he’s on the same page with Cesar Ruiz. That’s what I mean when I say manage our offense.”

As for Patterson’s playmaking abilities, Hamilton sees it as an instinct that makes his junior quarterback a special player.

Patterson’s skill set will be on full display on Dec. 29 against Florida in the Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

“We are excited to see him bring all of the above on Saturday,” Hamilton concluded.

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