Patterson to reportedly gain immediate eligibility
Written by Matt Pargoff   

The big question looming over the head of quarterback transfer Shea Patterson is nearing an answer, and news looks positive for the former Ole Miss signal caller according to various reports. Patterson has been seeking a waiver from the NCAA to overturn its rule requiring transfers to sit out a year so that he can instead gain immediate eligibility to play this fall. It now appears he will get his wish.

Patterson has been embroiled in effort to gain eligibility since he arrived at Michigan in January, arguing that he was deceived by Ole Miss staff over the severity of impending NCAA sanctions. Ole Miss initially disagreed with claims made in the appeal, but later offered no further objection to the response from Michigan.

The various reports, including from The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press, citing unnamed U-M sources, indicate that the news is expected to become official in the near future.

Michigan pass-game coordinator Pep Hamilton declined to name a leader in the quarterback competition on Sunday, but did off praise of what Patterson has shown so far in the spring.

“He’s a playmaker,” Hamilton noted. “If you watched any of his film, it’s obvious that he can extend plays with his legs and he can make all the throws.”

In addition to Patterson, the Wolverines also have redshirt sophomore Brandon Peters, redshirt freshman Dylan McCaffrey and true freshman Joe Milton competing for the job. Peters saw action in six games last year, completing 52.8% of his passes for 672 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions.

Patterson bring more experience to the table, starting 10 games over two seasons for the Rebels. In 2017, he completed 63.8% of his passes for 2,259 yards, 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions.


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