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#pounditFriday, March 5, 2021

QB Shea Patterson declared eligible to play for Michigan this fall

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The University of Michigan football team shared some positive news on Friday.

The school officially announced that quarterback Shea Patterson has been declared eligible to play this fall by the NCAA.

Patterson transferred to Michigan from Ole Miss. Patterson argued that he was transferring and should receive immediately eligibility because he was lied to by Ole Miss about the extent of the penalties they were facing from the NCAA. The Rebels reportedly contested his request.

Patterson was a top recruit out of high school and put up some nice numbers last season as a sophomore. He passed for 2,259 yards, 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions before getting injured. He compiled most of his stats against bad teams and struggled against good defenses like Alabama and LSU (0 touchdowns/5 interceptions). He appeared to lose the starting job to Jordan Ta’amu, who played better in his absence.

Michigan could use the quarterback help as that has been a weak spot for Jim Harbaugh since he took over the program. Patterson being granted immediate eligibility further helps because Wilton Speight left for UCLA as a graduate transfer.

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