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#pounditMonday, March 8, 2021

Shea Patterson thinks Michigan can contend for national title

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Quarterback Shea Patterson has been ruled eligible for the 2018 season after his transfer to Michigan, and he’s already setting his sights high.

Patterson left Ole Miss under a cloud of NCAA sanctions, and now he thinks the Wolverines can contend for a championship this season.

“I would’ve stayed (at Ole Miss) if it wasn’t for the situation we were in,” Patterson said, via Josh Henschke of 247 Sports. “I can live with throwing an interception in the National Championship game or before we get there in the playoff. It might be hard to live with that but I don’t know if I could live with not being able to get the chance to compete for one. I think watching Michigan all last year, with the guys we’ve got coming back on defense, I feel like we have a really good shot of doing that.”

As of Friday, Patterson is good to go for 2018. It’s fair to say given the talent they’ve had that the Wolverines have underachieved under Jim Harbaugh, in large part because they have never had great quarterback play. They’ll be looking to Patterson to change all that.

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