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#pounditWednesday, January 20, 2021

Shea Patterson named Michigan starting quarterback

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In an unsurprising but important move, the Michigan Wolverines have named Shea Patterson their starting quarterback.

The Ole Miss transfer beat out Brandon Peters for the job, and will start the regular season opener against Notre Dame. Coach Jim Harbaugh announced the decision at an event in Ann Arbor on Monday morning, which the Wolverines later confirmed.

Patterson seemed to have the inside track on the job all along, though Harbaugh said the competition was still open as recently as last week. Patterson is viewed as having the most upside, and he has a good amount of experience. He played seven games for Ole Miss in 2017, throwing for 2,259 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Expectations are high for the Wolverines this season, and Patterson isn’t shying away from that. They’ll be a team to watch for playoff contention this year.

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