Shea Patterson was not the quarterback for four series during the second half of Michigan’s win over Middle Tennessee on Saturday, and an injury likely explains why.
Jim Harbaugh said after the Wolverines’ 40-21 win that Patterson was “working through” something.
“I thought Shea played extremely well. He probably didn’t tell you but he was working through a little something, he was being evaluated at halftime. I was keeping a close eye on him,” Harbaugh said, via The Michigan Insider. “Had some quarterback runs designed in the third quarter that I prefer to see Dylan (McCaffrey) running because I didn’t want to make Shea’s issue worse.”
Patterson was 17/29 for 203 yards and three touchdown passes. The senior was upset with himself for his mistakes, such as a lost fumble and a few missed passes. It seems Patterson was harder on himself than Harbaugh was on him.
Sophomore Dylan McCaffrey and freshman Joe Milton also saw action at quarterback in the game.
Jim Harbaugh on Saturday stayed true to his promise to play two quarterbacks. In fact, he went beyond that and used three.
Not only did starter Shea Patterson and backup Dylan McCaffrey see action at quarterback for Michigan in the Wolverines’ 40-21 win over Middle Tennessee, but third-string QB Joe Milton also got in.
Patterson quarterbacked the team for its first 10 drives. When the Wolverines were leading 33-14, McCaffrey came in for two straight drives. He and Patterson even shared the field for a play.
As if that weren’t enough, Milton got to play for two straight possessions late in the game.
Harbaugh had said before the season that he envisioned playing both Patterson and McCaffrey.
“Where it stands right now — and that could change later or not — is I see them both playing. Where it stands right now, I see it as maybe redefining what a starter is. I see that; that’s where it is now. They’re both — you just see that you want to get both on the field.”
The commentators on the game telecast shared more insight about Harbaugh’s decision to play three quarterbacks. They cited the NCAA transfer portal as a motivating force behind the decision. Players — especially quarterbacks — readily transfer these days. Giving playing time to several quarterbacks serves dual purposes: it gives players more reasons to stick with a program, and it gives more experience to quarterbacks on the roster, acting as insurance in case one leaves. The plan makes plenty of sense.
Patterson, a senior, went 17/29 for 203 yards, three touchdowns and 28 rushing yards. McCaffrey, a sophomore, was 2/2 for 17 yards and rushed for 42 yards and a score. Milton, a freshman, went 0/1 and rushed for nine yards.
Since 2000, 16 of the 19 players to win the Heisman Trophy were quarterbacks. In other words, the best player in college football is usually adjudged to be the nation’s top signal-caller, underlining the importance of the position if a school wants a chance at claiming a conference or national title. Just ask the Oklahoma Sooners, who boast back-to-back Heisman-winning quarterbacks, both of whom played in the College Football Playoff.
Which quarterbacks are going to be the ones competing for those honors this season? Here are the ten best quarterbacks in college football in 2019.
10. Adrian Martinez, Nebraska
Any rebirth of Nebraska football is tied to Martinez, who was handed the quarterback job as a freshman and acquitted himself well. He threw for 2,617 yards and 17 touchdowns while adding 629 rushing yards. A better supporting cast should help those numbers go up, and some have even mentioned him as a potential dark horse Heisman candidate. That may be premature, but given Martinez’s natural talent and Scott Frost’s reputation for developing players, it may be realistic eventually.
9. D’Eriq King, Houston
King suffered a knee injury toward the end of 2018, and his recovery and health will be paramount to him reaching his potential. If King does reach his potential, he’ll easily become one of the country’s most dynamic quarterbacks. As a junior, King threw 36 touchdown passes and added 14 more rushing scores, bringing him to an even 50 on the year despite playing in only 11 games. Dana Holgorsen’s offense has the chance to make him one of the most prolific stat-producers in the entire nation.
8. Jordan Love, Utah State
After passing for 32 touchdowns and 3,567 yards last season, there’s no reason to believe Love won’t be able to turn in a repeat performance in 2019. Ranking as one of the Group of Five’s top quarterbacks, Love had a pair of 400-yard passing games in 2018, and nearly beat Michigan State in East Lansing. He has a new coach in Gary Andersen, but don’t expect that to slow him down as one of the best returning quarterbacks.
7. Shea Patterson, Michigan
Michigan was likely headed for a College Football Playoff appearance last season had they not lost to Ohio State, and that defeat largely was not Patterson’s fault. The senior enters 2019 with a lot of pressure on his shoulders given the prevailing narrative that Michigan is long overdue for a Big Ten title and has the talent to win one. They certainly have the quarterback to do it, as Patterson was good for 2,600 yards last season. The hope is that a more expansive offense will boost Patterson’s numbers and make the team even better.
6. Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma
After an up-and-down Alabama career, Hurts has moved to Oklahoma. Coach Lincoln Riley has made clear that Hurts is expected to compete with Tanner Mordecai for the starting job, but most expect Hurts to win it. Known primarily for his mobility, the key for Hurts will be to show improvement as a passer. However, Riley and Oklahoma’s high-powered approach to offense could make Hurts yet another Oklahoma Heisman candidate. He’d love to make it three years in a row for the Sooners.
5. Sam Ehlinger, Texas
It’s comical to now think that Ehlinger was once part of a quarterback controversy at Texas. Nobody is questioning him now. He racked up 41 total touchdowns in 2018 — 25 passing and 16 rushing — while quarterbacking the Longhorns to their first ten-win season since 2009. The junior is only getting better, and as long as there are no injuries or other issues, a Big 12 title and Heisman consideration is not out of the question for Ehlinger.
4. Justin Herbert, Oregon
Herbert surprised many when he passed on the NFL Draft despite the fact that scouts are said to be drooling over his pro potential. The beneficiary of that decision is Oregon, which will subsequently be able to play one more season with one of the nation’s best quarterbacks. Herbert is a classic pocket passer with size and a big arm, as evidenced by his 63 touchdown passes in three years with the Ducks. Don’t be surprised if he has a 30-touchdown, 3,000-yard season in the pipeline.
3. Jake Fromm, Georgia
Georgia’s second season with Fromm under center wasn’t quite as successful as the first, but it certainly wasn’t down to the quarterback, who continues to develop at an elite level. Fromm posted a 30-touchdown season and improved his completion percentage as a sophomore despite falling short of 3,000 yards. There’s no reason to believe Fromm’s development won’t continue as a junior. A higher national profile could follow if the Bulldogs can make the College Football Playoff.
2. Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama
Tua was everything the Crimson Tide hoped for and then some until a poor performance and injury in the SEC Championship helped derail his Heisman hopes. His season ended with two interceptions against Clemson, where he was outplayed by Trevor Lawrence. Losing that game gives Tagovailoa something to prove, which Nick Saban knows. Tua is entirely capable of making another run at the Heisman, and it’s worth remembering that he fell just 34 yards shy of 4,000 and added 43 passing touchdowns despite the fact that he was rarely playing the entirety of Alabama blowouts.
1. Trevor Lawrence, Clemson
For the bulk of the 2018 season, Tua Tagovailoa and Kyler Murray were dominating the college football quarterback conversation. Lawrence proceeded to make the title game his personal coming out party. The freshman capped off a 3,000-yard season by throwing for 347 yards and three touchdowns against a shell-shocked Crimson Tide defense. With no questions about his starting job and a talented team around him, Lawrence has the chance to surpass those numbers and win a Heisman Trophy as a sophomore. Another national title isn’t out of the question either.
Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson will return for his senior season.
Patterson made the announcement in an interview with Angelique Chengelis of the Detroit News on Friday.
“I think my original plan was to come here and help the team out as much as I could,” Patterson said. “The thoughts were maybe come out after one year, so I think there might have been some speculation there. At this point, I feel like everybody thinks I’m coming back. Excited to get that out there so they know.”
Patterson confirmed the story himself in a Twitter post.
There had been some talk that Patterson would look into going pro, but the ultimate decision doesn’t come as a massive surprise. Plus, the Michigan quarterback probably doesn’t want this to be his last memory of his biggest rivalry.
The Michigan Wolverines had a brutal day in Columbus on Saturday, but the worst may have come in the fourth quarter with a potentially serious injury.
Wolverine quarterback Shea Patterson suffered what appeared to be an injury to his right leg after it got caught in the turf on a fourth quarter tackle.
Patterson stayed down for several moments and was surrounded by his teammates, but he was able to walk off under his own power.
According to Fox Sports reporter Jenny Taft, Patterson was fitted for a brace and was likely to return to the game, so the injury turned out to be less serious than it initially looked.
The Patterson injury wasn’t even the first big one Michigan suffered on the day. They were also well on track to losing the game, making things even worse.
Things did not go well for the Michigan Wolverines and quarterback Shea Patterson on Saturday, and one former Ohio State Buckeye was piling on.
Patterson was under heavy pressure from the Ohio State defensive front for much of Saturday, and former Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones was all over it. On Twitter, Jones joked that the Ole Miss transfer probably wished he had stayed there.
Jones is known for his Twitter barbs, fair or not. In a rivalry game like this one, it only matters that you get a good jab in, and Jones was definitely in a good mood with his Buckeyes up 41-19 through three quarters.
Dwayne Haskins got some tips on playing Michigan State from a seemingly unlikely source.
The Ohio State quarterback says he spoke with Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson for tips on facing the Spartans ahead of Saturday’s game.
Patterson and Haskins may be friends, but how will fans respond? Ohio State and Michigan are major rivals. Wolverines fans probably won’t like hearing that Patterson is helping out the Buckeyes’ quarterback.
Both Ohio State and Michigan enter the week 8-1, while Michigan State is 6-3 and coming off two nice wins. The Buckeyes have Michigan State and Maryland on the road before hosting Michigan. The Wolverines are at Rutgers and then host Indiana before their big clash with Ohio State. The rivals could be 10-1 for what would be a massive game at the Horseshoe on November 24.
The college football season is upon us, which should have fans pumped across the country. Though it will take a while to get a sense for the best 25 teams in the country, we do have our preseason top 25 entering the first full slate of games. Those teams will be relying on some key players all season. Here is a look at the most important player for each of the preseason’s top 25 teams.
1) Alabama — Tua Tagovailoa, QB
After taking over the second half of the national championship game, Tagovailoa showed what he can do. He is mobile, fearless, and has a big arm. He can give Alabama the kind of big-play ability at quarterback they haven’t seen for a while — possibly ever. He has no shortage of talent around him, much of it NFL-level, and he has already demonstrated skill and poise in the most pressure-filled situation. Expect him to have a solid year at minimum.
Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson sought the approval of a program legend before choosing to wear jersey No. 2.
Patterson wore jersey No. 20 at Ole Miss but decided to change to No. 2 with the Wolverines. That is the same number Charles Woodson wore when he won the Heisman Trophy for the Wolverines.
Patterson told The Michigan Insider that when he reached out to Woodson, the legend at first joked that Patterson couldn’t wear it before approving it.
“He said if you’re going to wear it just know what you’re wearing it for,” Patterson said, via The Michigan Insider. “You’ve got to be a leader and show the guys how hard you work. Wear it with pride.”
Patterson was announced this week as Michigan’s starting quarterback. He completed 63.8 percent of his passes as a sophomore last season, throwing for 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions in seven games for the Rebels. He shined against lesser teams, against whom he racked up most of his stats. He struggled against strong opponents like LSU and Alabama, against whom he threw for no touchdowns and five interceptions.
Michigan will be in good shape if Jim Harbaugh is able to help Patterson take a step forward in his game.
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.