Michigan junior quarterback Shea Patterson was ruled eligible for the 2018-19 season by the NCAA on Friday.
Michigan football’s Twitter account announced the news.
IT’S OFFICIAL: @SheaPatterson_1 is eligible for 2018-19!
— Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) April 27, 2018
“The University of Mississippi and the University of Michigan have worked together over the last several days in conjunction with the NCAA national office staff, and with a focus on the best interest of the student-athlete, to put forward a new waiver application,” The University’s release said. “That new application was submitted this week by the University of Michigan and supported by both schools. The University of Michigan has withdrawn its previous waiver application and all associated materials in favor of this new, cooperative approach based on facts which all parties agree to. The waiver has now been approved by the NCAA and thus football student-athlete Shea Patterson will be eligible to compete in the 2018-19 academic year.”
You can read the full release from the University here.
Patterson transferred from Ole Miss in January. His eligibility has been all the noise in Ann Arbor since his commitment to the Wolverines in December.
Michigan fans can finally breathe a sigh of relief as its quarterback room for the upcoming season just got a legitimate addition.
There isnt a guarantee that Patterson is the starter on Sep. 1, when the Wolverines travel to South Bend, Ind. to take on Notre Dame in college football’s opening week. The former Rebel will have a to beat out an already talented group of young quarterbacks, including returning starter Brandon Peters (So.), Dylan McCaffrey (Fr.) and Joe Milton (Fr.).
Depsite the competition, Patterson’s resume is more than enough to command the lead for the job following his eligibility being granted.
As a sophomore in 2017, Patterson passed for over 2,000 yards and 17 touchdowns in 6.5 games at Ole Miss before a season-ending leg injury.
Those numbers include a lifetime performance against SEC runner-up Auburn. Patterson passed for 346 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.
For comparison: In Peters’ five starts, he didn’t surpass 186 yards. Of Patterson’s six full games in 2017, he threw for over 300 yards in five of them and over 400 in two.
Michigan’s quarterbacks in 2017 combined for 2,226 yards and 9 touchdowns in 13 games. Patterson passed for 2,259 and 17 touchdowns in 6.5 games.
In April, Walter Football released its 2019 NFL Mock Draft, which had Patterson as The Draft’s No. 1 overall pick.
Though no spot is guaranteed on a Jim Harbaugh team, Shea Patterson is a strong favorite to be the Wolverines starting quarterback on Sep. 1.