For the first time in the Jim Harbaugh era, Michigan has announced its starting quarterback.
During an M Club event at Weber’s in Ann Arbor, the Wolverines head coach told attendees that transfer QB Shea Patterson will be the starting quarterback against Notre Dame.
A caller – specifically, Mike from Plymouth – during Michael Spath’s Inside the Huddle Radio Show on 1050AM WTKA “broke” the news. Others from the event confirmed it, one commenter mentioned that Harbaugh told them that the team already knows.
Edit: Angelique Chengelis of The Detroit News reports that Michigan spokesman, Dave Ablauf, confirmed that Shea Patterson will be Michigan’s starting quarterback and the team has been informed.
Mike from Plymouth just shared that Jim Harbaugh told a group of alumni at Weber's that #SheaPatterson will start the season opener against Notre Dame.
— Michael Spath (@MichaelSpathITH) August 20, 2018
This news comes to no one’s surprise as RS sophomore QB Brandon Peters struggled in the team’s bowl game loss to South Carolina, throwing 44 passes with 20 completions, two interceptions and zero touchdowns. And RS freshman QB, Dylan McCaffrey, has yet to see game time.
Meanwhile, while at Ole Miss his sophomore season, Patterson only played six games due to injury. In that short stint, the rising junior completed 166 passes on 260 attempts for 2,259 yards. He added 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions with a completion percentage of 63.8%.
Compare that to Peters’ five appearances in 2017, the rising sophomore completed 57 passes on 108 attempts, good for 672 yards. Peters had just four touchdowns while throwing two interceptions.
Patterson being named the starter was a matter of time.
That being said, he’s the first of four starting quarterbacks at Michigan under Harbaugh to be named the starter publicly. Which could show the coach’s confidence in his new man under center.
You can listen to Inside The Huddle with Michael Spath every weekday from 10am-1pm EST on 1050AM or WTKA.com.