Shea Patterson Has Strong Take On Michigan Quarterback Battle
Shea Patterson had a strong take on Michigan’s quarterback battle heading into next season.
A one-time Ole Miss signee, Patterson transferred to Ann Arbor and ended up starting in 26 outings over the course of two years under Jim Harbaugh.
While his legacy at the school is somewhat mixed, Patterson is still the offensive player most closely associated with the Wolverines program over the past few seasons. As such, people were interested to see what he had to say about the quarterback battle brewing at Michigan.
Fighting to take over for Patterson are Dylan McCaffrey, Patterson’s main backup last year, Joe Milton and Cade McNamara.
McCaffrey has the most experience out of the group, having played seven games in 2019 and recording 116 yards and a touchdown along with 67 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
Milton played in four outings last season and threw for 59 yards, a score and a pick. Of the group, it is generally agreed that he has the best pure throwing arm.
McNamara, meanwhile, redshirted last season so it is unclear what precisely he brings to the table. He came in ranked as the seventh best pro-style quarterback and top player from Nevada in the 2019 class.
While Patterson is obviously busy getting ready for the looming NFL Draft, that did not deter him from offering his take on all three guys.
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“Three great kids,” he said.
“I had the pleasure to learn with them every single day. It was such a fun quarterback room. It’s going to be interesting. Dylan is a smart kid, fast and knows the offense really well. He’s a great leader as well. He practices hard as heck.
“And Joe is also an ultra-talented kid. He’s one of my best friends when I was up there. So I’m looking forward to watching that competition go.
“And Cade, he’s a very talented kid and he has a lot of time to grow and I think he can be a very good one, as well. It’s going to be interesting. Coach (Ben) McDaniels is going to get those guys right and ready to compete.”
Wolverines are set to commence with spring practice in two weeks. At that point, the picture should start to clear up a bit regarding who will ultimately come away with the starting quarterback spot.