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With Patterson, is Michigan a Big Ten favorite?

Mississippi quarterback Shea Patterson says he will send to Michigan, where manager Jim Harbaugh has left by 3 starting QBs this season.



ANN ARBOR — Quarterback-whispering conduct coach: $7 million per year.

Offensive coordinator: $1.15 million.

Passing diversion coordinator: $1.15 million.

More flitting touchdowns than Illinois: Priceless.

For Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh and his tip descent lieutenants — who done some-more than $1 million for any throwing measure this deteriorate — a heralded arrival of Toledo local Shea Patterson brings a promise of something no volume of income could buy here lately.

A real-life brazen flitting game.

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Patterson’s send from Ole Miss to Michigan has a feel of a game-changer.

In a put-up-or-shut-up 2018 deteriorate for Harbaugh, a usually thing that would have distant a Wolverines from inhabitant row is a playmaking quarterback, and that forgive only left a building.

If a junior-to-be Patterson is authorised to play immediately, Michigan will have a former No. 1 quarterback partisan in a republic and a many means passer in during slightest a decade to element a championship-level invulnerability set to lapse 9 starters.

Even Harbaugh’s bête noire, Paul Finebaum, conceded UM one good win this year.

“Jim Harbaugh only poached one of a SEC’s best QBs,” a ESPN researcher said. “If a NCAA allows him to play in 2018 a Wolverines turn a pretension contender.”

At a least, they turn some-more compelling.

Consider: In 6 full games before pang a season-ending knee injury, Patterson finished 66 percent of his passes for 2,143 yards and 17 touchdowns, with 6 interceptions.

In 12 games, Michigan’s 3 quarterbacks finished 54 percent of their throws for 2,023 yards and 9 touchdowns, with 8 interceptions.

We’d advise Harbaugh has taken a goal of returning Michigan to a gilded roots too literally, though that would not be satisfactory to a school’s some-more inclusive leather-helmeted forbears. In 1925, shortly after a pass was legalized, Benny Friedman threw for 13 touchdowns. This year, Michigan rated 112th nationally in flitting offense and tossed fewer touchdowns than dual of a 3 triple-option use academies.

Maybe a whisperer needs to scream a small more.

Or get improved players.

Shea Patterson’s send from Ole Miss to Michigan has a feel of a game-changer.

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On paper, Harbaugh now has them, including Patterson.

None of this is to put a championship before a horse.

There is no pledge a intractably soulless NCAA will extend Patterson a waiver to play immediately. Nor is he positive anything in Ann Arbor. Critics will note Patterson gathered his large numbers in an Air Raid-style offense, and that his backup — youth college send Jordan Ta’amu — constructed likewise in his absence.

Michigan has other blue-chip passers on a roster, particularly redshirt beginner Brandon Peters and beginner Dylan McCaffrey, both 6-foot-5 prototypes rated among a tip 10 quarterbacks in their class. Patterson contingency still acquire a keys.

But to anyone suggesting Harbaugh now has too many quarterbacks, we’re guessing we have not watched most Michigan football a past dual years. There is no such thing.

At minimum, Patterson lends a Wolverines indispensable depth.

At best, he is only a conceptual playmaker Michigan needs to constraint a initial pretension of any kind given winning a Big Ten in 2004.

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Patterson, who changed from Toledo in fifth class and has given bounced from Texas to Louisiana to Florida to college in Oxford, Miss., and now Ann Arbor, was not merely a big-time awaiting desired by each module in a country. According to 247Sports’ combination rankings, he was a top-rated quarterback partisan given Southern California’s Matt Barkley in 2009. 

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Patterson has all we can’t teach: a large arm, computer-processing mind, and metaphysical feel and elusiveness in a pocket.

With him in a fold, we can make a box Michigan is a 2018 Big Ten favorite.

Not a good one, mind you. Ohio State promises to be installed as always — with a earnest immature quarterback of a possess in Dwayne Haskins — and gets Michigan in Columbus while Harbaugh contingency nonetheless infer he can win a games that count.

But tone us intrigued.

The Wolverines were a plain quarterback divided from violence Ohio State a past dual years. Now, they competence have something better, not to discuss another top-end defense. 

Michigan will be good subsequent year. 

Championship good? It could count on Patterson.

Contact David Briggs at dbriggs@theblade.com, 419-724-6084, or on Twitter @DBriggsBlade.

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