Buckeye Battle Cry: With Shea Patterson Being Declared Eligible, How Worried Are You About Michigan

Buckeye Battle Cry: With Shea Patterson Being Declared Eligible, How Worried Are You About Michigan

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Buckeye Battle Cry: With Shea Patterson Being Declared Eligible, How Worried Are You About Michigan


Michigan, it appears, has its quarterback with Ole Miss transfer Shea Patterson being declared eligible immediately. Does his insertion into the quarterback race in Ann Arbor worry you about Michigan’s chances against Ohio State next year? We discuss in our latest Buckeye Battle Cry.


 

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Buckeye Battle Cry: With Shea Patterson Being Declared Eligible, How Worried Are You About Michigan

It’s finally done. After what seems like a Michigan dry spell against Ohio State, Ole Miss transfer Shea Patterson has been declared immediately eligible to play in Ann Arbor.

Michigan and Patterson had to appeal for an exception to the one-year residency transfer rule in order for him to be eligible to make an immediate impact, and it’s a done deal.

The question at hand then is does his ability to be a part of all the Maize and Blue fun in 2018 worry you at all about the Wolverines ability to come down to Columbus and shock Ohio State next year? Or, will it be more of the same.

I’ll kick it off this time …

Contact/Follow Phil Harrison

At the least, it makes things interesting. Let’s not forget that Patterson’s not a lock to even win the starting spot. Brandon Peters returns and has the most experience, redshirt freshman Dylan McCaffrey (Run DMC) has had praise heaped upon him by players and coaches, and incoming freshman Joe Milton might have the highest ceiling of them all.

Still, I believe when all the smoke clears, Patterson will be the guy. But that doesn’t really worry me this year, it might next. We have to remember that the dual-threat QB who has a little Johnny Manziel in him is coming off of a season ending injury, and hasn’t even got acclimated to the new playbook he’ll be asked to ingest.

Now don’t get me wrong. Patterson has the skills, potential, and ability to finally give Harbaugh his QB he’s so desperately been searching for, I’m just not sure he’s the best fit for the pro-style offense yet, and it’ll take time.

Get back to me next year on this one.

Contact/Follow Mark Russell

I agree for the most part Phil. Michigan’s QB situation was an absolute mess last season. Bringing in a transfer who has some talent, but still needs to learn the system could lead to more headaches for Coach Khakis.

With that said, I don’t think I’m too worried about Patterson getting the Wolverines over the hump in Columbus this year. Even if he has talent, what could Patterson have experienced in Oxford that could prepare him for The Game in The ‘Shoe? The Egg Bowl? I can’t see it.

With that said, I remember all too well the 80’s and 90’s and witnessed several less talented Michigan team dash my hopes and dreams. In a rivalry of this magnitude, you can throw records and talent out the window. I’m always a little nervous, but I believe the Bucks will come out victorious in 203 days (or whatever math Charles Woodson want to give us) regardless who is under center for the Maize and Blue.

Contact/Follow Terry Johnson

I wasn’t exactly afraid of TTUN before Patterson’s transfer. After all, it has only posted two wins against Ohio State since 2001. One of those W’s was against interim head coach Luke Fickell.

In other words, I am as afraid of TTUN as I am of Pete the Cat.

The addition of Patterson doesn’t change anything. Sure, he’s a great player and his presence in the lineup would make the Wolverines better. However, he struggled against the two best defenses he played last season. In starts against Alabama and LSU, Patterson completed just 46% of his passes with zero touchdowns and five picks. He also failed to eclipse the 200-yard barrier in either contest.

Why did I cherry pick those games? Simple: those are the only defenses he faced that are as good as Ohio State’s. Considering that the Buckeye pass rush could be even better this year than it was last year, I like OSU’s chances in The Game again this season – regardless of who plays QB for TTUN.

 

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