2019 Season Countdown: #1A Shea Patterson

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3Sep 2019
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2019 Season Countdown: #1A Shea Patterson

Shea Patterson

I apologize for the lateness of this post. We (as in the place where I coach) opened our season last week, so as you can imagine, things are pretty hectic.

Name: Shea Patterson
202 lbs.
High school:
Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy
Jersey number:
Last year: I ranked Patterson #1 and said he would be the starting quarterback with 3,100 yards passing, 23 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions (LINK). He was 210/325 (64.6%) for 2,600 yards, 22 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions; he also ran 76 times for 273 yards (2.6 YPC) and 2 touchdowns.
TTB Rating:

Patterson came to Michigan at just the right time in the 2017-2018 off-season. After a 2017 season in which all the quarterbacks – Wilton Speight, John O’Korn, and Brandon Peters – struggled, the position was in flux. Speight was leaving, O’Korn was graduating, Peters had struggled, Dylan McCaffrey didn’t seem ready, and incoming freshman Joe Milton was thought to be very raw. Without Patterson transferring in, there’s no telling how hot Jim Harbaugh’s seat would be right now. In an alternate universe, does he land a grad transfer? Does McCaffrey start and avoid breaking his collarbone? It could have been ugly.

But it wasn’t. Patterson stabilized the position, even if he wasn’t an All-American. His 22-to-7 TD-to-INT rate was solid, and he made the throws that were there to make. Unlike Speight and O’Korn, he completed deep throws, even if he sometimes left them a little short and gave defenders a chance to tackle after the catch. It has been several years since Michigan had a quarterback who threw a consistent deep ball, probably going all the way back to Chad Henne . . . and he struggled to take anything off the short stuff.

Patterson also managed to run some zone read stuff with aplomb, making several key plays on keepers; that included an 81-yard run against the Wisconsin Badgers and some big chain-movers against Northwestern, among others. Michigan has been blessed with decent-to-great runners at quarterback over the last decade (Denard Robinson, Devin Gardner, Jake Rudock, Patterson), but Patterson might be the best passer of them all.

Going into the 2019 season, Michigan needs Patterson to be healthy and at the top of his game. The running back position has question marks, and so does the defense. The receivers, though, when they’re healthy, are some of the best players at their positions in the country. If Michigan plans to beat Ohio State and make a run at the College Football Playoff, they need Patterson, his accuracy, and his leadership to get the ball where it needs to go in this offense. As hyped as McCaffrey is, we have yet to see him show the ability to sit in the pocket and pick apart a competent defense, even for a short stint. Michigan could still be decent without Patterson, but the games against Penn State, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Notre Dame, and of course OSU would become much more difficult.

Prediction: Starting quarterback; 3200 yards, 27 touchdowns, 8 interceptions

3Sep 2019
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Michigan vs. Middle Tennessee State Awards

Zach Charbonnet (image via MLive)

Let’s see more of this guy on offense . . . Zach Charbonnet. The true freshman earned the first start for a freshman in a season opener since Sam McGuffie in 2008. And let me throw out the suggestion that Charbonnet will have a better career in a Michigan uniform (McGuffie had 486 rushing yards, 175 receiving yards, and 4 touchdowns in his one season in Ann Arbor). Charbonnet had 8 carries for 90 yards and 2 catches for 9 yards. He showed some toughness, vision, pass catching ability, pass blocking ability, and a little bit of speed.

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2Sep 2019
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Visitors: Michigan vs. Middle Tennessee State

Brenden Rice (image via 247 Sports)

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Maliq Carr – WR – Oak Park (MI) Oak Park: Carr is a 6’4″, 230-pounder with offers from Georgia, LSU, Michigan, and Purdue, among others. He’s a 4-star, the #5 tight end, and #193 overall. His crystal ball is 75% for Purdue, where he has also been given a chance to play basketball, and 25% for Michigan. Purdue also wants him as a wide receiver, and while Michigan has supposedly warmed up to that idea, they initially wanted him as a tight end-type substance.

Theo Johnson – TE – Windsor (Ontario) Holy Names: Johnson is a 6’6″, 240 lb. prospect with offers from Alabama, Georgia, Michigan, and Penn State, among others. He’s a 4-star, the #3 tight end, and #95 overall. His crystal balls are 50% for Penn State and 50% cloudy. UPDATE: Johnson is no longer visiting this week but will be in town for the MSU game.

Braiden McGregor – DE – Port Huron (MI) Northern: McGregor is committed to Michigan (LINK).

Makari Paige – S – West Bloomfield (MI) West Bloomfield: Paige is committed to Michigan (LINK).

Brenden Rice – WR – Chandler (AZ) Hamilton: Rice is a 6’2″, 204 lb. prospect with offers from Arizona State, Michigan, Oregon, and UCLA, among others. He’s a 3-star, the #69 wide receiver, and #396 overall. He’s the biological son of NFL Hall of Famer Jerry Rice. His crystal ball is 100% for Michigan.

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2Sep 2019
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Ex-Wolverine Updates: Week 1

Brandon Peters (image via Alton Telegraph)


Brian Cole, S (Mississippi State): Cole made 3 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, and 1 kickoff return for 18 yards in a 38-28 win over Louisiana-Lafayette.

Kekoa Crawford, WR (Cal): Crawford made 3 catches for 84 yards and 2 touchdowns in a 27-13 win over UC-Davis.

Ja’Raymond Hall, OT (Central Michigan): Hall did not play in the 38-21 win over South Dakota State.

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1Sep 2019
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Michigan 40, Middle Tennessee 21

Zach Charbonnet (image via Detroit News)

There’s a lot that we could get into with the new offense, so I think it might be best to just go position-by-position on that side of the ball.

The two-quarterback thing needs to be nixed. Jim Harbaugh and Josh Gattis are probably trying to make Dylan McCaffrey happy by putting him on the field with Shea Patterson, but it’s a bad move. The offense isn’t in sync when both are on the field. Whoever’s behind center is late getting the play off, and then they threw an inside screen to McCaffrey, who was immediately swarmed under by big guys. Why put your lanky backup QB in a situation where he catches a ball three yards away from 250+ pound defensive linemen and linebackers?

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