Shea Patterson

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Shea Patterson
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Patterson in 2018
Michigan Wolverines – No. 2
Position Quarterback
Class Junior
Career history
High school Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy
Personal information
Born: (1997-01-17) January 17, 1997 (age 21)
Toledo, Ohio
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 203 lb (92 kg)
Career highlights and awards
  • Stats at

Shea Christopher Patterson (born January 17, 1997) is an American football quarterback for the Michigan Wolverines. Before transferring to the University of Michigan, Patterson began his college football career at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss).

Early years

Patterson attended Hidalgo High School in Hidalgo, Texas as a freshman in 2012. In December of that year, he committed to the University of Arizona to play college football. After his freshman year, his family moved to Shreveport, Louisiana after his father moved the family for a new job.[1] In Shreveport, he attended Calvary Baptist Academy, where he was a standout on the football team.[2] Patterson threw for 2,655 yards with 34 touchdowns as a sophomore and 2,428 passing yards, 38 touchdowns as a junior.[3] In July 2014, he decomitted from Arizona.[4] In February 2015, he committed to the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss).[5][6][7] Prior to his senior year in 2015, Patterson transferred to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.[8]

Patterson was rated by all four of the major recruiting services (,, ESPN, and as the best pro-style quarterback in his class.[9][10][11][12] He was regarded as a 5-star prospect by Scout, Rivals, and 247Sports, and a 4-star by ESPN. He was the 4th-highest rated recruit overall on the 247Sports Composite, which aggregates the ratings of the four recruiting services.[12]

College career

Ole Miss


Patterson enrolled early at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) and was tabbed as the second quarterback on the depth chart, along with second-year freshman Jason Pellerin, going into 2016 fall camp.[13]

With Chad Kelly as the starting quarterback, Patterson was slated to sit out 2016 as a redshirt freshman. He became the starting quarterback after Kelly tore his ACL, losing Patterson's redshirt season. Patterson made his debut on November 12, 2016, leading the Rebels to a comeback victory over Texas A&M while completing 25 of 42 pass attempts for 338-yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. His first career touchdown was a six-yard pass to wide receiver Damore'ea Stringfellow. Later in the game, Patterson cut the Aggies' lead to 28–26 when he threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to Van Jefferson with 5:17 remaining in the game. The Rebels went ahead 39-yard field goal with only 37 seconds remaining, and the score would hold.[14][15]

The following week, Patterson earned his second career start, against Vanderbilt, and completed 20 of 42 pass attempts for 222-yards and two touchdowns during the Rebel's 38–17 loss.[15] On November 27, 2016, Patterson completed 27 of 48 pass attempts for 320 passing yards and two touchdowns and two interceptions in a 55–20 loss to Mississippi State. He finished his true freshman season completing 72 of 132 pass attempts for 880 passing yards, six touchdowns, and three interceptions in three starts and one victory.[16]


Patterson was named the starter for Ole Miss heading into the 2017 season as a sophomore. Before the season began, Ole Miss was mired in controversy due to an NCAA investigation that found numerous violations of organization rules, including a lack of institutional control. In response, in February 2017, Ole Miss self-imposed a bowl ban for the 2017 season.[17] In another controversy, Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze resigned in July 2017 after it was reported that he made several calls to escort services using university phones.[18] Co-offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Matt Luke was named interim head coach.

In the first two games of the season, Shea garnered national attention by throwing for a combined 918 yards and 9 touchdown passes against South Alabama and UT Martin. In his game against UT Martin, he set the Ole Miss school record for passing yards in a single game with 489 yards.[19] Patterson's success began to taper, however, as the Rebels lost four of their next five games, with Patterson throwing eight interceptions to his eight touchdowns during that span. The sole win came against Vanderbilt, where Patterson threw for 351 yards and 4 touchdowns in the 57–35 victory.[20]

Patterson went down with a knee injury in Ole Miss's game against LSU on October 21. The next day it was revealed that Patterson had suffered a torn PCL and would miss the remainder of the season. At the time of his injury, he led the SEC in passing yards with 2,259 yards.[21]

After the conclusion of the 2017 season, it was announced that Ole Miss would be banned from the postseason again in 2018 due to the NCAA violations. Shortly thereafter, Patterson sought and was granted permission to explore a transfer to another school.[22]



Patterson playing for Michigan in 2018

On December 11, 2017, Patterson announced he would be transferring to Michigan.[23] Normally, NCAA football student-athletes who transfer schools with more than a year of eligibility remaining must sit out a year before being eligible to play. Patterson sought a waiver in order to be eligible for play immediately at Michigan, claiming that he had been misled by Ole Miss coaches during his recruitment regarding the ongoing NCAA investigation.[24] Ole Miss formally objected to Patterson's waiver appeal, saying they did not agree with Patterson's stated reasons for transferring.[25] On April 27, 2018, it was announced that Patterson would be immediately eligible to play for Michigan. A new amendment to transfer waiver guidelines approved by the NCAA led to the withdrawal of Patterson's first waiver application and the submission of a new application supported by both Michigan and Ole Miss, which was approved by the NCAA.[26]

Patterson was named the starting quarterback going into Michigan's 2018 season opener against Notre Dame.[27] He struggled to get the Wolverine offense moving in that game, as Michigan scored only one offensive touchdown in a 24–17 loss to the Fighting Irish. Patterson threw for 227 yards and one interception in the game.[28]


  Passing Rushing
Season Team GP Rating Att Comp Pct Yds TD Int Att Yds Avg TD
2016 Ole Miss 3 121.0 132 72 54.5 880 6 3 41 169 4.1 0
2017 Ole Miss 7 151.5 260 166 63.8 2,259 17 9 47 -16 -0.3 1
Career 10 141.2 392 238 60.7 3139 23 12 88 153 1.7 1


Personal life

Shea Patterson's parents are Sean and Karen Patterson and his grandfather, George Patterson, played for the Detroit Pistons. His older brother, Sean, is an associate player personnel analyst with the Ole Miss football staff.[13]

Patterson played baseball in high school, and during the offseason before his first year at Michigan, Patterson was selected in the 39th round of the 2018 MLB Draft by the Texas Rangers.[30]


  1. ^ Silva, Dennis (May 30, 2013). "Hidalgo standout Patterson, family departing for Louisiana". The Monitor.
  2. ^ Vines, Matt (August 6, 2014). "Calvary QB Patterson's ready for Cavs' season". Shreveport Times.
  3. ^ Cronin, Courtney (July 13, 2015). "Ole Miss commit Shea Patterson transferring to IMG Academy". The Clarion-Ledger.
  4. ^ Berk, Daniel (July 28, 2014). "5-star QB Shea Patterson decommits from Arizona Wildcats". Arizona Daily Star.
  5. ^ Hamilton, Gerry (Feb 17, 2015). "QB Patterson commits to Ole Miss for 2016". ESPN.
  6. ^ Sinor, Wesley (February 17, 2015). "Ole Miss lands commitment from 5-star quarterback Shea Patterson". Alabama Media Group.
  7. ^ Johnson, Chris (February 17, 2015). "Five-star recruit Shea Patterson lifts Ole Miss' QB hopes". Sports Illustrator.
  8. ^ Smith, James (July 13, 2015). "Ole Miss QB commit Shea Patterson leaving Calvary Baptist for IMG Academy". The Times-Picayune.
  9. ^ "Shea Patterson, Mississippi QB". Scout Recruiting. Archived from the original on March 6, 2016.
  10. ^ "Shea Patterson".
  11. ^ "Football Recruiting - Shea Patterson". Retrieved May 2, 2018.
  12. ^ a b "Shea Patterson, IMG Academy, Pro-Style Quarterback". Retrieved May 2, 2018.
  13. ^ a b "Ole Miss Rebels: Shea Patterson". Retrieved November 16, 2016.
  14. ^ "Texas A&M Vs. ole Miss Recap". Retrieved November 25, 2016.
  15. ^ a b "Sports-References:Shea Patterson". Retrieved November 16, 2016.
  16. ^ "CFB stats: Shea Patterson". Retrieved January 3, 2017.
  17. ^ "Ole Miss self-imposes 1-year bowl ban following NCAA investigation - FOX Sports". Fox Sports. February 22, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  18. ^ "Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze made call to number tied to escort service". Retrieved July 21, 2017.
  19. ^ Associated Press (September 9, 2017). "Patterson throws 5 TD passes in Ole Miss win, 45-23". Retrieved May 2, 2018.
  20. ^ Associated Press (October 14, 2017). "Patterson leads Mississippi over Vanderbilt 57-35". Retrieved May 2, 2018.
  21. ^ Feldman, Bruce (October 22, 2017). "Ole Miss QB Shea Patterson Out For Season With Knee Injury". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved May 2, 2018.
  22. ^ Morales, Antonio (December 2, 2017). "Source: Ole Miss gives Shea Patterson permission to explore transfer". Clarion Ledger. Retrieved May 2, 2018.
  23. ^ Cole, Nick (December 11, 2017). "Shea Patterson writes heartfelt note to Ole Miss announcing he will transfer to Michigan". Retrieved May 2, 2018.
  24. ^ Dodd, Dennis (February 1, 2018). "Ole Miss transfers building appeal cases proving they were misled by Hugh Freeze". CBS Sports. Retrieved May 2, 2018.
  25. ^ Dodd, Dennis (April 9, 2018). "Ole Miss formally objected to Michigan transfer Shea Patterson's waiver appeal". CBS Sports. Retrieved May 2, 2018.
  26. ^ Ablauf, David; Shepard, Chad (April 27, 2018). "Joint Statement from Michigan and Mississippi Regarding Shea Patterson". Retrieved May 2, 2018.
  27. ^ Murphy, Dan (August 20, 2018). "Shea Patterson beats out Brandon Peters as Michigan's starting QB".
  28. ^ Associated Press (September 2, 2018). "Green-out: No. 12 Notre Dame beats No. 14 Michigan 24-17".
  29. ^ "". ESPN.
  30. ^ Moriarty, Morgan (June 6, 2018). "Michigan QB Shea Patterson drafted by the Texas Rangers in MLB draft". SB Nation. Retrieved June 12, 2018.

External links

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  • Michigan profile
  • Ole Miss profile
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