Who is Shea Patterson? Five things to know about the new Michigan quarterback

Let's learn more about transfer QB Shea Patterson, who has announces he's transferring to Michigan from Ole Miss

Marlowe Alter
Detroit Free Press
Mississippi quarterback Shea Patterson laughs while answering a reporter's question during the team's media day Aug. 2, 2017 in Oxford, Miss.

(EDITOR'S NOTE: This story originally published Dec. 7, 2017. QB Shea Patterson has since announced he's coming to Michigan.)

With Jim Harbaugh and Michigan football reportedly the front-runner to land Mississippi quarterback transfer Shea Patterson — he's supposed to visit Ann Arbor this weekend — let's learn more about the Toledo native and potential new addition to the Wolverines' quarterback room.

He was No. 1-ranked QB in 2016 recruiting class

Patterson is 6 feet 2, 203 pounds, and was a 5-star recruit and the nation's No. 1 quarterback in the 2016 class (No. 4 overall player) coming out of IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.), according to the 247Sports Composite. He captained IMG's spread offense to its first undefeated season in school history as a senior.

After his freshman year of high school in Texas, Patterson's family moved to Shreveport, La., and he led Calvary Baptist to back-to-back Louisiana Division III state championships in his sophomore and junior seasons.

He also played baseball and basketball in high school, according to his Ole Miss bio. He turns 21 on Jan. 17.

Highlights: Shea Patterson's senior year

He is compared to Johnny Manziel

Patterson is mobile and athletic, with the ability to improvise when a play breaks down, similarly to a quarterback who played in the Southeastern Conference a few years earlier: Johnny Manziel.

Manziel was known at Texas A&M for his video-game like wizardry and ability to make plays amid chaos, though Patterson is less of a runner and likes to buy time for his receivers while he runs around in the backfield.

Patterson is bigger and doesn't have the off-the-field baggage Manziel brought along with him.

His first collegiate TD pass came at A&M, on a scrambling 3-yard score, with legendary announcer Brent Musburger evoking Manziel's name as the play happened.

Patterson's freshman year highlights

Set Ole Miss' single-game passing record

Patterson was the SEC offensive player of the week after breaking Chad Kelly's single-game Ole Miss passing mark with 489 yards against Tennessee-Martin in a 45-23 win on Sept. 9. Patterson was 32-for-43 with five TDs and a pick.

"It takes more than one guy to break a record," Patterson said afterward. "Had so much help from my receivers and O-lineman. I didn't even know I had broken the record."

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Ole Miss career

As a true freshman in 2016, Patterson started the final three games for Ole Miss, then the first seven this year before suffering a season-ending knee injury.

This season, he went 166-for-260 passing (63.8 completion percentage) for 2,259 yards (320 per game, 8.7 YPA), 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions. The Rebels were 3-4 with Patterson as the starter, losing at California, Alabama and Auburn, and home vs. LSU.

Patterson ran for 169 yards as a freshman, but rushed for minus-16 yards and a score this season.

Grandfather played for the Detroit Pistons

Shea Patterson's grandfather was George Patterson, a 6-8, 230-pound center out of Pittsburgh. He went to the University of Toledo and was a 12th-round pick in the 1961 NBA draft of the Cincinnati Royals.

His lone NBA season came in 1967-68 with the Pistons, when he played in 59 games, averaging two points and 2.7 rebounds in 9.5 minutes per game. The Pistons went 40-42 that season, led by Dave Bing's 27.1 points per game in his second season, losing in six games in the Eastern Division semifinals to the eventual champion Boston Celtics. Patterson played one game in the series against a Boston team led by John Havlicek and Bill Russell.

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