Shea Patterson announces he's headed to Michigan
The Shea Patterson era in Oxford has officially ended.
The former five-star recruit announced Monday he’s headed to Michigan. Following the NCAA’s punishment following years of investigation into Ole Miss, the school recently gave Patterson permission to seek a transfer. It is unclear at this time whether Patterson will have to sit out a season, per typical NCAA transfer rules, due to the NCAA situation at Ole Miss.
Patterson visited Michigan last weekend and even attended a basketball game in Ann Arbor. Michigan students at the game actively recruited him during the game.
Monday, Patterson announced the decision to leave Ole Miss for good and head to Michigan:
— Shea Patterson (@SheaPatterson_1) December 11, 2017
While it’s never ideal to lose a player of Patterson’s caliber, Ole Miss may not be as hurt as many outsiders may think. Junior Jordan Ta’amu stepped in for Patterson this year, after the sophomore was lost for the season after suffering an injury against LSU, and arguably outperformed the former five-star prospect.
In two seasons of brief appearances, Patterson threw for 3,139 yards, 23 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He added 153 rushing yards and another score on the ground. Meanwhile, in only six games of action, Ta’amu threw for 1,682 yards, 11 touchdowns and only four interceptions. He also added 165 yards on the ground and four more scores.
More importantly than any personal statistics, Ta’amu led Ole Miss to an Egg Bowl win in Starkville.