When Shea Patterson arrived at Michigan last winter, he was faced with high (almost unfair) expectations.
Fans of the program wanted to win now, and thought Patterson could provide that. His impressive numbers at Ole Miss had some observers thinking a Heisman Trophy could be within his grasp.
Everyone — Patterson included — realized it wasn’t that easy. A season-opening loss at Notre Dame reeled all of that in. A regular-season ending loss at Ohio State confirmed that it was going to take more than just a multi-talented quarterback to get over the hump.
Which is one of the reasons Patterson says he chose to return for his senior season. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound quarterback could have declared for the NFL draft, and probably been drafted. Instead, Jim Harbaugh went out and hired a new offensive coordinator, Josh Gattis, and gave him full control of the offense.