26 Oct

Shea Patterson Raves About New Michigan Offense

first_imgA closeup of Michigan QB Shea Patterson throwing a pass.ATLANTA, GEORGIA – DECEMBER 29: Shea Patterson #2 of the Michigan Wolverines looks pass against the Florida Gators in the first quarter during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Shea Patterson had a solid first year as Michigan’s starting quarterback, after transferring in from Ole Miss. He could be ready to take things to the next level this year, with a big shift in the team’s offense.Jim Harbaugh is giving up the reins to the offense. He hired Alabama’s Josh Gattis to revamp that side of the ball.The new Michigan offense will likely be more of a hurry-up, no huddle system, with more run-pass options built in. Expect it to look more like the high-octane offenses that have dominated the sport as of late.After the spring game, Shea Patterson described what he likes about the new Michigan offense.From MLive:“All the playmakers around me, all the different ways we can get to where we want,” Patterson said, when asked what he likes best about the new system. “I think it’s night and day. We’re going to carry over some stuff from last year, but as far as similarities, I think there’s very, very few of them.“It’s going to be fun.”The Detroit Free Press was high on his performance during the game, saying the comparison between he and UM’s other quarterbacks on Saturday “wasn’t close.”Patterson’s poor throws could be counted on one hand. He was smooth and under control in the pocket. He was accurate on crossing routes. He made proper reads on run-pass option looks. He delivered the ball on time and in space to give receivers room to run. He avoided the rush.He looked like a senior quarterback ready for one last ride, in an offense that’s much more familiar than the one he learned on the fly a year ago. Earlier this spring, former Michigan quarterback Wilton Speight came to Ann Arbor for pro day and told reporters that, from what he had gathered, Patterson would be free of “handcuffs” when passing this year.Last year, Michigan has an elite defense, but had trouble keeping up with top offenses. The Wolverines were just 50th in total yards, and 80th in passing yards in the country.Patterson and company should see pretty big improvements if the new offense clicks as anticipated in 2019.[MLive]last_img

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