Shea Patterson will throw two interceptions
Shea Patterson is extremely talented. The 2016 No. 1 quarterback out of high school deserves to have some respect on his name. Michigan has been hyped about the Ole Miss transfer and rightfully so.
With what Michigan had to deal with last season under center, this is a huge step up. But after week one, the Wolverines might have some doubt.
Patterson will go out there and get his own when it comes to passing yards. He makes plays that a lot of others simply can’t. That was on display at Ole Miss.
While he’s made some impressive plays, he’s shown some struggles as well. Last season in only seven games, Patterson threw nine interceptions. In 10 total games for Ole Miss, he’s thrown 12 interceptions. Most notable last year were his struggles against better teams.
Against Alabama in 2017, Peterson threw for 48 percent and two interceptions. Against LSU, Peterson’s last game, the Tigers found better ways to disrupt the quarterback. The Tigers held him to a 43 percent completion rate as well as three interceptions. He didn’t throw for a single touchdown in either game.
Now against Notre Dame, you have to look at the situation.
Peterson has played 10 games over the last two seasons. Both were cut short due to ACL and PCL injuries. He is now the transfer that is supposed to change everything for Michigan. His first game for the Wolverines is the revival of the Notre Dame Michigan series and is being played at Notre Dame Stadium.
This is an extremely difficult task for anyone.
Patterson is going to have to put a lot on his shoulders in just week one. Add to the fact that Notre Dame’s season will be anchored by the talented defensive core that they have and there’s a lot that can rattle the QB.
He’s not obtaining a better Wide Receiver core at Michigan compared to Ole Miss either.
The task could easily become too much for the new Wolverine QB. Two interceptions is the least he walks out of South Bend with.