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Michigan’s Shea Patterson a finalist for QB of the year award

He may not be up for the Heisman, but Shea Patterson is putting together one impressive season at Michigan.

The junior quarterback has completed nearly 67 percent of his passes for 1,927 yards and 17 touchdowns and just three interceptions, garnering the second-highest rating among Big Ten quarterbacks.

Those numbers, combined with Michigan’s No. 4 ranking this season (9-1, 7-0 Big Ten), has turned Patterson into a finalist for a prestigious national honor.

The Shreveport, La., native is one of five quarterbacks left standing for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, it was announced Thursday by the award’s educational foundation.

Patterson joins West Virginia’s Will Grier, Missouri’s Drew Lock, Central Florida’s McKenzie Milton and Washington State’s Gardner Minshew II as finalists for the award issued yearly to the nation’s top junior or senior quarterback.

His QB rating currently sits 14th nationally, ahead of Milton, Minshew and Lock, but the other four have thrown for more yards and touchdowns.

In addition to his QB rating, Patterson’s yards per attempt (8.49) sits second in the Big Ten and his completion percentage third. 

Michigan’s offense remains one of the most potent in the Big Ten, ranking sixth in the conference in yards per game (421.9) but second — and 20th nationally — in scoring (37.2 points).

According to the school, Patterson is the third Michigan quarterback in program history to be named a finalist for the award, and the first since John Navarre in 2003. He is also one of 16 semifinalists for the Davey O’Brien Award, another national quarterback award.

The winner of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award will be unveiled on Dec. 7. 

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