ANN ARBOR — Should he stay or should he go. That’s the dilemma Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson is faced with as the Wolverines are preparing to take on Florida in the Peach Bowl. Should Patterson forgo his final season of eligibility and enter the NFL Draft or does he stay and return for his senior season?
When asked about his pending decision after the football program’s award show at Crisler on Sunday, Patterson didn’t commit to staying or going. Instead, pushed back the discussion of his future after the Peach Bowl takes place.
“I’m so focused on the Gators right now that I haven’t even thought about it,” Patterson said. “I’ll sit down with Coach Harbaugh pretty soon, maybe after the bowl, I will talk to him and talk to him about it and talk it over with my family. I’m just so excited, I’m just ready to suit up again.”
While Patterson did confirm that he will play in the Peach Bowl, he didn’t offer up much of anything in regards to where things stand. When asked about his one year in Ann Arbor, he cherished his time on campus with his full attention focused squarely on the Florida Gators.
“I’ve had the most fun ever in my football career, so far, suiting up here at Michigan,” Patterson said. “It’s been such an honor to do it. I think there’s a lot more to be done. Like I said, I’m just excited to get one more win and possibly finish in the top five of the country. That would be pretty big for us. We’ll discuss further down the road with Coach Harbaugh and my family.”
Patterson’s roommate Chase Winovich, who was sitting at the podium with Patterson, went through a similar situation last season before ultimately deciding to stay for his senior. The statistics showed that was a smart move for his NFL future.
In regards to Patterson, Winovich won’t be lobbying his roommate to return. Instead, only offering advice if the star quarterback asks for it even though he did offer a compelling argument for him to stay.
“I’m going to lobby Shea Patterson to make the best decision for Shea Patterson,” Winovich said. “At the end of the day, Shea knows just as much as I do how great this university is. I would say to any recruit or any potential guy that sees maybe what happened in the Ohio State or is persuaded against coming here because of that, I would say that alone is a mirage and what we’ve built here is a powerhouse. That’s the Michigan I’m leaving. A Michigan that’s headed in this trajectory where the sky is the limit. Not to quote Buzz Lightyear here but it’s infinity and beyond with what we’re working with here. Shea knows that. Shea knows that limitless potential. He could deal with that how he pleases.”