Sources have told The Michigan Insider that Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson will return for his senior season in Ann Arbor. The news of Patterson’s return comes after he briefly flirted with the idea of declaring for the 2019 NFL Draft but those close to him advised him against the idea and to return for his final season of eligibility.
Patterson took to his Twitter account on Friday to make the news official.
— Shea Patterson (@SheaPatterson_1) December 21, 2018
Patterson told reporters in early December that he had not made up his mind regarding his plans for the draft. He said that his focus was squarely on the Wolverines’ upcoming bowl game against Florida and that a discussion with head coach Jim Harbaugh will take place in the coming weeks.
“I’m so focused on the Gators right now that I haven’t even thought about it,” Patterson told reporters in December. “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.”
“I’ve had the most fun ever in my football career, so far, suiting up here at Michigan. 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 finished the 2018 regular season with over 2,300 passing yards and 21 touchdowns en route to a 10-win season for the Wolverines. He also added over 200 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. He was named a finalist for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and was a recipient of the Offensive Player of the Year Award for the U-M program.
It’s clear that Patterson’s presence under center helped the Wolverines’ offense take a major step forward during the 2018 season. With increased connections downfield with receivers such as Nico Collins and Donovan Peoples-Jones, another year with the program only benefits the program further.
While those around Patterson do not believe he is ready for the next step just yet, Patterson has a staunch supporter in head coach Jim Harbaugh, who believes Patterson has what it takes to become a quarterback in the NFL.
“He’s playing great, there’s no question about it,” Harbaugh said during the season. “He’s got all the ability and he’s got the mind to play the game for along time at the professional level. I feel really strongly about that.”
On top of his pursuits of the NFL, Patterson was drafted in the 39th round of the MLB Draft.