It didn’t take long for people to start heaping praise on to Ole Miss freshman Shea Patterson.
Patterson led the Rebels to a dramatic fourth quarter win over Texas A&M on Saturday. The freshman quarterback threw for over 300 yards and ran for another 60. Playing at Kyle Field, Brent Musberger casually threw out a comparison to Johnny Manziel.
And now one NFL Draft analyst is comparing him to another great SEC quarterback. Michael Detillier, who has put out draft guides for over 30 years and is a football analyst for WWL-870, called Patterson, “the most football-smart young quarterback I have been around since Peyton Manning.”
— The Rebel Walk (@TheRebelWalk) November 14, 2016
Patterson wasn’t even supposed to play this season. The Ole Miss coaching staff was going to redshirt him until starter Chad Kelly went down with a knee injury. Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze toyed with the idea of keeping the redshirt on before lifting it for the Texas A&M game.
The freshman quarterback was the No. 1 quarterback prospect in the country last season and a consensus 5-star recruit. He joins the likes of Jameis Winston and Josh Rosen as No. 1 ranked quarterback to throw for more than 300 yards in their first start.
Ole Miss and Patterson will have a chance to build off their win against Texas A&M and lock up bowl eligibility this coming Saturday with a win over Vanderbilt. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. ET on the SEC Network.