Ole Miss practiced in pads for the first time this spring last Saturday, and it didn’t take long for freshman quarterback Shea Patterson to impress coach Hugh Freeze.
The Rebels were without rising senior quarterback Chad Kelly on Saturday, as the SEC’s leading returning passer was held out of practice due to a groin injury, according to Ben Garrett of the Ole Miss Spirit.
That gave Patterson, who was the nation’s top pro-style quarterback in the Class of 2016, and rising redshirt freshman Jason Pellerin plenty of opportunities to show the coaches what they could do with the Rebels’ first team.
“Pleased,” Freeze, who met with the media prior to Monday’s practice, told reporters of both young quarterbacks. “Shea’s not a normal freshman. He’s got a good understanding of the game, but there’s still times that it moves a little fast for him because everything’s new. You’re installing stuff each day.
“Jason’s very athletic and big and strong. Chad didn’t take any snaps Saturday, and I thought those two handled it fairly well.”
Obviously, there is a lot of excitement surrounding Patterson’s future, and Pellerin has had an extra year in the system, but the early indication is that Ole Miss has some quality depth at quarterback, which should make for a fun battle next spring.
You can watch Freeze’s full gathering with the media below, courtesy of Parrish Alford of the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal: