Shea Patterson was the No. 1 pro-style quarterback in the 2016 signing class, and there appears to be a strong chance he could be making his debut for Ole Miss sooner than later.
According to a report from 247Sports’ Barton Simmons, “winds out of Oxford” are suggesting that Rebels coach Hugh Freeze is considering removing the redshirt from the talented quarterback in the days following the news that star QB Chad Kelly was lost for the season after tearing his ACL during a win against Georgia Southern on Saturday.
Though Simmons is reporting multiple sources are telling him that Patterson will be the team’s starting quarterback on Saturday against Texas A&M, Freeze has yet to confirm it.
In fact, Freeze suggested that Jason Pellerin will take the majority of the first-team reps in practice this week during his press conference on Monday. That being stated, he also did not rule out any possibilities at the position, including the debut of Patterson.
.@CoachHughFreeze regarding pulling Patterson's redshirt, "I would rule nothing out today, but it would be a difficult thing to do."
— Ole Miss Football (@OleMissFB) November 7, 2016
If the Rebels go with Patterson for the remaining three games of the 2016 regular season, it seems as though that may be their best path to the six wins necessary for bowl eligibility after a 4-5 start.
However, it would obviously cost the team a year of eligibility from Patterson in the process. Of course, if Patterson turns out to be as good as many believe, many question whether he’d be willing to stick around for that extra season before entering the NFL Draft anyhow.
It will be interesting to watch this story develop during the course of the week.