Shea Patterson is thinking big after announcing his transfer from Ole Miss to Michigan.
In a piece published by The Blade’s Kyle Rowland on Wednesday, the former Rebels quarterback explained his thought process behind announcing his decision to transfer Monday.
One of the driving forces behind his move? A chance to play for a national championship.
Here’s more from Rowland’s story:
“I’m really not one to jump ship on anything,” the Toledo native said. “But I’m really big on setting goals and achieving them. I did that throughout high school. One of the main goals was to win a national championship. At Ole Miss, I didn’t have an opportunity to do that. Things didn’t shake out the way I planned — coach [Hugh Freeze] got fired, the two-year bowl ban. I couldn’t look back on it after college and say I never got an opportunity to play for something like that.”
Patterson makes good points. He entered Ole Miss as the No. 1 pro-style quarterback for the Class of 2016. With the Rebels not eligible for a bowl game next season, it’s not surprising to learn that he wanted to go to a place where he could compete for a title.
We’ll see if Patterson will be eligible next year. Usually, a player must sit out a season after transferring before being eligible to play. However, Patterson hopes the NCAA will grant his waiver because of Ole Miss’ circumstances with the program’s NCAA penalties.
Patterson threw for 3,139 yards with 23 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in parts of two seasons with the Rebels.