Jamie Uyeyama, "Football/Recruiting Analyst at Irish Sports Daily", breaks down Shea Patterson. LINK at Irish Sports Daily:
"When the line first came out for Notre Dame-Michigan, the Irish were favored......They no long are favored and the primary reason for it is the eligibility of Shea Patterson."
Answer: it indicates that chances for success are good. Check this (link) for the full story. The article's specific takeaways:
- 5 star transfers usually perform well
- Offensive fit matters a great deal
- Immediate improvement over the previous QB and general production is possible
It's a pretty small sample size, and a more granular review from Brian will be more helpful, but I think this article is reason for some cautious optimism from a non-OL perspective.
Interesting, well-written stuff (link), though I look forward to more of Brian's analysis.
To summarize, Patterson's last Ole Miss OC relied on receivers winning 1-on-1 matchups against teams with less talent and quick throws/RPOs against the 'Bama/LSUs of college football. Importantly, however, that offense did not require him to make a 'read' in the traditional sense of the word. He isn't looking at a linebacker stance as much as he's trusting his receivers to get open after they make route adjustments based on the coverages. In this context, Patterson is praised for his ability to drop the ball in a bucket and knowing where that bucket needs to go. He definitely has great tools.
The negatives start with Patterson getting spooked after LSU/'Bama DLs aged his body by a few years. Patterson's throwing mechanics (which apparently need work to begin with) are entirely abandoned and get further out-of-sync. This even showed up against Cal. Also, the author asserts that Michigan runs a ball-control offense that relies much more on precision and reads than did the Ole Miss offense. If Patterson's INT rate persists, it will be unnacceptable in this different schematic context.
Questions. I'd really appreciate it if any knowledgeable commenters can get into the weeds about his throwing motion, comparing the Ole Miss offense to Michigan, and some ideas on the probable transition cost.
Edit: Welcome back UMBig11! I hope all is well with your family, and we look forward to your insights whenever things clear up for you.
If you're done watching the Amazon doc on Michigan, and are looking for more of that kind of content, Ole Miss actually produces its own documentaries on its sports teams, titled "The Season." The quality is surprisingly high—they've won several regional Emmys—and offers a behind-the-scenes look at Shea's Ole Miss team.
Here's a link to the episode for Shea's first game, as a true freshman against Texas A&M (his part starts at the 9:52 mark):
The Angel on Shea and transfer rules in general.
Jay BilAS Chips in:
“I’m probably more on the philosophical side,” Bilas said. “As you know, the NCAA falls all over themselves to say athletes are students first and they happen to be athletes. They are not employees. If that’s true, then there should be no restriction to where they go and receive aide immediately. Any transfer restrictions are equipped with what essentially is a non-compete element in a contract.
Extensive quotes from Grant Newsome:
“It’s completely unfair to punish student-athletes who have not been involved or not known about these recruiting violations and have to stay while the coach gets a fat (television) analyst job or another high-profile coaching job. You shouldn’t be putting kids in this position where he has to go out and hire a lawyer and be under that financial burden along with the emotional burden of playing out this fight in the pseudo legal situation that’s not even an issue.
CBS has viewed the 9 page letter Shea provided to Michigan officials detailing the timeline of events and allegations against Ole Miss. They don't reveal the details of the letter yet since the case is still ongoing, but there are still some interesting bits in the article.
In a scathing nine-page rebuke of Ole Miss to the NCAA, Patterson begins by saying, "I'm not going to hold anything back …"
In his filing, Patterson said he found "a trustworthy, high-caliber coach" with "values, integrity and leadership qualities" in Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh.
Patterson stated he began having conversations with his father about transferring in the middle of October 2017. When the NCAA dropped the second year of a bowl ban on Dec. 1 that year, "I knew I'd made the right decision to leave Ole Miss."
Patterson spends most of the document describing, in detail, how he was allegedly misled by Freeze and, at times, athletic director Ross Bjork. "It doesn't seem fair to me that the only thing standing in the way of Coach Freeze making $5 million a year at another school was the discovery that he wasn't the trustworthy, straight-laced role model that he claimed to be," Patterson states.
It also sums up some of the other details about the case, most of which I think were discussed here before. And it ends with some info about the man incharge of handling the case, and his linkedin page/qualifications... but says he has no direct role in deciding the case. Worth the read imo