It will not take much longer for Notre Dame to know who the starting quarterback for Michigan will be when the two teams open the 2018 season.
Former Ole Miss quarterback Shea Patterson will reportedly be granted a waiver by the NCAA and will be immediately eligible to play for the Wolverines, according to The Detroit News’ Angelique S. Chengelis.
UPDATE: The NCAA announced Friday afternoon Patterson will be eligible to play immediately at Michigan. All signs point to him starting in Week 1 versus Notre Dame.
Patterson transferred from Ole Miss in December and requested a waiver, stating that he was misled by former Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze in regards to pending NCAA violations. The Rebels are currently on probation for three years and has another year left on a two-year bowl ban.
Chengelis reports that an official announcement will be made soon after the completion of some paperwork.
Patterson was the top-rated quarterback and the No. 4 overall player in the Class of 2016, according to 247Sports.com’s composite rankings. In his two years at Ole Miss, he threw for 3,139 yards, 23 touchdowns and 12 interceptions while completing 60.7 percent of his passes.
“He’s a playmaker,” Michigan pass-game coordinator Pep Hamilton said, according to Chengelis. “If you watched any of his film, it’s obvious that he can extend plays with his legs and he can make all the throws.”
Notre Dame will host Michigan on Sept. 1 for the first time since 2014.
Patterson has competed with fellow quarterbacks Brandon Peters, Dylan McCaffery and Joe Milton this spring. Peters played in six games last season, completing 52.8 percent of his passes for 678 yards and four touchdowns.
The Fighting Irish ranked 53rd in the country last season in passing defense, allowing 214.7 yards per game.