Shea Patterson has yet to learn his eligibility status for the 2018 season. The former Ole Miss quarterback will soon file an appeal with the NCAA with the hopes of getting immediate eligibility at Michigan.
It looks like we’ve learned what jersey number Patterson will wear with the Wolverines, though. It’s a new one.
Patterson has changed his Twitter avatar to a photoshopped image of him in a Michigan jersey. It has him wearing No. 2.
That’s a change from his Ole Miss days. The former 5-star recruit wore No. 20 with the Rebels.
Michigan had two players wearing No. 2 in 2017. One was a defensive player, so his wouldn’t have to change. The other was freshman wideout Oliver Martin. For Patterson to wear No. 2, Martin would have to change his, unless they were never going to be on the field together (which obviously isn’t possible for a QB and a WR).
Patterson explained his freshman season why he wore No. 20. From the Oxford Eagle:
Why does Shea Patterson wear 20?
Simple. Patterson’s late grandfather George Patterson played for the Detroit Pistons in the 1967-68 seasons and wore number 20. When Patterson began practice with Ole Miss this spring as an early enrollee, he had to chose a number and the number 7 he wore at IMG Academy was being worn at Ole Miss by quarterback Jason Pellerin.
The change to No. 2 isn’t official yet. A Michigan spokesman said at the time of Patterson’s transfer that his number was undecided.