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Here's The Latest Update On Shea Patterson's Eligibility At Michigan

General view of Michigan Stadium during the Michigan Football Spring Game on April 1, 2016 at Michigan Stadium.

ANN ARBOR, MI - APRIL 01: General view of Michigan Stadium during the Michigan Football Spring Game on April 1, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

The ongoing case regarding Shea Patterson's eligibility at Michigan is one of the major off-season story lines in college football.

Patterson, a former five-star recruit who played two seasons at Ole Miss, is petitioning the NCAA to be immediately eligible this season. He transferred from Ole Miss in December in the wake of NCAA sanctions.

Patterson and other former Rebels are claiming they were misled by their coaches at Ole Miss and are asking the NCAA to allow them to compete right away at their new programs.

No ruling on Patterson has been made yet, but his lawyer Thomas Mars told ESPN that he is encouraged by the latest developments. The NCAA has asked for more information from Michigan and Patterson, which they expect to send over in the coming days.

Mars said there's no specific timetable for when they expect a final answer, but it's clear "the NCAA isn't dragging their feet on the waiver request and won't take any more time than is necessary."

"I'm encouraged by this particular request," Mars said. "From my perspective, the questions Shea's case manager asked are the right ones to be asking."

Patterson has been able to practice with Michigan this spring. If he is declared eligible, he becomes the overwhelming favorite to start at quarterback for the Wolverines this year.

Right now, sophomore Brandon Peters and redshirt freshman Dylan McCaffrey would be Patterson's main competition at quarterback. There is also the chance that former starter Wilton Speight elects to return to the program after initially saying he would pursue a graduate transfer.

Michigan opens up its 2018 season at Notre Dame on Sept. 1.