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Jim Harbaugh Officially Names Michigan's Starting Quarterback

Jim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines runs onto the field prior to the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions.

STATE COLLEGE, PA - NOVEMBER 21: Jim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines run onto the field prior to the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium on November 21, 2015 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Evan Habeeb/Getty Images)

Since he was declared immediately eligible this offseason, Shea Patterson was presumed to be the starter for Michigan this coming season. Today, it became official.

Jim Harbaugh has officially declared Patterson the starter for Michigan's season opener against Notre Dame on Sept. 1. The Ole Miss transfer beat out Brandon Peters, Dylan McCaffrey and Joe Milton.

Harbaugh confirmed the news at today's M Club of Ann Arbor Luncheon.

In two seasons at Ole Miss, Patterson threw for 3,139 yards, 23 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. The Louisiana native left Ole Miss in the wake of the ongoing NCAA scandal.

The Wolverines are ranked 14th in the opening AP Poll, which was released today. Michigan's defense is slated to be outstanding, so the offense might be the only thing holding the team back from potentially winning the Big Ten.

In order for Michigan to fully realize its potential, it needs Patterson to play and play well. On paper, he gives them the best chance to be an explosive offensive team.

Michigan will open up its 2018 season at Notre Dame on Sept. 1. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC.