Shea Patterson is Ole Miss' quarterback of the future, and in Oxford, the future is now.
2016 has been a lost season for the Ole Miss Rebels, after the team entered with high expectations, led by star quarterback Chad Kelly. Kelly tore his ACL against Georgia Southern last Saturday, and is out for the year. In his stead, the Rebels will reportedly burn the redshirt of former five-star recruit Shea Patterson, the No. 1 pro-style quarterback in the class of 2016.
Bleacher Report's Barrett Sallee broke the news on Twitter.
It is unclear whether Patterson will start or come in during the game, although if Ole Miss is ready to groom him for next season, it only really makes sense for him to play as many snaps as possible.
As a high school senior, Patterson played at powerhouse IMG Academy in Florida, after winning the Elite 11 MVP Award in the summer of 2015. Back in June, former Dallas Cowboys vice president of player personnel Gil Brandt said that he believes Patterson is the "next great college QB" that NFL teams will look to move up for once he hits the NFL Draft.
It is hard to be happy with a 4-5 season, but Ole Miss fans definitely have something to look forward to with Patterson's debut this weekend.