Shea Patterson is wrapping up his college career in the Citrus Bowl, and he is facing off against a team he saw during his time in the SEC.

Patterson started his career at Ole Miss, appearing in 10 games from 2016-17. He appeared in limited action in 2016 before winning the starting job in 2017. Unfortunately, an injury cut that season short.

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Before his season was ended, Patterson did get the opportunity to play Alabama at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa. He was asked about that game during his Citrus Bowl press conference appearance on Sunday.

“It didn’t exactly go my way,” said Patterson with a small smile. “I just remember going and playing in that game as a freshman. I was a completely different player back then, and I was just happy to get the experience.”

Needless to say, it was a rather rough outing for Patterson. He completed just 48.3% of passes in the game for 165 yards and threw two picks. Alabama rolled to a 66-3 victory.

It should be echoed, as Patterson said, he is a much different player now with a lot of growth and experience under his belt. That 2017 Alabama team was also a different animal, going on to win the College Football Playoff that season.

Hopefully, Patterson has a better outing and can lead Michigan to a bowl win against Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide. You can check out all of Patterson’s press conference comments here, courtesy of