Shea Patterson: First meeting with Alabama 'didn't exactly go my way'
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.
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 TheWolverine.com.