Earlier this week, Jim Harbaugh made the announcement that Shea Patterson would be Michigan’s starting quarterback for the season opener against Notre Dame. It was a conclusion most had already believed.

On Thursday, a little over a week away from the Wolverines’ season opener, Patterson met with the media to talk about his new role with Michigan and how he’s developed since arriving in Ann Arbor.

“I’m an ultimate competitor,” Patterson said. “I expect the most out of myself. I’m my biggest critic. But we’ve got a hell of a group of quarterbacks. We’ve got a lot of good guys and we learn and feed off each other every day.”

Patterson was in a quarterback battle with Brandon Peterson, Dylan McCaffrey and Joe Milton throughout camp.

But Patterson is confident in his abilities and believes he can be a playmaker for the Wolverines this fall, something the team has lacked under head coach Jim Harbaugh.

“Sometimes, when stuff breaks down, I can go be that playmaker you need to extend plays,” Patterson said. “I think that’s the biggest aspect of my game.”

Michigan definitely needs a playmaker under center. If Patterson is the real deal, the Wolverines could compete for a B1G title and even a spot in the College Football Playoff.