The Ole Miss football program is in a transitory period. With turnover as far as the eye can see, prospects of improving on last seasons 5-7 record are suspect.
But if Rebel fans are looking for something to get excited about, look no further than quarterback Shea Patterson.
The young quarterback enters the season as the expectant starter this year. Fans were encouraged by his 880 yards and 6 touchdowns last season, while being limited to only three games.
If he’s able to put this kind of touch on the ball with regularity, you can expect a big step forward this year.
If he hopes to lead a resurgence in Ole Miss football, though, he’ll have to improve on his accuracy on the field. Being able to drop a dime into the bucket like this is an encouraging start. Of the 132 attempts that Patterson made last season, only 72 of them found their intended target.
A 54.5 percent completion percentage over the course of a season would be a big step down from two-year starter Chad Kelly.
When he was recruited, Patterson was the top ranked pro-style quarterback in the country. He’ll get the keys to the car at Ole Miss in 2017, and is expected to give them back in better shape than they were when he got it.