Shea Patterson after Texas A&M win: ‘Johnny Manziel was my favorite player growing up’

Not only did Shea Patterson play well in his debut for Ole Miss, but, for him, it also was fitting too.

After leading the Rebels to a 29-28 upset win of Texas A&M on the road in the first action of his collegiate career Saturday, Patterson highlighted a notable former Aggies star who once made a name for himself on the same field.

“It’s crazy, my first start – Johnny Manziel was my favorite player growing up,” Patterson said. “It’s ironic that I get my first start at Kyle Field. It’s awesome.”

Patterson, a true freshman and former five-star prospect, threw for 338 yards and two touchdowns in the victory. Originally set to redshirt this season, Patterson had it pulled after senior quarterback Chad Kelly was lost for the year last week after tearing his ACL and lateral meniscus.

Manziel starred at Texas A&M for two seasons, in 2012 and 2013. He won the Heisman Trophy as a redshirt freshman in his first season.

On at least one play against the Aggies, Patterson looked strikingly similar to Manziel. Facing a third-and-3 from the Aggies’ 6-yard line, Patterson scrambled right, looped back around going the other way to avoid the rush and fired a pass across his body to a wide-open Damore’ea Stringfellow in the end zone for a touchdown.

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