Ole Miss quarterback Shea Patterson hasn’t played in many college football games yet, but it seems like it may be hard for any atmosphere to top his first one at the level.
“The craziest atmosphere was probably Kyle Field at Texas A&M,” Patterson told 247Sports on Sunday at the QB Retreat in Southern California. “Not only was it my first collegiate game, but just the atmosphere. I think they had like 103,000 people there. The jitters of the first game. Once I got that first play over with, though, it was fine.”
Patterson, a true freshman last season, played in Ole Miss’ final three games (all starts) in 2016 after his redshirt was pulled following starting quarterback Chad Kelly’s season-ending injury.
Aside from his first game at Texas A&M’s Kyle Field on Nov. 12, Patterson played at Vanderbilt’s Vanderbilt Stadium the following week on Nov. 19. His first home game at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium came against Mississippi State in the Egg Bowl to close out the regular season.
Texas A&M announced a crowd of 104,892 for its game against Ole Miss. The Vanderbilt game was played before 27,763 and the Mississippi State game before 66,038.
In his debut, Patterson had arguably his best performance, as he threw for 338 yards and two touchdowns (with one interception) while also rushing for 64 yards in a 29-28 victory. Texas A&M announced a crowd of 104,892.
Against Vanderbilt and Mississippi State, Patterson’s numbers were at least slightly down from what he put up in his debut and the Rebels lost in both games in what finished as a 5-7 campaign.
Before coming to Ole Miss, Patterson, a former five-star recruit, played at Hidalgo (Texas) High, Shreveport (La.) Calvary Baptist Academy and Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy.
Georgia quarterback Jacob Eason was among the other participants at the QB Retreat, an elite quarterback camp.
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