Friday morning’s joint press conference with Jim Harbaugh and Dan Mullen was supposed to feature nuanced back-and-forth team evaluations for tomorrow’s Peach Bowl. But what happened on stage was almost 30 minutes of exchanging pleasantries.
This is not where Shea Patterson expected him and his team to be. The junior quarterback is happy he gets to play football longer than the majority of other teams, sure, but Atlanta is not where he thought he’d be playing.
Don Brown is in Atlanta, preparing for the seventh-ranked Wolverines’ matchup with No. 10 Florida in the Peach Bowl. Thursday, for the first time since the loss to the Buckeyes and the job rumors, Brown spoke to the media.
On a team littered with returning offensive talent, Gentry would serve as a centerpiece and a safety-blanket in Patterson’s second year under center. “He’s a heck of a target,” Patterson said, after the Maryland game on Oct. 6, in which Gentry caught seven passes for 112 yards.
When Shea Patterson announced that he was coming to Ann Arbor a year ago, he was hailed as a savior. That talk, while overstated, always had the same undertone though: Patterson would likely be at Michigan for just one year. On Friday afternoon, he announced otherwise.
In total, Harbaugh and co. bring in 15 four-star players and nine three-star players to go along with Hill, the lone five-star, according to 247sports composite ranking. It will likely finish as Harbaugh’s 3rd top-10 class nationally, and, barring something unforeseen, the first time at Michigan he’s compiled the top class in the conference.