BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Chad Kelly took control of the Ole Miss offense in 2015 after leading East Mississippi to the National Junior College Championship the year before.
An injury sidelined Kelly for most of spring football drills and it opened the door for Shea Patterson to receive more reps.
Patterson, a 6-2, 190 pound freshman enrolled at Ole Miss in January after playing one season at IMG Academy in Florida. Before that Patterson led Calvary Baptist in Shreveport, Louisiana to a state title.
All recruiting services had Patterson ranked as the number one Pro Style Quarterback in high school in 2015. In four seasons, he passed for 8, 79 yards, 122 touchdowns and only 14 interceptions.
With the return of Chad Kelly at quarterback, will coach Freeze red-shirt Patterson or will he give the gifted young man valuable playing time in 2016?
Freeze said, "Way to early to decide that, but I wouldn't be afraid to play him from what I saw this spring. In my college coaching, small compared to some, but in my time he's the most college ready quarterback that I've seen coming out of high school. Very excited about Shea obviously."
Kelly and Patterson are two quality quarterbacks who give Ole Miss a one-two punch behind center. Just like Kelly, Patterson has all the tools necessary to crack the NFL ranks. Shea is waiting in the wings, but could show-off his talents when Ole Miss has a big-lead in games this coming season.