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Michigan QB Shea Patterson drafted by the Texas Rangers in MLB draft

He’ll play football in 2018, though.

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Former Ole Miss quarterback and recent Michigan transfer Shea Patterson was selected in the 39th round of the MLB draft by the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night. Patterson, who played for Calvary Baptist High School in Louisiana for three seasons before transferring to IMG for football, will undoubtedly pass on the Rangers’ opportunity to suit up for the Wolverines this fall.

Patterson isn’t the only expected starter on the gridiron to have his name called by an MLB team. On Monday, Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray was selected ninth overall by the Oakland A’s. Like Patterson, he’ll play football this season.

Per MaxPreps, as a freshman in high school, Patterson had a .364 batting average in 77 at-bats, one home run, six extra-base hits, and 19 RBI. Since high school though, Patterson hasn’t played collegiate baseball for Michigan or Ole Miss.

We’ve seen this happen to quarterbacks before, too. In 2010, Clemson quarterback and Rockies first-round pick Kyle Parker signed a deal that let him play quarterback the following fall before joining the Rockies’ system. As of Wednesday night, the A’s reportedly have a $5 million deal in place that would allow Murray to play football this fall, just like Parker.

Clearly, the two quarterbacks’ situations are pretty different — getting selected ninth overall obviously weighs more heavily then getting picked in the 39th round.

Patterson was the No. 4 player overall in 2016’s 247Sports Composite. He started three games as a true freshman, then the first seven as a sophomore before getting hurt. Patterson then transferred to Michigan and was granted immediate eligibility following the NCAA sanctions and Hugh Freeze getting fired at Ole Miss.

At the very least, this gives both guys options if their football careers don’t pan out as planned.