Ole Miss star QB Shea Patterson out for the season with a knee injury

A already season derailed -- by former coach Hugh Freeze's abrupt resignation in July due to inappropriate use of a university-issued cell phone, a self-imposed bowl ban and an ongoing NCAA case -- just got even worse for Ole Miss.

Sophomore quarterback Shea Patterson will miss the rest of the season with a torn PCL in his right knee, an injury he suffered late in the first half of the Rebels' 40-24 loss to LSU Saturday night, a team spokesman confirmed. He was replaced by junior Jordan Ta'amu but did return in the second half for coach Matt Luke before Ta'amu stepped back in for mop-up duty when the game got out of hand late. 

Patterson's absence is enormous for a team that's founded on its offensive identity.

The former five-star prospect from Shreveport, Louisiana, currently leads the SEC in passing yards per game (322.7) and total offense (320.4). He will end the season with 17 touchdown pass. 

Ta'amu -- a junior college transfer from New Mexico Military Institute originally from Pearl City, Hawaii -- completed seven of his 11 passes for 78 yards in place of Patterson against the Tigers, adding 20 yards on the ground on three carries. 

Ole Miss (3-4, 1-3 SEC) will host Arkansas on Saturday at noon ET.

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Barrett Sallee has been a member of the sports media in various aspects since 2001. He is currently a college football writer for CBS Sports, analyst for CBS Sports HQ and host for the SiriusXM college... Full Bio

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