Ole Miss star QB Shea Patterson out for the season with a knee injury
The sophomore leads the SEC in total offense and passing
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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