THIBODAUX — Shea Patterson was curled up in his bed.
On his television, LSU played Ole Miss in a football game at a rowdy Tiger Stadium.
“It was a humbling experience,” the Rebels backup quarterback-turned-starter said Friday.
Patterson, the former five-star quarterback signee from Shreveport, is one of a handful of counselors this weekend tutoring hundreds of youth players at the Manning Passing Academy.
For Patterson, he’s back home in Louisiana, a place he left on two occasions. He completed his high school career at IMG Academy in Florida and, some say, he snubbed LSU a year later, signing with Southeastern Conference Western Division rival Ole Miss.
He didn’t even make the trip with the Rebels for last season’s game in Baton Rouge on Oct. 22, left at home as the scout team quarterback — a move that, who knows, may have sparked him to a quick ascent.
“It was very tough. I’m a competitor. I live for this game,” Patterson said. “Tough to not be able to help out your team and play, but it was a humbling experience. I wouldn’t change it.”
THIBODAUX — Danny Etling didn’t bring cleats.
Three weeks later, Patterson made his first career start on the road against Texas A&M, replacing injured starter Chad Kelly. The Rebels won 29-28 as the rookie threw for 338 yards and two touchdowns.
He enters this season as the projected starter for an Ole Miss team that’s under oh-so serious NCAA sanctions. The school banned itself from a bowl game in 2017.
Patterson shrugs that off.
“Initially, it’s kind of tough and then you sit back and look and you still have 12 games in the best conference and an out of conference game at Cal,” he said.
“If we’re not going, you’re not going,” he said. “That’s our motto.”
THIBODAUX — Everyone knew.