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QB Wilton Speight transfers from Michigan Wolverines to UCLA Bruins

Wilton Speight UCLA Transfer

Former Michigan Wolverines QB Wilton Speight announced that he’s transferring to the UCLA Bruins on Thursday. Speight said back in November that he was transferring, but didn’t make his decision as to where until yesterday. The fifth-year player has already graduated so he can play for the Bruins immediately.

Speight started in just four games in 2017 before being sidelined for the rest of the season due to broken vertebrae against the Purdue Boilermakers. The injury was a huge blow to both the Virginia native and the Wolverines. Second string QB Brandon Peters also suffered an injury and that put John O’Korn under center. Michigan had high hopes last season but finished 8-5 after offensive struggles.

In 2016, Speight had an impressive season as a junior. He completed 61 percent of his passes for 2,538 yards. He threw 18 touchdowns to just seven interceptions. Those numbers along with a 139.8 passer rating and 7.8 yards-per-attempt average led him to be named third-team All-Big Ten. With his development coming along nicely, we named Speight as one of our top returning quarterbacks for the 2017 NCAA football season.

The Michigan Wolverines landed a top QB transfer in Shea Patterson from Ole Miss so it’s possible that they have their next QB if he can play this season. Patterson has appealed to the NCAA so he could play immediately and is awaiting a ruling on the matter. The Wolverines also return Peters and Dylan McCaffrey who will also make a push for playing time.

For the UCLA Bruins, adding Wilton Speight to the roster is a huge pickup. Josh Rosen is on his way to the NFL so the Bruins were looking for their next quarterback. Adding Speight is a great bridge to finding their next starter. Redshirt Sophomore Devon Modester was expected to fill that role before the Bruins landed Speight. K.J. Carta-Samuels intended on transferring from Washington to UCLA but ultimately decided to play at Colorado State. That is another reason as to why picking up Wilton Speight is big news for the Bruins. He’s an excellent passer and leader on the field. He’ll start right away.

UCLA made a big move in signing Chip Kelly as their head coach this offseason. Kelly needed a quarterback that could run his offense and Speight should work out fine. Jimmie Dougherty is the passing coordinator and receivers coach under Kelly at UCLA. He was an offensive analyst at Michigan in 2016 so he has built up some chemistry with Speight. On the surface, it looks like a match made in heaven.  Even though Wilton Speight’s decision came later in the offseason, things are looking up for the UCLA offense come the start of the 2018 college football season.