Former Michigan QB Wilton Speight Named Starter At UCLA


Wilton Speight, a former MI quarterback, gets the nod for the Bruins here.

The senior quarterback who just transferred from MI will get his first taste of the Pac-12 this weekend as Chip Kelly announced that Wilton Speight has gotten the nod. Speight opened the past two seasons as the starter for Jim Harbaugh at MI.

This, of course, means that true freshman Dorian Thompson-Robinson will have to bide his time and wait his turn while Kelly entrusts his offense to a more experienced hand.

Chip Kelly speaks to the media during a press conference after being introduced as UCLA's new Football Head Coach on November 27, 2017 in Westwood, California. Saying Speight is immobile would be putting it kindly, but he proved during his time at MI that he can be a pretty efficient passer.

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Besides Speight's unnatural fit in this Kelly offense, there are also his injury concerns. Thompson-Robinson, a 6-foot-2 dual-threat, is a top-50 recruit who is considered the Bruins' quarterback of the future.

As recently as Wednesday, Kelly maintained a level of covertness about his quarterback situation that Nick Saban would be proud of.

Speight started 16 games at MI, passing for 3,192 passing yards with 22 touchdowns and ten interceptions.

Speight entered the 2017 season with the Wolverines as the starter behind center for MI until he fractured three vertebrae in a game at Purdue.