Former Michigan quarterback Wilton Speight announced that he is transferring to UCLA on Thursday, ending months of speculation as to where the graduate transfer would end up.
Speight threw for 2,538 yards, 18 touchdowns and seven interceptions as the Wolverines’ starting quarterback in 2016, when they opened the season on a nine-game win streak. Speight started the first four games for Michigan last season, but suffered a serious back injury against Purdue that sidelined him for the rest of the season.
Speight will join the Bruins after the departure of quarterback Josh Rosen, who is expected to be a top pick in the NFL Draft later this month. Speight joins sophomore Devon Modster and redshirt freshman Dorian Thompson-Robinson at UCLA. The Bruins — who thought they had landed Washington transfer K.J. Carta-Samuels before he ended up at Colorado State — went 6-7 last season.
Michigan is awaiting a NCAA ruling regarding Ole Miss quarterback Shea Patterson, who transferred to Michigan after the 2017 season. Should Patterson get clearance to play immediately this fall, it is expected that he would be the starting quarterback. The Wolverines also have Brandon Peters and Dylan McCaffery — Christian McCaffery’s younger brother — on their roster, and will add incoming freshman quarterback Joe Milton.
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