Former Michigan QB Wilton Speight named starter by UCLA

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Former Michigan quarterback Wilton Speight was named the starting quarterback at UCLA Thursday afternoon.

First-year head coach Chip Kelly announced the news and the program made it official moments after.

Speight, who transferred to UCLA in the offseason, spent four years at Michigan as a part of Brady Hoke?s 2013 recruiting class. He is a 5th-year graduate transfer for the Bruins with this season being the last of his NCAA eligibility.

He became a household name among Michigan fans following a solid 2016 season that saw him go undefeated at home, along with nine straight wins as the team?s starting quarterback.

Speight earned All-Big Ten honors (third team) in 2016 after passing for 2,538 yards, 18 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

In 2017, he suffered an injury during a Week 4 game against Purdue that sidelined him for the remainder of the season.

In his three seasons of play in Ann Arbor, he went 12-3 as a starter, passed for 3,192 yards, with 22 touchdowns to 10 interceptions.

Speight has large shoes to fill following former UCLA QB Josh Rosen?s departure to the NFL, where he was drafted in the first round by Arizona.

The former Wolverine let Michigan know that he?s rooting for them on Saturday night in the Wolverines? opener at Notre Dame.

UCLA opens against Cincinnati, a team Speight passed for 221 yards and 2 touchdowns against in 2017 with Michigan.

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  1. good for him, always hope a kid who leaves for opportunity finds what they were looking for. It seemed a no brainer to head to LA for a senior fifth season. Glad he has a chance to shine, show what he’s capable of. He started off his career at Michigan doing his job. Glad he has a chance to finish strong.