Wilton Speight headed to UCLA as grad transfer

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MI quarterback Wilton Speight (3) scrambles with the ball in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Air Force in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017.

After deciding to transfer shortly after the end of the 2017 regular season, former MI quarterback Wilton Speight has made a decision to use his fifth and final year of college eligibility at UCLA.

Last November, Speight announced his intentions to leave MI as a graduate transfer. He passed for 2,538 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2016, but was sidelined for the season last fall after four games with three broken vertebrae.

Now, Speight will head to UCLA and represent a seasoned option under center for head coach Chip Kelly if he doesn't want to hand the keys over to former 4-star quarterback Devon Modster. As a graduate transfer he would be eligible to play immediately for UCLA, which must replace three-year starter Josh Rosen. More recently, Speight has been spotted at multiple spring practices for UCLA in the past week, including again on Thursday. The Bruins are slated to only have two other quarterbacks on the roster for 2018: redshirt sophomore Devon Modster and incoming true freshman (and former MI recruiting target) Dorian Thompson-Robinson.

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