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Wilton Speight | Quarterback

Team: UCLA Bruins
Age / DOB:  (23) / 12/6/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 217

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Former Michigan OC -- and current UCLA OC -- Jedd Fisch helped to convince redshirt senior QB Wilton Speight to transfer to the Bruins.
Fisch coached Speight in Ann Arbor for two years before leaving to become Jim Mora's last offensive coordinator. Fisch is now with the Los Angeles Rams, but he provided Speight with a UCLA endorsement when asked. "As a coach, you can kind of sniff out the B.S.," Speight said, "and he was able to do that and say, ‘Look, you’re getting what you see at UCLA and I think it’s the right fit,’ and I couldn’t have agreed more." Speight is battling Devon Modster and freshman Dorian Thompson-Robinson for the right to replace Josh Rosen. May 27 - 5:12 PM

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Michigan redshirt senior QB Wilton Speight has decided to transfer to UCLA.

This isn't a huge surprise after Speight (6'6/217) attended two of UCLA's practices this spring. He was also considering Wyoming as a potential option as well or staying at Michigan. UM HC Jim Harbaugh didn't seem to be fully convinced he would transfer but other sources said he was "as good as gone." Speight fractured three vertebrae his senior season and only played in four games. He will now team up with UCLA's new HC Chip Kelly who is known to be quarterback-friendly in terms of his uptempo style of play. It will be a monumental philosophy shift for Speight after playing at a run-heavy school in the Big 10.
Apr 12 - 9:02 PM

Transferring Michigan redshirt senior QB Wilton Speight was on hand to watch UCLA's practice on Thursday.

This is the second time that Speight has been on UCLA's campus to check out a practice this spring. While UM HC Jim Harbaugh said in late March that the redshirt senior was not dead-set on a transfer and was not ruling out a return to the Wolverines, Mike Sullivan of the Valenti Show on 97.1 The Ticket in Michigan took to Twitter on Thursday to write that he's hearing that Speight is as good as gone and will be transferring to one of Wyoming or UCLA. Michigan's best shot at keeping Speight would come if the NCAA ruled against Shea Patterson's waiver request for immediate eligibility during the coming season. We don't see the governing body opposing that request.
Apr 12 - 5:04 PM

Michigan HC Jim Harbaugh confirmed that transferring senior QB Wilton Speight may yet remain with the program.

"[Speight]'s first taking a look and seeing what else is out there to see who is need of a starting quarterback, but he hasn't closed the door on coming back," Harbaugh said on his personal podcast. Speight (6'6/217) announced in November that he would be transferring as a graduate, but said in January that he was feeling rushed to make a decision, with the Detroit Free Press reporting near the end of that month that he could potentially be swayed into sticking in Ann Arbor should the NCAA not rule in favor of Ole Miss transfer QB Shea Patterson's waiver to play immediately this upcoming season. A decision from the governing body on that waiver is expected later this spring.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 27 - 7:01 PM

The Detroit Free Press is reporting that Michigan senior QB Wilton Speight would consider a return to the Wolverines if incoming transfer Shea Patterson is ruled ineligible for 2018 by the NCAA.

Speight graduated in December and planned to pursue a graduate transfer, but those plans are apparently on hold as he monitors the Patterson situation. Patterson transferred from Ole Miss to Michigan in December and is petitioning for an immediate eligibility waiver from the NCAA on the basis that he was misled about the Rebels' situation during his recruiting process. Per the Free Press, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh has told Speight he's open to the quarterback returning if Speight wants to. Speight is in no hurry to pick a destination. Per the report, he plans to decide by June.
Jan 26 - 12:48 AM

Michigan QB Wilton Speight is still weighing his options in determining where he'll graduate transfer to.

Speight tells the Detroit News that he felt rush to make a decision after graduating and the enrollment period in January, but instead will take his time and make a decision closer to spring. Wherever the signal-caller ends up, he'll be eligible to play immediately because of his transfer. The only "downside" to taking his time is that he won't be eligible for spring practices, but he says he'll be working out in Los Angeles to stay in shape.
Jan 22 - 1:48 PM

Michigan has blocked senior QB Wilton Speight from transferring to Big Ten programs or non-conference opponents on the school's schedule.

The non-conference schedule includes Notre Dame, Western Michigan and Southern Methodist. Speight hopes to enroll in January, so he is not joining the Wolverines at their bowl game.
Sat, Dec 2, 2017 10:03:00 AM

Michigan senior QB Wilton Speight announced he will transfer for the 2018 season.

It is rare for a quarterback who started the season to end up at a different program the following year. With that said, it has been a difficult 2017 for Speight, who fractured three vertebrae in September. He was cleared to return to practice in mid-November but has not touched the field since. As a graduate in 2018 he will be eligible to play immediately.
Mon, Nov 27, 2017 11:02:00 AM

Michigan senior QB Wilton Speight (neck) continues to work as a non-contact participant in practice.

While Speight was cleared to practice earlier this month, he remains without a concrete timetable to return to game action. It certainly won't come against Ohio State on Saturday, though he could potentially see time in the Wolverines' bowl game next month depending on the tract of his recovery as the snow begins to fly. Speight has been sidelined since September 23, when he fractured three vertebrae in a win over Purdue.
Wed, Nov 22, 2017 07:17:00 PM

Michigan senior QB Wilton Speight (neck) has been cleared to return to practice.

Michigan HC Jim Harbaugh has repeatedly said that there was a chance that Speight could return to the field. Turns out it wasn't just bluster. The senior quarterback hasn't played since September 23 after getting sandwiched between two Boilermaker defenders, and it was long believed that he would miss the remainder of the season. A return to practice is obviously not the same as a return to game action, but it's one step closer as the Wolverines look to finish the season strong.
Mon, Nov 13, 2017 06:54:00 PM

Michigan HC Jim Harbaugh said there's "a chance" that senior QB Wilton Speight (neck) returns this season.

Harbaugh indicated that Speight’s rehab is going quicker than expected. "Wilton’s excited about his most recent CAT scan," Harbaugh said. "It kind of stunned him. … Some doctors are stunned its so far along and it’s healing well. Young guys can do that sometimes." It was previously reported that Speight would miss the remainder of the season with a fractured vertebrae. Harbaugh declined to speculate about Speight’s hypothetical role if he were able to return. "As we said, always, once somebody is back, that’s when we’d address that, back out there practicing and competing," Harbaugh said. "There’ll be things he’ll be able to do. He isn’t cleared for contact but cleared to do some throwing, and exercises."
Source: Land of 10
Mon, Nov 6, 2017 05:39:00 PM

Michigan senior QB Wilton Speight will get an MRI and bone scan next week.

Speight has missed every game for the Wolverines since injury his neck/vertebrae on September 30, and it's been widely assumed that the senior signal-caller will miss the rest of the year. Whether or not good results from the MRI next week will change that remains to be seen. Redshirt freshman Brandon Peters will start for Michigan this week against Minnesota.
Mon, Oct 30, 2017 08:48:00 PM

Michigan HC Jim Harbaugh will not rule senior QB Wilton Speight (vertebrae) out for the rest of the season.

"(He’ll be out) multiple weeks," Harbaugh said. "I don’t know that he’ll be out for the year." It's tough to take that too seriously considering Speight is dealing with three fractured vertebrae, but it does offer a glimmer of hope for the senior to return at some point. In the meantime, John O'Korn will remain under center for the Wolverines -- probably for the remainder of the season.
Mon, Oct 9, 2017 08:11:00 PM

ESPN's Chris Fowler reports that Michigan redshirt senior QB Wilton Speight will likely miss the remainder of the regular season with three fractured vertebrae.

Speight sustained the reported vertebrae fractures during the first half of a win over Purdue two weekends ago. While Michigan has yet to confirm that he is done for the season -- and given how they treat injuries, a confirmation on that front might not be immediately forthcoming -- John O'Korn will continue to work as starter for the foreseeable future, at the very least. We'll pass along updates as they become available.
Sat, Oct 7, 2017 10:16:00 PM

Michigan HC Jim Harbaugh announced that redshirt senior QB Wilton Speight (tissue) will miss multiple weeks.

Speight (6'6/240) suffered the injury in the first quarter against Purdue on 9/23. X-rays were negative, but the injury is significant to sideline the senior quarterback. He'll be replaced under center by John O'Korn. The Wolverines take on Michigan State on Saturday.
Mon, Oct 2, 2017 01:02:00 PM