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Wilton Speight | Quarterback

Team: UCLA Bruins
Age / DOB:  (23) / 12/6/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 232

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UCLA redshirt senior QB Wilton Speight (back) took part in rollout drills during Wednesday's practice.
Speight (6'6/232) had not been rolling out in practice since sustaining a back injury against Cincinnati in Week 1, but he's finally been cleared for those drills, a good sign that he's been making at least some progress in his recovery. UCLA is off on bye this coming weekend, giving him a little extra time to get right before the Bruins take on Colorado on Friday, Sept. 28. True freshman Dorian Thompson-Robinson has started in Speight's place each of the last two games. Sep 19 - 3:40 PM

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UCLA redshirt senior QB Wilton Speight (back) did not participate in pregame warmups ahead of Saturday's game against Fresno State.

Speight was limited in practice throughout the week, so while the door was left open for a return to action his not being able to play isn't a shock. As a result true freshman Dorian Thompson-Robinson will lead the UCLA offense, with Devon Modster serving as his backup.
Sep 15 - 9:45 PM

UCLA redshirt senior QB Wilton Speight (back) did not take part in rollout drills during Wednesday's practice.

Speight (6'6/232) has not yet been ruled out for Saturday's game against Fresno State, but he's been limited in practice all week. Barring a sudden recovery, it's looking more and more like true frosh QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson will once again take the start for the Bruins. Speight has a history of spinal issues and you can expect that UCLA will keep him on the sidelines until fully healthy. The UM grad transfer injured his back in the first half of the team's opener against Cincinnati two weekends ago.
Sep 13 - 8:04 PM

UCLA redshirt senior QB Wilton Speight (back) was not taking part in rollout drills during Tuesday's practice.

While Speight is being limited in practice it's a good sign that he's practicing at all. The redshirt senior signal-caller injured his back in the second quarter of Week 1's loss to Cincinnati. True frosh Dorian Thompson-Robinson started in his place versus the Sooners on Saturday and would draw the start once more against Fresno State this coming weekend if Speight remains sidelined.
Sep 11 - 6:15 PM

UCLA redshirt senior QB Wilton Speight (back) is practicing in a limited capacity on Monday.

Speight apparently didn't compete in the quarterback "rollout" drills, but did make throws from 25 yards, and participated in the handout drills. According to Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles times, Speight (6'6/232) looked "limited" in mobility, however. It would be a surprise if Speight was able to play on Saturday against Fresno State, so expect freshman Dorian Thompson-Robinson to get the start against the Bulldogs.
Sep 10 - 2:35 PM

UCLA redshirt senior QB Wilton Speight (back) took part in throwing work on Wednesday.

Speight (6'6/232) was knocked out with a back injury during the second quarter of Saturday's loss to Cincinnati. While he's now resumed throwing, given his history of back issues, Bruins HC Chip Kelly and staff are almost certainly going to be taking a cautious approach with this one. Should Speight be unable to suit up versus Oklahoma -- oh goodness -- it may well be true frosh Dorian Thompson-Robinson draws the call this coming weekend.
Sep 5 - 12:56 PM

UCLA redshirt senior QB Wilton Speight (back) missed practice on Monday and is considered day-to-day by HC Chip Kelly.

This may end up being a pain threshold thing. But with Speight's history of back problems, the news of his injury was particularly concerning. The Bruins would sure like him back for this weekend's nightmarish matchup against Oklahoma. If Speight can't go, it would appear that raw true freshman Dorian Thompson-Robinson might get thrown to the wolves in his first collegiate start. Thompson-Robinson came on in relief of an injured Speight in Saturday's loss to Cincy.
Source: OC Register
Sep 3 - 1:59 PM

UCLA grad transfer QB Wilton Speight left Saturday's game against Cincinnati after taking a hard hit in the second quarter.

Team trainers were able to evaluate Speight (6'6/232) during a delay, as the play was reviewed to determine whether or not Speight fumbled the football before hitting the ground. Freshman Dorian Thompson-Robinson replaced Speight in the lineup. An ointment was applied to Speight's lower back before he was taken to the locker room, which is a concern given how his final season at Michigan ended. Speight injured his lower back during a game last September, with the injury ending his 2017 season.
Sep 1 - 8:17 PM

UCLA named senior QB Wilton Speight starter for the upcoming season.

Speight (6'6/232) was fighting it out with sophomore Devon Modster and true frosh Dorian Thompson-Robinson in preseason camp. The three were initially listed as co-starters when the Bruins released their depth chart earlier this week, but no more cloak and dagger games for HC Chip Kelly (at least on this front). Speight transferred over from Michigan in the spring after turning in a mostly unforgettable stint of action in Ann Arbor. His strongest showing came during the 2016 season, when he threw for 2,538 yards (61.6-percent completions) with an 18/7 TD/INT ratio. He's also got the movement skills of a statue, making him -- at least outwardly -- something of a different fit for Kelly's offense than we saw most recently with Marcus Mariota. Great coaches adapt to their personnel, though. We'll get our first opportunity to watch Speight in action in his new digs when the Bruins take on Cincinnati on Saturday.
Aug 30 - 6:39 PM

UCLA lists senior QB Wilton Speight, sophomore QB Devon Modster and freshman QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson as co-starters for Saturday's game against Cincinnati.

In other words, Bruins head coach Chip Kelly either doesn't know who the starting quarterback will be against the Bearcats, or if he does, he's not going to tell you. Which one do you think is more likely? Speight offers the most safety as the senior, while Thompson-Robinson offers the highest ceiling -- but most risk. Modster is a combination of both, and also can make plays with his legs, something Speight wasn't known for in his time at Michigan. We'd guess Modster is the long-term starter, but don't be surprised if any of the three get significant snaps in 2018.
Aug 27 - 2:21 PM

UCLA senior QB Wilton Speight was influenced by both UCLA HC Chip Kelly and former USC QB Mark Sanchez to transfer to UCLA.

Kelly generally started dual-threat quarterbacks in his time at Oregon, something that Speight was worried about when considering a transfer to UCLA. Kelly talked to him about the success he had with similarly mobile--but not dual threat-- quarterbacks like Nick Foles, Sam Bradford and Mark Sanchez in the NFL. Speight said, "I saw the success they had and the things he would tweak for those guys. I saw myself doing the same thing." He also spent the entire winter rehabbing with Sanchez who reportedly made a strong case for why he should transfer to UCLA over other options such as LSU and Wyoming. Even though he has the most experience, Speight won't be handed the starting role UCLA and is currently competing with three other players for the job.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 5 - 10:39 AM

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

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