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Wilton Speight | Quarterback

Team: UCLA Bruins
Age / DOB:  (24) / 12/6/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 232

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UCLA redshirt senior QB Wilton Speight completed 24-of-47 passes for 466 yards with one interception in Saturday's 49-42 loss to Stanford.
Speight will finish his collegiate career on a relatively high note, as he beat his previous career high for passing yards by over 100 yards, but the Bruins failed to score on their last possession, which sends them to 3-9. Chip Kelly will build on the late-season offensive surge, and UCLA could surprise people next year if he can find the right starting quarterback. The Bruins should be excited for the next step in the Chip Kelly era. For Speight, he will finish his college career with 28 touchdown passes and 16 interceptions. Nov 24 - 8:19 PM

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UCLA redshirt senior QB Wilton Speight completed 26-of-35 passes for 335 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in Saturday's 31-28 loss to Arizona State.

Speight and the Bruins nearly beat the Sun Devils on the road, which should provide a spark heading into next week's rivalry game against the USC Trojans. The redshirt senior drew the start over freshman Dorian Thompson-Robinson after replacing him last week, and he had his best game since transferring from Michigan. Speight's 335 passing yards were the second-most of his entire career, and tight end Caleb Wilson was a big factor in them. Speight should be the starter next week once again.
Nov 10 - 7:20 PM

UCLA redshirt senior QB Wilton Speight will start against Arizona State on Saturday.

Speight draws the start over Dorian Thompson-Robinson one week after replacing the freshman in last weekend's showdown with Oregon. While Thompson-Robinson has dealt with injury of late, this is apparently unrelated to his health issues.
Nov 10 - 1:50 PM

UCLA redshirt senior QB Wilton Speight entered Saturday's game after Dorian Thompson-Robinson was benched.

Thompson-Robinson completed just 9-of-23 passes for 135 yards (5.9 YPA) with one touchdown and one interception, so Chip Kelly put in the veteran quarterback. Speight finished with very similar numbers -- he had 147 yards on 25 attempts -- so neither quarterback has separated ahead of next week's game against Arizona State. In brief appearances, Speight has three touchdowns and three interceptions.
Nov 4 - 12:33 AM

UCLA redshirt senior QB Wilton Speight practiced with the starters on Wednesday.

Speight drew the start last Friday against Utah with Dorian Thompson-Robinson injured. Thompson-Robinson returned to practice Tuesday, so it's interesting that Speight is still practicing with the starters after his brutal showing against the Utes. Perhaps that's a sign that DTR isn't fully mended. Chip Kelly is notoriously typed lipped about these types of things, so we're not expecting clarification over the next 48 hours.
Oct 31 - 1:08 PM

UCLA redshirt senior QB Wilton Speight completed 20-of-40 passes for 164 yards with two interceptions in a 41-10 rout by Utah on Friday.

Speight got the start with Dorian Thompson-Robinson, and outside of a very few exceptions, the transfer from Michigan was awful. To be fair to him, he was running for his life on several plays, and needed to throw the ball away often. Still, this was a less-than-friendly reminder that Thompson-Robinson is the future at the position. If DTR can't go, he will get another start next Saturday against Oregon.
Oct 27 - 2:06 AM

UCLA redshirt senior QB Wilton Speight is taking snaps ahead of Friday's game against Utah.

This seems to imply what we've been believing all week, that Speight is going to get the start against the Utes with Dorian Thompson-Robinson (shoulder) dealing with various injuries. Thompson-Robinson is also taking snaps, and reportedly has a wrap under his shoulder area.
Oct 26 - 9:47 PM

UCLA redshirt senior QB Wilton Speight practiced with the starters on Tuesday.

Speight is filling in with Dorian Thompson-Robinson (shoulder) hobbled. You can consider Thompson-Robinson questionable to play Friday against Utah.
Oct 23 - 1:16 PM

UCLA redshirt senior QB Wilton Speight came off the bench in Saturday's 31-30 win against Arizona, completing 17-of-27 passes for 204 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.

Speight spelled the injured freshman QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson, who was unavailable in the second half due to an undisclosed injury. It was Speight's first action since he was crunched in the opening-game loss against Cincinnati, suffered a multi-week back injury. If DTR is unable to go in next Saturday's game against Utah it would be Speight reclaiming his starting job.
Oct 21 - 2:23 AM

UCLA HC Chip Kelly remained mum on who will be the starting quarterback for Saturday's game against Washington.

Dorian Thompson-Robinson has started the last three games for the Bruins, and while there have been flashes of brilliance for the freshman, there's been more moments of bad. Senior Wilton Speight was available to play in the 38-16 blowout loss to Colorado, but Kelly stuck with DTR throughout. The safe best is that Thompson-Robinson will start again against the Huskies. It might not matter who plays against the Huskies with that secondary.
Oct 1 - 8:48 PM

Wilton Speight (back) is warming up ahead of Friday's contest against Colorado.

Speight was reportedly the first quarterback on the field. He's been out since the opener against Cincinnati. True freshman Dorian Thompson-Robinson is expected to start, but it's possible Speight could see some action against the Buffaloes on Friday night.
Sep 28 - 7:02 PM

UCLA coach Chip Kelly said redshirt senior QB Wilton Speight (back) is not assured of getting his starting job back when he is healthy.

Speight (6'6/232) has been out since September 1st's game against Cincinnati and true freshman Dorian Thompson-Robinson has been starting since. Kelly's comments are particularly notable because Thompson-Robinson has struggled in back-to-back games. On 75 pass attempts, the freshman has just two touchdowns with two interceptions and the Bruins are 0-3. Speight and Thompson-Robinson will battle it out in practice heading into next Friday's game against Colorado.
Sep 23 - 1:20 PM

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

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