Michigan QB Wilton Speight Going To UCLA. Now What?
Obviously, it’s Wilton Speight’s running ability and speed-option prowess that makes him a perfect fit.
Uhhhhhhhh, okay. Interesting …
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Of all of the possible places Michigan grad transfer Wilton Speight was going to land, UCLA seemed way, way down the list of options.
After all, the 6-6, 240-pound pure pro passer has the mobility of a 14-year-old on the third minute of a seven minute YouTube video – he’s not exactly the perfect fit for the Chip Kelly offense.
Also, the eligibility of Ole Miss transfer Shea Patterson to Michigan is still up in the air. If Patterson isn’t able to play this year, the best place for Speight might have just been … Michigan.
East Carolina’s Gardnew Minshew transferred to Washington State, but the Mike Leach offense would’ve been a nice idea for Speight.
Arkansas might have been an interesting choice, Boston College is in need of another option, and the Virginia native could’ve been a nice fit for the Cavaliers before transfer Bryce Perkins started to look like a keeper.
So why UCLA?
Devon Modster has experience and can move a little bit. K.J. Carta-Samuels switched to Colorado State after transferring in from Washington, and new recruit Dorian Thompson-Robinson could take over the gig right away when he gets to campus.
Back from his injured back and ready to go, Speight threw for 2,538 yards and 18 scores two years ago, but struggled with interceptions against Florida in the 2017 opener before getting hurt.
When he’s right, he’s a big bomber with the arm to get the ball all over the field. He’s not going to run in the UCLA attack, but he’s a ready-made veteran who gets a loaded group of receivers to throw to.
At the very least, it’s another option for the Bruins, and it’s not sink-or-swim time with Brandon Peters for Michigan if Patterson isn’t ready to go.