Former Michigan QB Wilton Speight Named Starter At UCLA

Quarterback Wilton Speight will start for the Bruins in their season opener against Cincinnati on Saturday afternoon. The graduate transfer spent the last three seasons in Michigan where he made 21 appearances

Speight, the former MI starter, was tabbed Thursday to take the first snap against Cincinnati at the Rose Bowl. Kelly said earlier in the week that those three had separated themselves from redshirt sophomore Matt Lynch, redshirt freshman Austin Burton and freshman walk-on Josiah Norwood.

But Kelly coached in the National Football League from 2013-16 and perhaps has changed his requirements for quarterbacks.

Wilson Speight, who started 16 games at MI, will start for UCLA on Saturday against Cincinnati.

Speight was third-team all-Big Ten in 2016, an honor which probably says more about Big Ten quarterbacking than it does Speight. Saying Speight is immobile would be putting it kindly, but he proved during his time at MI that he can be a pretty efficient passer. During his time in the NFL, Kelly had (some) success with immobile quarterbacks like Nick Foles and Sam Bradford.

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Speight threw for 2,538 yards and 18 touchdowns against seven interceptions during his junior year in 2016 at MI. He was inaccurate at times and seemed to be slow at processing defenses.

I thought Kelly would have gone with Dorian Thompson-Robinson because he fits the spread offense that UCLA will run.

Wilton Speight takes a snap in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Air Force in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017.

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