Former Michigan QB Wilton Speight Named Starter At UCLA

Chip Kelly introduced as UCLA head coach

Chip Kelly introduced as UCLA head coach

Kelly announced Thursday that Speight will get the start against Cincinnati at the Rose Bowl on Saturday. Speight, Thompson-Robinson and Modster had separated themselves from Matt Lynch, Austin Burton and walk on Josiah Norwood.

Speight threw for 2,538 yards and 18 touchdowns against seven interceptions during his junior year in 2016 at MI.

Speight is not a typical Chip Kelly quarterback because he is not dual-threat but Kelly has been more open-minded with his view of quarterbacks after coaching in the NFL.

As recently as Wednesday, Kelly maintained a level of covertness about his quarterback situation that Nick Saban would be proud of.

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Speight said he would transfer last fall, but he was in a bit of limbo at MI as they awaited a decision on Shea Patterson's immediate eligibility. He was inaccurate at times and seemed to be slow at processing defenses.

Besides Speight's unnatural fit in this Kelly offense, there are also his injury concerns. He can make plays with his legs, something Speight cannot do.

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. The quarterback that should be getting the nod is freshman monster Dorian Thompson-Robinson. Speight, who his experience playing under Jim Harbaugh and his past as a starter for the Wolverines, knows what that is like.

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