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Former Michigan QB transferring to UCLA

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Former Michigan quarterback Wilton Speight runs against Florida State during the 2016 Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. Photo by Gary Rothstein/UPI
Former Michigan quarterback Wilton Speight runs against Florida State during the 2016 Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. Photo by Gary Rothstein/UPI | License Photo

Former Michigan quarterback Wilton Speight is headed to UCLA for his final college football season.

The fifth-year graduate transfer confirmed his choice Thursday on Instagram. He also was considering Wyoming.

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UCLA and Wyoming are looking to replace starting quarterbacks Josh Allen and Josh Rosen, respectively, who are both expected to be selected early in the NFL Draft later this month.

Speight suffered a spinal injury during the fourth game against Purdue last fall and missed the rest of the year. Shortly after the end of the season, he announced that he would not return to Michigan.

In 2016, Speight started 11 games for the Wolverines despite sustaining a shoulder injury. He won the starting job again in 2017 before a broken vertebrae ended the season.

Speight's Michigan career ends with 3,192 yards, 22 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

UCLA lost a potential transfer earlier this year when K.J. Carta-Samuels changed his mind and opted instead to leave Washington for Colorado State. Speight will be competing with redshirt sophomore Devon Modster and incoming freshman Dorian Thompson-Robinson.

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At UCLA, Speight will join former Michigan offensive analyst Jimmie Dougherty, who is now the passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach for the Bruins.

Michigan's quarterback situation also is up for grabs. Ole Miss quarterback transfer Shea Patterson is waiting for an NCAA ruling on whether he would be eligible immediately next season.

Brandon Peters is returning along with Dylan McCaffrey, and Joe Milton will be an incoming freshman.

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