By JACK VANASSCHE, Editor-in-Chief
Michigan quarterback Wilton Speight has decided to transfer to play his final year of collegiate eligibility at a different school.
Speight was the starting quarterback for the Wolverines this season and last, though injuries to his shoulder and back have limited his time on the field.
He announced his decision to move on from the University of Michigan in an Instagram post on Sunday evening.
Thank you, Michigan. These past 4 years have been nothing short of spectacular. Enrolling in January of 2014 as a kid from Virginia i didn’t know what to expect. Four years later i leave a Michigan Man. The amazing memories with my teammates, playing under the best coaches in America, and enjoying everything that this wonderful university and town have to offer- what a ride. To the fans that stuck with us through thick and thin— thank you. To Coach Hoke for giving a kid with no offers a chance— thank you. To Coach Harbaugh for coming in and making me a better man and a better quarterback. For understanding this decision of mine and always having my back no matter what— thank you. I don’t know where next will be, and I’ll use these next four weeks to figure that out. i’m excited to keep pursuing my dreams in a new jersey, but will forever root for the boys wearing the winged helmet. Go blue!
In the post, Speight thanked former coach Brady Hoke as well as current leader Jim Harbaugh.
“To Coach Hoke for giving a kid with no offers a chance— thank you,” he wrote. “To Coach Harbaugh for coming in and making me a better man and a better quarterback. For understanding this decision of mine and always having my back no matter what— thank you.”
Speight also thanked Michigan fans in the post.
He said he does not know where he will be playing next year, “but will forever root for the boys wearing the winged helmet.”
Speight went 13-3 for the Wolverines as the starting quarterback over the last two seasons. He last appeared in a win over Purdue but left after injuring his back.
With Speight’s departure and the graduation of John O’Korn, Michigan will start next season with a quarterback recruited by Harbaugh for the first time in his tenure.