Michigan Wolverines quarterback Wilton Speight announced via Instagram Sunday evening that he will pursue his fifth year option of eligibility at another program.
@wiltonspeight_3 posted Sunday night: “Thank you, Michigan. These past 4 years have been nothing short of spectacular. Enrolling in January 2014 as a kid from Virginia I didn’t know what to expect. Four years later I leave Michigan as a 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 pursing my dreams in a new jersey, but will forever root for the boys wearing the winged helmet. Go Blue”
Speight lead Michigan to the verge of the College Football Playoff in 2016, winning nine games while finishing second in the Big Ten in quarterback rating — but 2017 was a different story. Speight struggled behind a underachieving offensive line and sustained a season-ending back injury when Michigan was on the road facing Purdue. With Brandon Peters and Dylan McCafferey as the likely front runners for the starting-QB job in 2018, Speight’s only option of seeing any playing-time in his fifth year was to pursue a roll elsewhere.