Quarterback carousel continues in college football offseason
With players moving around to new locales in college football these days, it has the same feel as NFL free agency.
Former Michigan starting quarterback Will Speight is now officially in the competition to start at UCLA as a grad transfer.
The 6-foot-6, 240 pounder recorded 16 starts for the Wolverines, including four in 2017 before he experienced back issues. He threw for 2,538 yards, 18 touchdowns and seven interceptions as a starter in 2016 but has less success last year (581 yards, three touchdowns, two picks) .
Under new head coach Chip Kelly, Speight feels like his chances are excellent heading into the season once he arrives in the summer. Speight hopes he has put previous back issues in the rear view mirror.
Meanwhile, Ole Miss is blocking quarterback Shea Patterson’s appeal which would allow him to play immediately at Michigan. The school is resentful for the picture Patterson portrayed of the their program. Patterson has maintained that he was misled by former coach Hugh Freeze in regard to the NCAA investigations.
The Scott Frost era has arrived at Nebraska, and no one has any idea who will be under center in 2018. Tanner Lee, formely of Jesuit and Tulane, departed Lincoln early for the NFL after throwing for 3,142 yards, 23 touchdowns and 10 interceptions last fall. Patrick O’Brien was penciled in atop the depth chart but this week the 6-foot-4 redshirt sophomore decided to seek a new football home.
Noah Vedral (6-2, 184) was a backup under Frost at UCF where starter McKenzie Milton guided the Knights to a perfect 13-0 finish. Vedral followed his coach to Nebraska but Division I transfer rules are under dispute in his case. In order for an underclassmen, non grad transfer to be eligible, he must be in high academic standing and his previous head coach must have left his school. Everyone in Vedral’s camp hopes that’s his loophole, even though Frost is involved in this case on both ends.
Other candidates for the Cornhuskers include Tristian Gebbia, who threw for over 13,000 yards in high school at Calabassas, Calif. including 141 TD passes for his career. He was considered the nation’s No. 10 pro style QB in the 2017 recruiting class. A 2018 signee and early arrival, Adrian Martinez, was highly recruited as well.
With spring drills wrapping up, Frost and his staff will try to act quickly to remedy the situation behind center, possibly looking for another college football free agent to come to the rescue.
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Born and raised in the New Orleans area, Rene Nadeau has been involved in sports ever since his earliest memories. Rene played basketball, wrestled, ran track, and was an All-District running back in football at John F. Kennedy High School. He went on to be a member of the LSU football program, developing a passion for the game in even…