UCLA QB Wilton Speight to start against Arizona State

TEMPE, Ariz. — Although Chip Kelly said Wednesday that freshman Dorian Thompson-Robinson was fully cleared from a shoulder injury, grad transfer Wilton Speight regained the starting quarterback spot against Arizona State on Saturday.

Speight came off the bench for the injured freshman against Oregon and threw for 147 yards and one touchdown on 13-of-25 passing. Thompson-Robinson originally sustained the injury against Arizona on Oct. 20. He sat out the following week against Utah while Speight struggled, throwing for 164 yards and two interceptions while completing just 50 percent of his passes.

In the two games prior to getting injured, Thompson-Robinson completed 75.4 percent of his passes as the young freshman was just starting to gain steam. However, when he returned against Oregon last week, he completed just one of his first eight passes and finished 9-of-23 with 135 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

He was reinjured on a sack in the third quarter in which he also fumbled the ball deep in UCLA territory.

Speight, a transfer from Michigan, started the season opener but fell out of the spot after injuring his back against Cincinnati. He intended to use his one transfer year at UCLA as a springboard toward the NFL, and although his position in the starting lineup far from secure each week, Speight still hopes he can leave an impact at UCLA.

“I’m just trying to leave this place a better place than I found it and I know I’ve only got a short little window,” Speight said last week in Eugene, Ore. “Sometimes that’s tough when you’re on the bench, but you just gotta maximize and make the most out of every opportunity.”

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