Quarterback T.J. Millweard granted release to transfer

Redshirt freshman T.J. Millweard has asked for and been granted his release to transfer out of UCLA, and intends to find a school closer to his home in the Dallas area.

The former three-star recruit looked like the best option to back up star quarterback Brett Hundley after spring and fall camp, though the separation in talent was steep. His departure leaves Jerry Neuheisel and Mike Fafaul as the most likely competitors at the No. 2 spot.

Millweard had discussed doubts about his future as a Bruin with head coach Jim Mora after spring camp, but was encouraged to stay. After staying through fall camp in San Bernardino to be certain of his decision, he met with Mora Monday morning and asked for his release.

“It just wasn’t the fit I was looking for,” Millweard said. “I’m a Southern boy. I like my chips and queso. I like wearing my boots.”

Though he spoke glowingly of his coaches and teammates, playing time was also a factor: “I think I’d still be at the university if I were starting.”

He intends to enroll at another Division I school soon, ideally by next Monday. A graduate of All Saints Episcopal in Fort Worth, Texas, he will look for programs in the Midwest or South. Millweard also lived in Kansas City for eight years, and has several family members who attended college in that area.

When reached by phone Monday afternoon, he did not have a specific list of visits.

“Any school that wants me, I want them,” Millweard said.

As for UCLA, the backup job may be decided between Neuheisel and Fafaul, both of whom are redshirt freshmen. Neuheisel was the scout team quarterback last season, but struggled in fall camp and forced his passes into a number of interceptions. Fafaul is a walk-on, but coaches have praised his arm strength.

“I think we want the guy that can play the fastest,” said quarterbacks coach Taylor Mazzone. “Play the tempo that we want and execute the way we want.”

True freshman Asiantii Woulard will likely redshirt his first season while coaches groom him to be Hundley’s successor. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Florida native only began playing quarterback his junior year at Winter Park High, but showed off a strong arm during preseason camp.

Jake Hall is also returning to the team as a redshirt freshman. The 6-foot-5 quarterback had committed as a preferred walk-on in 2012, but was not listed on the Bruins’ roster during spring or fall camp.

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  • Ameer

    So with everything seemingly set up in his favor, what reason did he have to transfer?

    • Jack Wang

      Said he wants to be closer to home.

  • Mark

    It’s official now that, under Mora, Ucla’s offense is always going to revolve an athletic (ie black) quarterback. I’m fine with that, as I think it’s a long time coming and gives Ucla the best chance of wining in the current framework of college football.

    • maze949

      Glad you’re “fine with that”, dipsh!t. I’ll sleep better knowing that a CC dropout “approves” of Mora’s decisions.

      • Joe Blow

        Who cares what YOU think?

    • Hogsman

      So I guess Johnny Football and Marcus Mariota are black? Tim Tebow is about the whitest guy I can imagine, and he’s certainly an athletic QB, if nothing else. Your parenthetical comment is neither necessary nor appropriate.

  • Bruin18

    I like when the school releases a player who is stuck in a situation where he is not likely to play nearly as much as he anticipated. I’m concerned about the queso and cheese comment because like most things when we compare our state and Texas, our Mexican food is better.

  • Marc

    Why did my complimentary comment get blocked? I see several iffy comments made it…

    • Jack Wang

      Not sure what the issue is. Comments usually get automatically approved, and I don’t see it pending. I’ll email someone in tech about it.

    • Joe Blow

      Because most of your comments are total c r a p.

  • bruinblitz

    This kid obviously hasn’t been to Tito’s Tacos…

  • Joe Blow

    Another kid not buying the bs. Congrats to a smart one.