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.