Once considered the prototypical Noel Mazzone quarterback, redshirt freshman T.J. Millweard has become the second casualty of UCLA’s 2012 recruiting class. According to the LA Times, Millweard is transferring out of Los Angeles for greener pastures.
Let’s not act shocked, though. Despite Millweard being a talented prospect, he found himself many steps behind last offseason, losing serious ground to seniors Richard Brehaut and Kevin Prince, along with eventual starter Brett Hundley. The final straw probably came about a week or so ago, when it became clear to the coaching staff that Asiantii Woulard would be the heir apparent to the UCLA QB throne. Indeed, Woulard has been assigned to stay close to Hundley, indicating that Hundley will be Woulard’s mentor. With Hundley eligible to jam for the 2014 NFL draft at the conclusion of this college football season, Woulard would likely be the next starting QB for the Bruins.
Which leaves Millweard out in the cold, on the outside lookin’ in.
A three-star prospect, Millweard was thought to be the clear back-up for Hundley going into the 2013 season. At 6’5’’ and with an unconventional throwing motion, fans and observers touted Millweard as the next great Mazzone product, matching the profiles of other odd-ball Mazzone QBs such as Philip Rivers and Brock Osweiler.
Regardless, it seems as if UCLA’s found someone much more than a suitable backup in Woulard, and though Millweard’s time in Westwood was short-lived, we’re sure he’ll land on his feet somewhere.