IOWA CITY, Ia. — After four years as a backup quarterback in the Iowa football program, Tyler Wiegers has found a home ... back home.
The Lake Orion, Michigan, native has enrolled as Eastern Michigan as a graduate transfer. He'll join the Eagles with one year of eligibility.
Eastern Michigan coach Chris Creighton, a former Drake coach, confirmed the transfer.
"We are definitely excited about Tyler coming back to the great state of Michigan to join our program," Creighton said in a statement. "By being here this semester, he will have the opportunity to get to know our team, learn our system and compete for the quarterback spot."
As a redshirt freshman, Wiegers was the primary backup to C.J. Beathard on Iowa's 2015 team that went 12-2 and finished its season in the Rose Bowl.
In 2016, he was beaten out for the backup job by Nate Stanley, then a true freshman, and then lost a competition (again) with Stanley entering the 2017 season to become Iowa's starting quarterback.
Wiegers (6-foot-4, 225 pounds) never started a game at Iowa and finished his career 4-for-6 passing for 35 yards. He did throw his first (and only) career touchdown pass to Ivory Kelly-Martin in mop-up duty during Iowa's 45-16 win against Illinois.
Wiegers' departure was expected and understandable. He graduated in December, and he would've been Stanley's backup (at best) again during his final year. Now he gets a chance to compete for a starting job near his hometown.
Iowa, meanwhile, is expected to have four scholarship quarterbacks in spring practice. Stanley will be a junior in 2018, and his competing backups will be Ryan Boyle (redshirt junior), Peyton Mansell (redshirt freshman) and Spencer Petras (an incoming freshman who is expected to enroll this month).