Tyler Wiegers leaves Iowa football program, joins Eastern Michigan

Chad Leistikow
Hawk Central

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.

Tyler Wiegers, seen in a file photo from Iowa's 2017 spring game in Iowa City, has transferred to Eastern Michigan.

"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).