IOWA CITY — A back-up at Iowa the past three seasons, Tyler Wiegers is returning to his home state looking for an opportunity to play in the final season of his college football career.
Eastern Michigan announced Wednesday that Wiegers will join its program this month as a graduate transfer and compete for a vacant starting position at the Mid-American Conference school.
“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. We cannot wait to get started,’’ Eagles coach Chris Creighton said in a statement announcing Wieger’s move.
A Lake Orion, Michigan native who arrived at Iowa as a four-star recruit from Detroit Country Day, Wiegers twice battled for a starting opportunity with the Hawkeyes.
He ended up in a second-team role both times, first as a redshirt freshman when C.J. Beathard won the job in 2015 and again when sophomore Nate Stanley earned the starting spot prior to Iowa’s recently-completed 8-5 season.
Wiegers appeared in eight games for the Hawkeyes over the past three seasons, completing 4-of-6 passes for 35 yards including a three-yard touchdown pass in a win over Illinois this fall.
He has one year of eligibility remaining and was eligible for a graduate transfer opportunity after earning his undergraduate degree in human physiology from Iowa in December.
Wiegers is enrolled in master’s level classes in human nutrition for the spring semester at Eastern Michigan, which finished 5-7 last season and has been coached the past four years by Creighton, who previously coached at Drake.
“Coach Creighton is building something special and I cannot wait to make an impact,’’ Wiegers said. “It’s great to be back home in Michigan, close to family, and have the chance to compete for playing time. I am very thankful and excited for the future.’’
The Eagles have an opening under center after Brogan Rosback completed his career, completing 245-of-409 passes for 2,895 yards as a senior last fall.
With Wiegers’ departure, Iowa currently has four scholarship quarterbacks on the roster for the spring semester.
In addition to Stanley working toward his junior season, the Hawkeyes’ roster at the position includes junior Ryan Boyle, redshirt freshman Peyton Mansell and incoming freshman Spencer Petras. A December signee, Petras is expected to begin classes at Iowa when the spring term begins on Jan. 16.