Height: 6-3 | Weight: 227 | Number: #12 | Class: 2019 (rSR) | Hometown: Lake Orion, MI | High School: Detroit Country Day | Birthdate: March 31, 1995 | Agent: Premier Athlete Advisors
OVERVIEW: Played primarily out of a shotgun-based, pro style spread offense. Was originally a verbal commit to Rutgers before deciding upon Iowa and eventually transferring to Eastern Michigan. Wiegers gained notoriety with a big time performance in the Eagles upset victory over Purdue in 2018, showcasing the leadership skills and intangibles that make him a developmental quarterback prospect at the next level.
PROS: An accurate, smart decision-maker who sprays the ball around the field and excels in the short-to-intermediate pass game. He does a nice job carrying out his fakes and can pick up a first down with his feet if need be. Shows excellent poise in the pocket, great command of the huddle and nice touch on his deep balls; he’ll often throw receivers open.
CONS: Can tend to try and force throws when rushed out of the pocket and on the move, will need to learn to accept the fact that sometimes he just has to throw the ball away. Would like to see him get rid of the ball quicker on screens, as he has had quite a few balls tipped in that scenario. Doesn’t possess an elite arm but shows above average arm strength.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING: “Tyler has been a perfect fit for us the moment he walked on campus in early January. It starts with who the person is always since the quarterback is such a leadership position.” – Eastern Michigan head coach Chris Creighton
COMPARISON: Cody Kessler, Jacksonville Jaguars – Demonstrates the ability to dissect a defense, knows where to go with the football and understands how to operate a spread attack.
PERSONAL: Full name: Tyler Wiegers, son of Matt and Marci Wiegers. Graduating with a degree in human physiology
CAREER: A four-star recruit out of high school, Wiegers played in eight games for the Hawkeyes during his four seasons in Iowa City, completing 4-of-6 passes for 35 yards, including a 3-yard touchdown pass against Illinois. As a senior at EMU, he completed 171-of-265 passes (64.5%), while tossing 11 touchdowns and just three interceptions in 12 games played.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Detroit Country Day and played under Head Coach Dan MacLean as a Yellowjacket. Named all-state and All-Oakland County Honorable Mention as a junior and senior. Led team to state playoffs as a sophomore, to state championship game at Ford Field as a junior and district championship as a senior. Completed 122-of-192 pass attempts for 2,093 yards and 24 touchdowns as a senior, with 200 rushing yards. Completed 172-of-285 attempts for 2,465 yards and 22 touchdowns as a junior. Team captain as a junior and senior. Member of prep basketball team.