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IU football picks Ramsey as starting quarterback


Sophomore Peyton Ramsey runs the ball for the Hoosiers in overtime against Michigan on Oct. 14, 2017. Ramsey was named the starting quarterback for the 2018 season opener.  Katie Franke Buy Photos

With a little over a week until IU football takes the field against Florida International University in its season-opener, the Hoosiers have named their starting quarterback.

IU coach Tom Allen announced that redshirt sophomore Peyton Ramsey will be under center when IU plays FIU on Sept. 1. 

Ramsey, who saw some playing time last season, completed 65 percent of his passes for 1,252 yards, 10 touchdowns, and five interceptions. Ramsey played in nine of IU’s 12 games last year and boasts the best single-season completion percentage in program history.

“There’s three things that we want from this position,” Allen said. “First of all, we want a quarterback that protects the football, number two was the ability to move the team down the field, and number three was that we wanted a young man that the team believes in.”

Allen also mentioned that he expects graduate transfer Brandon Dawkins and freshman Michael Penix Jr. to see time at the quarterback position this season. 

“We’ve got two other quarterbacks that we’re really excited about,” Allen said. “I think they both have a lot of talent, and I think both of those guys bring unique skills to the table.”

Allen said that there was a possibility of utilizing Dawkins’ running ability in a few packages, and cited Dawkins’ ability to make defenses uncomfortable, with both his legs and his arm, as one of his best qualities.

Ramsey and the Hoosiers will take on FIU at 7 p.m. Sept. 1 in Miami. 

IU’s home opener will be the following week against Virginia.

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