Indiana redshirt freshman quarterback Brendan Sorsby will be starting for the Hoosiers against Ohio State Saturday afternoon, overtaking fellow redshirt freshman Tayven Jackson in an ongoing competition.
Sorsby, a native of Lake Dallas, Texas, was rated as a 3-star recruit in the class of 2022. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound signal caller was a dual-sport athlete at Lake Dallas High School, earning all-district honors in baseball and football.
As a senior in 2021, Sorsby passed for 1,271 yards and 14 touchdowns and added 823 yards and 15 scores on the ground en route to being named the Denton Record Chronicle’s Quarterback of the Year. Sorsby appeared in one game with the Hoosiers last season, a 45-14 loss to Penn State November 5. Sorsby went 3-6 with eight yards as one of 15 true freshmen to debut.
Sorsby takes over an offense that struggled to be effective through the air last season. The Hoosiers finished tied for ninth in the conference with 16 passing touchdowns, and second to last in the Big Ten with a 105 offensive efficiency rating.
Head coach Tom Allen emphasized the importance of throwing young players “in the fire” to grow, but with Sorsby’s lack of experience, it is currently unclear how long his leash will be as the Hoosiers’ starter. In warmups prior to the game, both Sorsby and Jackson rotated taking snaps with the starters, so both quarterbacks could conceivably see time against the Buckeyes.