Peyton Ramsey Named Indiana's New Starting Quarterback

Stu Jackson, Staff Writer
The Hoosier

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Indiana has decided to make a change at the quarterback position ahead of Saturday's home contest vs. Charleston Southern.

Hoosiers head coach Tom Allen on Monday announced the offense will now be led by redshirt freshman quarterback Peyton Ramsey, naming him the full-time starter at that spot.

"As you look back at the first four games, our ability to move the ball, score points and build a team around whoever gives us the best chance to win on game day is important," Allen said. "I feel that Peyton Ramsey gives us the best chance to do that."

Allen made it clear that the job is Ramsey's alone. Over the course of IU's first four games, the redshirt freshman had rotated with redshirt senior and incumbent starter Richard Lagow depending on what the gameplan dictated.

Lagow finished 7 of 15 for 97 yards against Penn State, but Allen indicated the switch was based off "collective evidence" and not just last Saturday's game.

"To me, it's about moving the chains and creating scoring opportunities for our team," Allen said.

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Ramsey has completed 29 of 48 passes for 316 yards with four touchdowns and one interception through Indiana's first four games of the season.

Allen said the coaching staff will adjust the offense to Ramsey.

As for what those adjustments will entail schematically, associate head coach and offensive coordinator Mike DeBord said he will shape the offense around the throws Ramsey can make and will make.

According to DeBord, Ramsey's greater mobility will aid the Hoosiers in opening up the run game, which will in turn help with ball control in terms of time of possession.

"We've had in some ways a bit of two offenses in that we've done some things different with Rich than we have with Peyton, and vice-versa," DeBord said. "It'll enable us to put everything around (Ramsey) now and do a little bit more that way too."

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