MATAS | QB competition headlines Hoosiers camp
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (WDRB) -- Three names. All supposedly with an even chance to win the starting quarterback job for Indiana University.
“We’re looking for a guy with the attitude of, I want you to expect to be the guy,” Indiana head coach Tom Allen said. "You have to have that mindset, and I want all three of these guys to have that mindset."
You have to assume that true freshman Michael Penix Jr. is the longshot simply because the other two options have college experience. In fact, Peyton Ramsey was the Hoosiers' starter last year.
“Having trialed and errored certain things in big-time games, I think it's helping me," Ramsey said. "And I feel more confident going in to the season."
Ramsey has the experience on campus, but he isn't ’t the most seasoned option. Brandon Dawkins is a fifth-year player but new to Bloomington. He played a ton at Arizona before transferring, including 14 starts for the Wildcats.
“There’s no real experience like game experience that can really teach you about the game," Dawkins said. "So just trying to pass on what I can to the young guys, even outside the QB room, just helping out receivers or anybody that could us help with anything.”
It’s hard to imagine that a graduate transfer with just one year of eligibility remaining would pick a school where he wasn't assured some playing, time but Allen said Dawkins was promised nothing.
“Obviously, you bring a guy in with his kind of experience and his age, and he’s coming here to compete to play," Allen said. "He’s coming here to be the starting quarterback. That’s his mindset. We told him he’s going to have to come and earn it.”
Indiana has a lot back on offense and wants to rebound from a down scoring year. Dawkins hopes to be the final piece.
“I don’t see why we can’t have one of the top offenses in not only the Big 10 but college football,” Dawkins said.
Three names. Only one can get the nod September first against Florida International.
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