After a rough day from Richard Lagow in Happy Valley last weekend and an increasingly larger role for Peyton Ramsey in the offense, Hoosier football head coach Tom Allen officially announced the switch at Monday’s press conference.
QUARTERBACK NEWS: Peyton Ramsey is now Indiana's starting quarterback. #iufb— Zach Osterman (@ZachOsterman) October 2, 2017
Allen went on to note that, unlike with Richard Lagow under center, this will not be a rotation and that the position is Ramsey’s moving forward.
Asked about rotation: "That's not the plan. ... We've got to build what we do from Day 1 around the strengths of what Peyton brings." #iufb— Zach Osterman (@ZachOsterman) October 2, 2017
In an offense that has struggled often this season, Ramsey has been the more dynamic player as his ability to create with his legs has helped alleviate some of the issues with Indiana’s offensive line.
Ramsey is currently tied with Lagow for the lead in touchdowns while throwing just one interception to the former’s three. Against Penn State, Lagow struggled mightily while Ramsey tied for team-lead in rushing while throwing the team’s lone passing touchdown (and interception) of the day.
With the constant issues on the line and the general play of both quarterbacks, this is a move that isn’t entirely surprising. With a game against FCS Charleston Southern, it should provide a nice warm-up opportunity for Ramsey before diving into conference play against Michigan once again.
Allen also updated the injury list, which was kind to the offense and not so much the defense.
#iufb INJURIES:— Zach Osterman (@ZachOsterman) October 2, 2017
J-Shun Harris PROBABLE
Morgan Ellison PROBABLE
Mike Majette SHOULD BE BACK
Marcelino Ball DOUBTFUL
A'Shon Riggins DOUBTFUL
Again, with an FCS program coming in, the Hoosiers can afford the absences of Marcelino Ball and A’Shon Riggins, but with Michigan in two weeks, Indiana will need all hands on deck.