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Peyton Ramsey named week one starter at FIU

In a three-way battle for the starting quarterback spot, the incumbent retains the seat. For now.

Michigan v Indiana Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Indiana football head coach Tom Allen announced on Thursday afternoon that Peyton Ramsey would be the week one starter for the Hoosiers against Florida International University.

Ramsey beat out graduate transfer Brandon Dawkins and true freshman Mike Penix for the spot. Given the up-and-down nature of Ramsey’s play last season, this is likely not a long-term decision, though it’ll be Ramsey’s job should he perform well.

Last season, Ramsey started four games, going 1-3 in that span. Ramsey led the Hoosiers in a fourth-quarter comeback against Michigan and manged the game against the Spartans that the Hoosiers were in late, but both resulted in a loss. An injury would hamper Ramsey and eventually sideline him for the season.

The decision is not a surprising one for now. Given Ramsey’s experience with the coaching staff and the playbook, Ramsey had a leg up in the competition from day one. All eyes will be on the sophomore now with two capable backups waiting in the wings.