Quarterback Brandon Dawkins has left the Indiana football team, per Mike Miller of the Herald-Times.
BREAKING: Quarterback Brandon Dawkins has left Indiana's program, per source. Dawkins, a grad transfer from Arizona, exits less than a week after Peyton Ramsey was named IU's starter. More soon. #iufb— Mike Miller (@MikeMillerHT) August 27, 2018
Dawkins transferred to Indiana in the off-season as a graduate transfer, looking to revitalize his once-promising career. While at Arizona, the signal-caller suffered a knee injury that made way for Khalil Tate to take over and shine.
Looking for one last chance to start, Dawkins came to Indiana to take part in a battle with the incumbent Peyton Ramsey and freshman Michael Penix. Ramsey was awarded the job heading into week one which likely led to Dawkins’ decision.
The quarterback outlook now is a bit hazy for the Hoosiers. With Dawkins gone, Penix would theoretically be second in the depth chart but Indiana has expressed interest in red-shirting the freshman.
Mike Fiacable, a redshirt junior, and Johnny Pabst, a redshirt freshman, are also on the roster and would likely move up a spot with Dawkins’ departure.
Reese Taylor is still listed as an “athlete” on the official roster for the Hoosiers but spent the summer as a defensive back and a wide receiver, meaning a move back to quarterback likely seems out of the question.