According to Tom Allen, true freshman and 2017 Indiana Mr. Football Reese Taylor will be moving from defensive back to quarterback.
Allen confirms Reese Taylor will move from CB to QB.— Mike Miller (@MikeMillerHT) August 27, 2018
Taylor threw for 3,122 yards and 40 touchdowns and also ran for 764 yards and 14 scores as a senior at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis; leading the Giants to the Class 6A state championship. While his pedigree as a quarterback is strong, Taylor was recruited to IU as an athlete and split time between defensive back and wide receiver in the spring.
Allen isn't wavering from Reese Taylor seeing significant snaps as he had said before the QB news, will be a QB but will be used as expected. #iufb— Jordan Guskey (@JordanGuskey) August 27, 2018
On the surface, this moves looks like an attempt to replenish the quarterback depth lost with the transfer of Brandon Dawkins, but this may actually be more of an effort to immerse Taylor in the offensive playbook. I would not expect to see Taylor line up at quarterback (save for a catastrophic event) this season, if at all, but Allen had already indicated that Taylor will see snaps on offense this season, and getting him in the quarterback room permanently only increases the likelihood that he will line up in several different spots on the field this season. I guess we’ll find out on Saturday!