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Reese Taylor Moves to Quarterback from Defensive Back

With Brandon Dawkins gone, last year’s Mr. Football in Indiana will transition to the other side of the football.

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According to Tom Allen, true freshman and 2017 Indiana Mr. Football Reese Taylor will be moving from defensive back to quarterback.

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.

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!