On Tuesday Athlon Sports released its starting quarterback rankings for 2019 and included returning starter Peyton Ramsey as IU’s entry. They ranked the now redshirt junior 43rd nationally and eighth in the Big Ten, just ahead of new Northwestern signal caller and Indiana native Hunter Johnson and just behind the trio of Michigan State’s Brian Lewerke, Purdue’s Elijah Sindelar and Maryland’s Josh Jackson. In the write-up Athlon’s Steven Lassan also made note of Ramsey’s competition for playing time this fall:
“Indiana has quietly assembled a deep and talented quarterback room for new play-caller Kalen DeBoer to deploy in 2019. In addition to Ramsey, Michael Penix is back after playing in three games as a true freshman last fall, and the Hoosiers added Jack Tuttle – a four-star prospect in the 2018 signing class – as a transfer from Utah. Ramsey finished ’18 with 2,875 passing yards and 19 touchdowns to 13 picks and added 354 yards and five scores on the ground. Additionally, Ramsey’s completion percentage (66.0) tied for second among Big Ten quarterbacks last season.”
Things should look a little (or a lot) different on the offensive side of the ball in 2019 as Kalen DeBoer has replaced Mike DeBord as IU’s offensive coordinator. How Ramsey—or another of IU’s quarterbacks—fares in his system is still to be seen. Our first real taste of that offense will come just about 11 weeks from now when the Hoosiers take on the Ball State Cardinals.