Lago will have to earn quarterback nod

Junior college transfer Richard Lagow may be the favorite to land the Indiana quarterback job to start the season, but he'll have to earn it in the upcoming August preseason camp.

It's a little too early to anoint junior college transfer Richard Lagow as Indiana's next starting quarterback. That was the word today in Chicago from Hoosier head coach Kevin Wilson.

“He’s had 15 practices and we don’t think that is enough to merit being a starter yet," Wilson said. "He’s had a solid summer."

Lagow is a big quarterback along the lines of the recently departed starter at the position, Nate Sudfeld. Lagow checks in at 6-foot-6 and 240 pounds.

Junior Zander Diamont has starting experience but has completed only 48.5 percent of his pass attempts. Diamont is listed only at 6-foot-1 and 174 pounds.

“Zander Diamont is our most experienced player," Wilson said. "He’s made some plays. A smaller guy, a bit of a run around guy. Good arm, very competitive guy. There’s some moxie and spirit with him. He’s had his best summer.”

Danny Cameron, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound redshirt sophomore, was thrown to the wolves last season in a loss at Penn State. He completed 6-for-16 passes with an interception in his only appearance thus far at the position.

“We have a couple other players in Danny Cameron and Austin King and I really like our freshman quarterback although I am not excited about a freshman playing in our league although we’ve done it a few times."

Wilson was referring to 6-foot-2, 202-pound Peyton Ramsey, a true freshman pocket type passer from Cincinnati.

The job will have to be won in the upcoming August camp.

“I don’t think it is right to anoint someone until they have earned it," Wilson said. "You have to learn the respect of the guys. It’s not being coy. I have some guys that have been in that program for three years and busting their tail everyday and one of them didn’t even play in the spring."

The coach was referring to Diamont who missed the spring with a foot injury.

"It will be interesting when those two players start going against each other because they didn’t in the spring,” Wilson said. “I don’t know if it’s just about competition so much but we need let some water go over the dam,  just give it a week or two and see where Zander and Richard really are.”

Don't expect the decision to be made the final days before the September 1st opener at Florida International.

“I don’t want to drag it out. I do know that we’re going to want to play more than one," Wilson said.


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