Fall camp got underway a few weeks ago for head coach Kevin Wilson and his Indiana football team. Peegs.com will take a look at every position on the roster as the Hoosiers continue to prepare for the 2016 season. In our first preview we examine the quarterback position, which is a spot where IU has the difficult task of replacing a very good QB in Nate Sudfeld.
STATS: Last season Diamont completed 15-of-31 passes for 166 yards, and he rushed for 136 yards and two touchdowns
NOTES: Diamont is by far the most experienced quarterback on the roster as he is the only Hoosier QB that has started a game at this level. The Los Angeles native is not very big, and he won't wow you with his athletic ability, but he plays the game with reckless abandon and a chip on his shoulder, and he has shown the ability to make big plays with his legs at times. The two biggest question marks with Diamont center on his size and arm strength. He most likely will never be a 200-pound quarterback, but can he play and be effective for an entire season at 175 pounds, and can he make all the throws that need to be made for the IU offense to be successful. Diamont missed spring ball because of an injury, but he is back to 100 percent for Fall Camp and is in the mix to be the starter.
CLASS: Redshirt Sophomore
STATS: In one game of action last season Cameron completed 6-of-16 passes for 65 yards and one interception
NOTES: After redshirting in 2014 Cameron was the number three quarterback last fall for the Hoosiers. When Nate Sudfeld missed the Penn State because of an injury Cameron was the back-up to Zander Diamont, and he played most of the second half after Diamont was knocked out of the game because of an injury. Cameron, who is the son of former IU player and coach Cam Cameron, is not the most talented quarterback on the roster but he gives the Hoosiers a steady player who can manage the game and not make mistakes. After a few weeks of fall camp he appears to have a good shot at being the back-up.
CLASS: Redshirt Freshman
STATS: King redshirted last season as a true freshman
NOTES: King spent his true freshman campaign playing on the scout team offense as a redshirt. He came to IU with a reputation of being a very skilled passing QB that is a good fit for an offense that throws the ball as much as Indiana likes to. In the first few weeks of Fall Camp the Georgia native has shown the passing ability that made him such a coveted prospect coming out of Alpharetta H.S. Barring a rash of injuries this fall King will most likely see very little playing time, but he appears to have a bright future and could be the guy running the Indiana offense in a year or two.
CLASS: Redshirt Junior
NOTES: Lagow is a junior college transfer from Cisco C.C. in Texas. The Texas native enrolled at IU back in January and was able to participate in spring football with the Hoosiers. At Cisco he put up good numbers running an up-tempo offense that is very similar to what IU runs. Lagow is physically very similar to former Indiana standout Nate Sudfeld, and like Sudfeld he has a big arm that can make any throw a QB needs to make. Coming out of spring ball he was listed by the coaches as one of the top candidates to be the starter, and now after a few weeks of Fall Camp he appears to be in the driver's seat to be the starter when the Hoosiers open at Florida International on September 1st.
NOTES: Ramsey is a true freshman quarterback from Elder H.S. in Cincinnati, which is one of the top programs in Southwest Ohio. Ramsey played for his father at Elder and he combines the knowledge of being a coach's son with very good athletic ability and a solid arm. He finished his career with more than 6,700 yards passing and nearly 2,700 yards rushing. He also threw 49 touchdown passes to go along with 32 rushing touchdowns. Ramsey has a bright future but he will almost certainly redshirt this year which should give him an opportunity to get bigger and stronger while also learning the offense.
The Hoosiers have very few question marks on the offensive side of the ball for 2016, but a big one they do have is who will be under center on September 1st when they open the season at FIU, and is that person capable of playing at the level that is expected of an Indiana quarterback. While Diamont has the advantage on everyone with his experience, it appears that juco transfer Richard Lagow is the favorite to win the job. It would not be at all surprising to see a two quarterback system where two guys play that have different skill-sets. The Hoosiers did that in 2013 with Sudfeld and Tre Roberson and for the most part it was pretty effective. It is not the ideal situation for everyone involved, but if playing two guys is what gives the offense the best chance to be successful then that is what needs to be done. Whoever wins the job does not have to be Nate Sudfeld, but they do have to make enough plays to keep the opposing defense honest. The Hoosiers have a very good offensive line and outstanding skill players, but if the QB play is not where it needs to be it won't matter. They have to be able to make certain throws and they have to take care of the ball and not make mistakes that could cost the team wins.