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Lagow named starting QB

Lagow earns starting QB job for FIU

It has been known for weeks that Richard Lagow was leading the pack in IU's race for the starting quarterback spot.

On Friday, head coach Kevin Wilson made the decision official.

"He has kind of been the one," said Wilson during his pre-Florida International press conference. "It wasn't a formal announcement that needed to be made. The team has been practicing, the players know it, the timing has been there. We actually evolved to that about after the seventh practice. So he's kind of been the guy."

Lagow won the starting job over veterans Zander Diamont and Danny Cameron, and it was a combination of physical traits plus his play on the practice field that made the difference. Diamont, however, could still see some time.

"He has been, statistically, the best guy," Wilson said. "He's 240 pounds. He's 6-5-plus. Zander is better than he has been. I'm not for playing two guys, but Zander gives us a niche with his ability to run. 

Wilson also said Lagow's mobility will be a positive and added that he believes Lagow's ability to move around will be a step above what former QB Nate Sudfeld brought to the field over the last couple of years. 

So what can Hoosier fans expect from Lagow?

"He has a good arm, and he can make all the throws whether it be the long throws to the field or the deep throws," Wilson said. "I think he does pass the ball with some touch. He's not going to just rear back and rip it. Because he's a big guy, we had to work a lot on his feet. He can move around and such that he can get in bad positions where his accuracy can go down. So when he gets his feet set, he's really, really accurate."

Wilson also said Lagow won't be on a short leash, and he admitted he expects his junior-college transfer to make some mistakes. But Lagow doesn't have to worry about looking over his shoulder should he have some issues on the field. A change will only be made if the Hoosiers aren't scoring, which is the approach Wilson has taken in the past.

Wilson was impressed with the maturity his QBs have shown through the camp. 

"I appreciate the way those kids have come to work every day," Wilson said. "No one has taken it personal. They've kept their egos in check and gotten better. We're going to need them to keep doing that."


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