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Spring Practice Primer: Quarterback

Peegs.com previews the QB position for the Hoosiers with spring practice getting underway a week from Saturday.

IU will have a 13 game starter back at quarterback this fall in Richard Lagow, but they will also have a new offensive coaching staff that will open up competition for the job starting this spring. Peegs.com takes a look at the signal-callers on the Indiana roster with our QB Position Primer.

RETURNING STARTER

http://www.scout.com/player/155917-richard-lagow?s=170

CLASS: Redshirt Senior

STATS: In 2016 Lagow completed 253-of-438 passes (58 percent) for 3,362 yards with 19 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. He also had two rushing touchdowns and one touchdown reception.

NOTES: Richard Lagow had an up and down season last fall in his first year with the Hoosiers. The Texas native was second in the Big Ten in passing yards per game and fifth in touchdown passes, but he also threw 17 interceptions, which was the second highest total in the league. The game that probably best sums up Lagow’s season was the loss to Wake Forest where he set a school record with 496 yards passing, but he also threw five interceptions. That game, much like the entire season for Lagow, showed that he has the ability to be one of the better quarterbacks in the Big Ten, but it also showed that he needs to improve his decision-making and execution at times. If Lagow can eliminate many of the mistakes that plagued him in 2016 he has a chance for a big senior season in 2017.

 

TOP RETURNEES

http://www.scout.com/player/180614-austin-king?s=170

CLASS: Redshirt Sophomore

STATS: King did not see any game action in 2016.

NOTES: Austin King did not get on the field in 2016 after spending the 2015 season as a redshirt. The redshirt sophomore is not going to give the offense much as a runner, but as a passer he is very talented. Coming out of Alpharetta H.S. in Georgia he was highly thought of as a pocket-passer that could make about any throw a quarterback needs to make. Former coach Kevin Wilson was high on King’s ability, but was disappointed at times in his work ethic when it came to practice and off the field study. If he can improve that he could certainly be in the mix to get on the field this fall for the Hoosiers.

 

http://www.scout.com/player/184815-peyton-ramsey?s=170

CLASS: Redshirt Freshman

STATS: Ramsey redshirted last season as a true freshman.

NOTES: Peyton Ramsey spent the 2016 season as a redshirt on the scout team and he was impressive in that role. He was named offensive scout team player of the week five times, and after the season he was named offensive scout team player of the year. He gives IU a dual-threat QB that can make plays with his arm and his legs. Coming out of high school he needed some work on his passing, so it will be interesting to see how much progress he has made in that area this spring. It would not be shocking to see Ramsey come out of spring ball as the number two QB for the Hoosiers.

 

http://www.scout.com/player/193293-danny-cameron?s=170

CLASS: Redshirt Junior

STATS: Did not see any game action in 2016. In his career he has completed 6-of-16 passes (38 percent) for 65 yards with one interception.

NOTES: After seeing some playing time during the 2015 season, Danny Cameron did not get on the field last fall in his third year with the program. He is the son of former IU player and coach Cam Cameron. The Louisiana native is not the most talented quarterback on the roster, but he is a coach’s son that knows the game and gives the Hoosiers some depth at the QB position.

 

KEY LOSSES

Zander Diamont – In his career Diamont played in 16 games and started seven. He completed 88-of-178 (49 percent) for 873 yards with two touchdown passes and five interceptions, and he rushed for 513 yards on 112 carries (4.6 yards per carry) with eight touchdowns.

 

PROJECTED DEPTH CHART

Starter: Richard Lagow

Back-up: Peyton Ramsey

3rd string: Austin King

 

ANALYSIS

The Hoosiers return their starting QB in Richard Lagow, but with an entirely new offensive staff there will certainly be an open competition for the job this spring and into Fall Camp. Lagow has an advantage because he is an experienced QB that has been through a Big Ten season and so he knows what to expect. Last fall the Texas native was very good at times, and other times he really struggled. If he can clean up his mistakes and improve his decision-making he has a chance to finish his IU career with an outstanding season because the talent is there. The one issue with Lagow is his lack of mobility. Tom Allen has stated that he wants a QB that can move around a little bit and that is not Lagow’s strong suit.

Behind Lagow there are a couple young quarterbacks with different skill-sets. Austin King is a lot like Lagow in that he can really throw the ball but he is not much of a dual-threat. What King does bring to the table is a good arm with a quick release and good accuracy. He is the ideal QB for a passing spread offense, and with the weapons IU has at receiver and RB he could be a good fit. Peyton Ramsey on the other hand is a very good runner that can also make plays with his arm. If Ramsey is able to throw the ball well enough he could be the dark-horse candidate to be the starter this fall. He was very impressive last fall as a redshirt on the scout team, and with his background as a coach’s son combined with his physical talent it would not be surprising to see him squarely in the mix to play in 2017. At the very least, maybe he is used in a similar role to how IU used Zander Diamont this past fall as a Wildcat QB. Fourth-year junior Danny Cameron provides the Hoosiers with depth at the QB position.


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