Tom Allen has made it pretty clear that Peyton Ramsey is trotting out with the first-team offense in the early portion of fall camp. As a two-year starter, the incumbent deserves it, according to the Indiana head coach.
It doesn’t mean Ramsey won’t face competition throughout camp, though. Michael Penix Jr. and Jack Tuttle will have an opportunity to unseat Ramsey and lead the Hoosiers’ offense this fall.
Some staffs would like to name a starter sooner rather than later. And while that’s no different in Bloomington, IU isn’t in any hurry to write out the depth chart in permanent ink for the Week 1 game against Ball State.
According to Zach Osterman of the Indianapolis Star, new offensive coordinator Kalen DeBoer is patient with the competition under center. He wants to see how things play out — or if anyone separates himself — before choosing a guy.
Offensive coordinator Kalen DeBoer says staff will let quarterback competition play out a little bit early in camp. Not putting a hard deadline down right now. #iufb
— Zach Osterman (@ZachOsterman) August 7, 2019
Ramsey is obviously the experienced guy and likely the favorite to win the job out of fall camp. But with Penix returning from injury and Tuttle, a former four-star prospect, in the mix, there should be some solid competition.
That should help the Indiana offense, especially now that it’s operating a new offensive system. It almost levels the playing field for all three guys, though Ramsey has much more game experience than his two competitors.
Still, the competition is wide open. Don’t expect a starter to be named for at least a few days.