Peyton Ramsey had every reason to jump in the NCAA transfer portal when the 2019 season starter. Despite being a two-year starter at Indiana, he was in a backup position behind Michael Penix Jr. A lot of quarterbacks would have moved on.

Ramsey decided to stick around, though, and that decision has paid off. Not only has Ramsey logged valuable playing time this season, he’s also been the starter when Penix has been out with injury. And now, with the redshirt freshman undergoing season-ending surgery, Indiana’s offense is under the leadership of Ramsey.

Because of his willingness to stick around and his production on the field this season, head coach Tom Allen has named Ramsey a team captain. The announcement was made on Thursday, as the Hoosiers prepare to travel to State College this weekend to take on No. 9 Penn State.

Ramsey has played in seven games this season, throwing for 1,302 yards and nine touchdowns with just three interceptions. He’s completing passes at a 72 percent clip, one of the highest marks in the nation. Ramsey has also rushed for 122 yards and a score.

Indiana sits at 7-2 this season and is enjoying one of the best years on the gridiron in recent memory. Ramsey’s willingness to stick it out in Bloomington is a big reason behind that.

He’s more than deserving of the honor.