Three quarterbacks, one starter. It’s a situation that several programs deal with each and every year, but the battle going on during camp at Indiana this year is particularly interesting.

Indiana finds itself with three quality quarterbacks entering the 2019 season — returning starter Peyton Ramsey, dual-threat guy Michael Penix Jr., and former four-star gunslinger Jack Tuttle. All will have a shot to win the starting job over the next month.

Head coach Tom Allen is expecting to see a lot of competition among the three guys.

“I think it’s going to be highly, highly competitive,” Allen said during his press conference on Thursday, according to Zach Osterman of the Indianapolis Star.

Ramsey is the most experienced guy in the room, having started the last two years in Bloomington. Last fall, he threw for 2,875 yards and 19 touchdowns while completing 66 percent of his passes. Ramsey also churned out 354 yards and five scores on the ground for the Hoosiers.

Penix appeared in just three games before suffering a season-ending injury. In limited action, he 219 passing yards and a touchdown.

Tuttle brings a lot of excitement to the room, having been a former four-star prospect and one of the highest-rated players in IU’s history. He hasn’t played a snap of college football, though, so his inexperience could be an issue during the offseason battle.

While Allen says the race is wide open, Ramsey will be the No. 1 guy to start fall camp.

“Who’s going to go in with the 1s that first time? It’s going to be Peyton,” Allen said. “He’s earned that.”

Experience is certainly a bonus for Ramsey, but with new offensive coordinator Kalen DeBoer running the show, all three guys are learning a new playbook. That may level the playing field for Penix and Tuttle to get their shot at the starting job.

Ramsey enters camp as the guy under center. Penix and Tuttle will get their shot to dethrone the incumbent, though.

Indiana will open the season at Lucas Oil Stadium against Ball State on Saturday, Aug. 31.