Ongoing quarterback battles
As most informed Indiana Hoosier football fans could tell you, stability at the quarterback position has been hard to find in recent years. Last season, now-graduated Richard Lagow and current redshirt sophomore Peyton Ramsey split the quarterbacking duties relatively down the middle.
To give a brief comparison, here’s a quick look at each of their stat lines via IU football’s website.
- Passing / GP / effic / com-att-int / pct / yds / td / lg / avg/g
- Lagow / 10 / 124.79 / 172-295-8 / 58.3% / 1936 / 15 / 71 / 193.6
- Ramsey / 9 / 127.89 / 134-205-5 / 65.4% / 1252 / 10 / 45 / 139.1
- Rushing / att / gain / loss / net / avg / td / lg / avg/g
- Lagow / 37 / 81 / 131 / -50 / -1.4 / 0 / 14 / -5.0
- Ramsey / 92 / 327 / 101 / 226 / 2.5 / 2 / 26 / 25.1
Lagow’s passing stats are better than Ramsey’s, but it isn’t by much. While Ramsey does have a better TD/INT ratio and a better completion percentage, that has primarily to do with the type of passes each quarterback was throwing. Lagow’s longest pass on the season is nearly 30 yards longer than Ramsey’s, showing the difference in tendencies to air the ball out. Ramsey’s efficiency is better, however Lagow leads him by five in touchdowns and nearly 55 yards on average per game.
The line between the two is fine, but Lagow simply doesn’t compare to Ramsey when running with the football. Ramsey’s ability to scramble, make smart decisions quickly, and turn a broken play into something are all reasons he was named IU’s starting quarterback going into the first game of the season.
While it’s true that Peyton’s passing game should’ve continued to develop over the summer, his play through the air left a lot to be desired last season. Ideally, Ramsey could be the quarterback of the future in his time at IU. But, given his play last season and IU’s tendency to give other players chances, the door is still open for other quarterback’s to try and step in this season and beyond. Additionally, the number of quarterbacks the Hoosiers have tried recruiting is also indicative that while the job is Ramsey’s for the present, there’s no telling who will take it in the future.
IU’s 2019 QB recruits
As of right now, IU has offered scholarships to six pro-style quarterbacks and ten dual-threat quarterbacks. Translation: six Lagows and 10 Ramseys. Of the 16 offers, all but three have committed.
What’s less than encouraging, though, is that IU doesn’t currently seem to be very high on any of these guys’ lists. One of the three, Jayden Daniels, is a 6-foot-3 4-star from Cajon High School in San Bernardino, Calif. Daniels is 247Sports No. 2 ranked dual-threat quarterback and the No. 19 best player in the state of California. Daniel’s would be a huge get should Indiana find a way to turn the tide, but competing against UCLA, a team in Daniel’s home state, could be a tough fight for the Hoosiers to win.
Another one of the three offered dual-threats for Indiana is 4-star Lance LeGendre from Warren Easton in New Orleans, La. LeGendre is a very intriguing recruit, however it seems to be almost a lock that he stays home and attends LSU.
That leaves David Baldwin, a 3-star attending IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. Unlike LeGendre (22) and Daniels (25), Baldwin has received just 13 scholarship offers which bodes well for Indiana. Additionally, five of the Hoosiers’ 14 class of 2019 commits are from Florida, so Baldwin wouldn’t be alone.
Here’s a quick rundown on Baldwin’s sophomore and junior year stats retrieved from Max-Preps.
- Year / GP / C / Att / Yds / C% / Avg / TD / Int / LNG
- Junior / 13 / 145 / 224 / 2510 / .647% / 17.3 / 32 / 6 / 80
- Soph. / 11 / 106 / 248 / 1671 / .427% / 15.8 / 14 / 9 / 68
- Year / GP / Car / Yds / Avg / Lng / TD
- Junior / 13 / 56 / 458 / 8.2 / 86 / 3
- Soph. / 11 / 78 / 394 / 5.1 / 41 / 5
In nearly every category, Baldwin improved. Hopefully, he continues to do during his senior year. Assuming he continues trending in the right direction, it’s no question Baldwin shows all the tools and abilities to seriously compete at the college-level. He’s as good a dual threat as they come. Statistically, he has success running the ball. What’s more impressive, though, is how low he got his interception numbers his junior season. That shows not only is his athletic ability there, but he has the decision making ability to match it. Ideally, Baldwin chooses to continue demonstrating his talents while rocking cream and crimson. Should he not, Indiana’s search for a 2019 quarterback doesn’t look as if it’ll come to an end any time soon.