Tom Allen Names Peyton Ramsey The Hoosiers' New Starting QB
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- After what head coach Tom Allen says was a "disappointing" performance against Penn State on the road, the Hoosiers are looking to put their 45-14 blowout loss to the Nittany Lions behind them.
Indiana will host Charleston Southern at Memorial Stadium this Saturday at 3:30 EDT, in a game which is their make-up game for this season after their Week 3 meeting with Florida International was canceled.
A big change coming for this week's game for the Hoosiers is the decision to start Peyton Ramsey at quarterback, which demotes regular starter Richard Lagow for now. Allen says its an effort to build an offense around the player that he feels gives Indiana the best chance to win.
"As you look back at the first four games, our ability to move the ball, score points and build a team around whoever gives us the best chance to win on game day is important," Allen said. "I feel that Peyton Ramsey gives us the best chance to do that."
Both Lagow and Ramsey had been on a loose plan of sharing snaps up to this point of the season. The two saw an almost identical number of snaps against Penn State with Ramsey throwing the Hoosiers' lone passing touchdown, but he also threw an interception.
In spite of that, Allen says that he feels he and his staff need to build the Indiana offense around what Peyton does best, which is running. Along with his 78 yards of passing, Ramsey carried the ball twelve times for 53 yards against Penn State. Those yards were part of a total of 177 total rushing yards by Indiana divvied up between Ramsey and freshman running backs Morgan Ellison and Cole Gest.
"To me its about moving the chains and creating scoring opportunities for our team," Allen continued on Ramsey. "So building a strategy around that is going to be around Peyton's strengths."
The Hoosiers are 2-2 and will have a two game stretch at home, something that Allen says his team needs. The face Charleston Southern this Saturday at 3:30 EDT on 107.5 and 1070 The Fan. Michigan comes to Bloomington the following weekend.
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