Arizona Grad Transfer QB Brandon Dawkins Going To Indiana. Now What?
All of a sudden, the Indiana offense looks dangerous again.
The Hoosiers and head coach Tom Allen caught a huge, huge break when Arizona grad transfer Brandon Dawkins chose to take his talents to Bloomington …
IU had its moments with the passing game last season. It had a good group of receivers, and it had a veteran quarterback in Richard Lagow who was okay – especially against Ohio State in the opener – but was a bit too erratic.
Peyton Ramsey stepped in early on and had a few great statistical games, but he got banged up, Lagow came back in, and it just wasn’t enough. The Hoosiers ended up doing just fine numbers-wise with the passing game, but they weren’t dangerous.
Dawkins should change that.
Ramsey is still in the mix for the starting job, and recruit Michael Penix is expected to be the star of the near future, but Dawkins adds a dynamic element to go along with his experience.
His biggest fault? He’s not Khalil Tate.
The writing was on the wall for the 6-3, 210-pounder out of California after Tate took over the Arizona starting quarterback job and became one of the nation’s most dangerous players. The pecking order wasn’t going to change under new head man Kevin Sumlin.
Had Dawkins wanted to play in the Big Ten, Illinois needed him, but it’s still rebuilding and it signed a transfer of its own in AJ Bush from Virginia Tech. Minnesota would’ve been a fantastic landing spot, too – PJ Fleck needs someone to get that boat rowing.
But he chose Indiana over Florida Atlantic and a whole host of other schools. The senior – he’ll graduate from Arizona in May – hit 61% of his passes last year and threw for 2,418 career yards with 15 touchdowns and 12 picks. But with his size and athleticism, he’s dangerous on the move, running for 1,582 yards and 20 scores in his three years.
WIth 12 of the 14 pass catchers from last year returning, and all five starters back on the O line, this should be fun.