Written By Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)
The quarterback competition has been burning for the last month in Bloomington as the Hoosiers have completed 13-of-15 spring practices. Late on Tuesday night, gas was thrown on that fire as graduate transfer Brandon Dawkins will be putting on the Cream and Crimson this fall. The announcement was first reported by ESPN's Adam Rittenberg.
Dawkins comes to Indiana by way of Arizona where he played in 22 games and amassed 2,418 passing yards, 1,582 rushing yards and 35 total touchdowns, before losing the job to freshman phenom Kahlil Tate. Dawkins' dual-threat abilities make him a great fit for the offense that OC Mike DeBord wants to run.
In the ESPN article Dawkins said he choose IU because "(they) definitely showed that they're interested and they wanted me, they made that clear and apparent. I really respect that about them. They weren't going to dance around. They genuinely wanted me."
Dawkins visited IU at the end of March and was impressed by what he saw. In an interview with Peegs.com writer Matt Weaver Dawkins said, "They hit all of the check marks on my list. I was very impressed with my trip there. I am still taking my other visits to schools though. I want to be done with the whole process as soon as I can be. I'm not in high school and so I don't want to drag it on and wait to the last minute, but I want to weigh all of my options then make my decision as soon as I can.”
Dawkins will be competing with redshirt sophomore Peyton Ramsey, early enrollee Mike Penix and redshirt freshman Nick Tronti for the starting postition. Ramsey is the only other quarterback who has game experience playing in nine games for the Hoosiers a year ago.