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  • Indiana University Indiana redshirt freshman quarterback Peyton Ramsey has 117 rushing yards along with his 316 passing yards through four games this season. He will make his first start Saturday against Charleston Southern.

Thursday, October 05, 2017 1:00 am

IU seeks boost from new QB

Mobile Ramsey taking reins of inconsistent group

Ben Portnoy | For The Journal Gazette

Indiana vs. Charleston Southern

When: 3:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Memorial Stadium, Bloomington

TV: Big Ten Network

Radio: 1250 AM

BLOOMINGTON – When Peyton Ramsey got the nod as the new starting quarterback for Indiana this week the first person he called was his father, Doug, who was also his high school coach.

“Yeah he was excited,” Ramsey said. “Told me that he'd seen me work and that I earned it and that he's really excited for me.”

As a coach's son, the Cincinnati Elder product was always pushed in high school to outwork his competitors. And although his father isn't the coach pushing him anymore, Ramsey's work ethic has continued to excel in his time at Indiana.

“All the small things, sprints and up-downs and the weight room, I think it says a lot about my character and how hard I'm willing to work on the little things that the big things are definitely going to matter to me,” Ramsey said.

While nowhere near the gunslinger former starter Richard Lagow is, the 6-foot-2, 210-pound Ramsey more than makes up for his arm strength with his legs. Through four games this season, the redshirt freshman has 117 rushing yards along with to his 316 passing yards.

“Every time that he's gone into the game the run game has opened up more and that helps you control the ball more,” Associate head coach and offensive coordinator Mike DeBord said. “He's also a guy who you can do things on the move as well.”

Ramsey's versatility was on display before this season started. In the Cream and Crimson game in April, Ramsey was the star of the show. The redshirt freshman finished 10 of 17 for 92 yards with one passing and one rushing touchdown along with an interception. And if the spring game indicated anything, it's that Ramsey's ability to extend plays will be crucial to his and the Indiana offense's success.

“I think to me it has to be a situation where we build our offense around what Peyton does best,” Allen said. “The throws that he makes and can make and will make and be able to force the defense to have to account for him in the run game as well as extending plays.”

While playing well in spurts against Ohio State and Penn State and crushing weaker opponents in Georgia Southern and Virginia, the Hoosiers' offense hasn't quite had the consistency they need on offense.

With a Week 5 matchup against Charleston Southern on Saturday, Ramsey will play one of the easier teams on the Hoosiers' schedule this year in his first start.

But in his mind, the Buccaneers are just like any other opponent Indiana has played this year.

“We prepare for every game like it's the biggest game of our year and that's what we're going to do this week,” Ramsey said. “And we're going to get after them just like we got after Penn State, just like we got after Virginia, just like we prepared for Ohio State.”