CHICAGO – Indiana coach Tom Allen made it clear that, for the second straight season, the starting quarterback job will be up for grabs as the team heads into fall camp.
The competition will feature three candidates: returning starter Peyton Ramsey, who threw for nearly 2,900 yards and 19 touchdowns last season; big-armed redshirt freshman Michael Penix Jr., who is coming off an ACL injury but looked promising in limited action in 2018; and Utah transfer Jack Tuttle, a four-star recruit in the 2018 class.
Ramsey will get first crack at keeping his job, according to Allen, but all three will get first-team reps.
“Obviously as the returning starter, (Ramsey)'s the guy they've got to beat out,” Allen said at Big Ten Media Days on Thursday. “But I believe in Michael Penix who's worked extremely hard ... and is fully healthy and ready to go.
“Jack Tuttle ... has a tremendous arm talent and ability to lead our football team.”
The Hoosiers don't intend on going with a two-quarterback system and plan to name a starter before Week 1. Allen said that the passer selected would be one that his teammates believe in.
“They're all a little bit different,” the coach said. “But they all have the ability to throw the football and extend plays, which is a key ingredient to what we're trying to accomplish offensively.”
Commissioner's last Media Days
Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany has presided over 31 Media Days in his influential tenure. His question-and-answer session Thursday was his final appearance at the annual season-kickoff event as he prepares to step down on Jan. 1, 2020.
Delany's successor, former Minnesota Vikings chief operating officer and University of Pennsylvania basketball player Kevin Warren, will begin working Sept. 16 and Delany will stick around a few months to help smooth the transition.
“I don't think it will be awkward at all,” Delany said of the transition period. “(Warren and I) have got a really nice way with each other. I'm incredibly impressed by what he's done in his life, and kind of the skill set, the person that he is. I think it's going to be a great fit.
“One of the commitments I made was to try to be the best commissioner in transition that I can be, and I'm confident we can do that. “
Purdue's Moore earns honor
Boilermakers wide receiver and kick returner Rondale Moore, who earned the Big Ten's Freshman of the Year and Receiver of the Year awards in 2018, was one of 10 players named to the conference's preseason honor list.
Moore is coming off one of the best seasons by a true freshman in recent memory, catching 114 passes, just the second 100-catch season in Boilermakers history, for 1,258 yards and 12 touchdowns.
The New Albany native is joined on the preseason list by running backs J.K. Dobbins of Ohio State and Heisman Trophy-contender Jonathan Taylor of Wisconsin. Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez was honored, as was Dobbins' Buckeyes teammate defensive end Chase Young.
Michigan State also had two honorees in linebacker Joe Bachie and defensive end Kenny Willekes.