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Indiana QB Michael Penix could be game-time decision again this week

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A week after being a game-time decision against Ohio State, Indiana quarterback Michael Penix appears to be heading to a similar fate this week. Only this time, the Hoosiers are hoping to get their starting quarterback on the field this week.

Indiana head coach Tom Allen the likely plan this week will be to leave a decision on whether or not to play Penix as a game-time decision, similar to last week. Just before the Hoosiers kicked off at home against the buckeyes, Penix was ruled out for the game. Peyton Ramsey took over the offense for the game. Ramsey would likely get the starting nod if Penix is ruled out for this weekend’s game against UConn. Jack Tuttle also played for Indiana against Ohio State and could be used as well.

“I don’t foresee it, hopefully, not being a day-to-day thing the rest of the season, but at the same time, for this Saturday’s game, we definitely aren’t going to know for several more days,” Allen said to reporters on Monday. “He probably will eventually be a game-time decision with him, but I don’t expect that to keep being the case every single week.”

The nature of the injury that has sidelined Penix has not been confirmed by Allen. Penix started the first two games of the season.

QB Brandon Dawkins leaves Indiana, forcing position change to pad depth

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Graduate transfer quarterback Brandon Dawkins is once again on the move with the start of the new college football season just days away. Dawkins has reportedly left Indiana a week after the Hoosiers opted to go with Peyton Ramsey as the team’s starting quarterback for the 2018 season. What comes next for him remains unknown at this time.

Dawkins transferred to Indiana from Arizona in April after graduating from the Pac-12 school. As a graduate transfer, Dawkins was eligible to play right away this fall, but it does not seem Dawkins was content to moving to Bloomington to not be the team’s starter.

“We wish (Dawkins) nothing but the very best, fine young man,” Indiana head coach Tom Allen said in a press conference on Monday, according to Indy Star. “Very excited about the two guys I consider our top two quarterbacks, Peyton Ramsey and Michael Penix.”

Indiana now has two quarterbacks on scholarship heading into the 2018 season; Ramsey and freshman Penix. Allen announced Reese Taylor will move from defensive backs to quarterback, a position he previously played in high school.

Indiana opens the 2018 season on the road against FIU on Saturday, September 1.