Allen will trust his gut when mixing in Lagow, Ramsey

There won’t be a script.

Indiana coach Tom Allen will manage his dual-quarterback approach to offense by trusting his gut.

Allen said Monday that he’ll consider the hot hand when weighing whether to insert senior Richard Lagow or redshirt freshman Peyton Ramsey during Saturday’s game against Florida International.

Lagow remains Indiana’s starter despite getting pulled for the more mobile Ramsey in the second quarter of Saturday’s 34-17 win at Virginia. Both players will share snaps moving forward, and Allen says he’ll juggle the two quarterbacks based on how he sees the game progressing.

“I just feel like we just got to go with our gut, prepare them to play at a high level (and) see how the game plays itself out,” Allen said.

Ramsey caught Virginia off guard last week, giving the Hoosiers at least a semblance of a running attack while rushing for a total of 59 yards and finishing with a net of 32. Cavaliers coach Bronco Mendenhall said Ramsey’s presence changed the tempo of IU’s offense, making it difficult to initally adjust.

In addition to throwing for two scores, Ramsey also scrambled into the end zone on a 26-yard touchdown run.

“They had zero success at running the football, and he came in,” Mendenhall said. “Quarterback runs take a little bit more of involving your secondary. We played a zone one time and then he scrambled for a touchdown … We just hadn’t seen him much.”

Ramsey won’t be a secret anymore, though having the ability to connect in the passing game will help keep opponents honest. Lagow has the better arm, but his feet are an issue. Ramsey certainly has the better scrambling ability, though he doesn’t have quite the same downfield throwing power. However, Ramsey did do a nice job of simply taking what the defense gave him against Virginia, completing each of his first 11 passes.

When mixing and matching quarterbacks during the upcoming weeks, it’ll be up to Allen and offensive coordinator Mike DeBord to find the proper fits for both Lagow and Ramsey.

“I think every game is different,” DeBord said. “As Coach (Allen) said, we’ll always play both guys. You just see how the game is going and what’s there. I think every game has a different story. I don’t know what the story will be this week, either. We’ll just see how this plays out.”

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  1. The determing factor may well be how well the OL is playing. If the OL can’t protect Lagow then IU has no real choice but hope Ramsey can do the job. I know Ramsey’s effectiveness running the ball will get tougher as teams prepare for him and the quality of the opponent gets better. For IU to do well this year both QBs need to play well when inserted in the game.

    I would like to see the team find different ways to get the ball to our receivers because they are exceptional players. We can’t keep ignoring Thomas and Timian in games. IU can make it very difficult for defenses if they can get the ball to all four receivers in a variety of different passes. One major area is the seam routes that open up when teams try to double the WR. I we would run the seam route against that coverage it would also help open up the running game.

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