Indiana Football: Former quarterback Peyton Ramsey headed to Northwestern

Indiana Football: Peyton Ramsey (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
Indiana Football: Peyton Ramsey (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) /

The Indiana football team will be without one of their main guys next year as Peyton Ramsey announced last week that he was headed to Northwestern.

Peyton Ramsey was a key piece in the Hoosiers success last year on the football field. After losing his starting job to Michael Penix Jr, Ramsey got his chance when Penix went down to injury. Ramsey was rewarded for sticking it out and ended up having a great year and helped lead Indiana to a winning Big Ten record and their first bowl appearance in the state of Florida.

But the prospect of having to sit behind Penix for his senior year was too much and Ramsey announced shortly after the season that he would be entering the transfer portal. It was unknown where he would end up until last week when he announced on Twitter that he would be headed to fellow Big Ten school Northwestern.

Ramsey will undoubtedly be the favorite to be the starter for the Wildcats after they struggled to just three wins on the year and one in the Big Ten. The Northwestern quarterbacks threw just six touchdown passes last year while tossing 15 interceptions. Ramsey should be a huge upgrade for the Wildcats.

Ramsey threw for 2,454 yards and 13 touchdowns last year for the Hoosiers while only throwing five interceptions. For his career, he has thrown 42 touchdowns and 6,581 yards in three years. He will immediately make Northwestern a darkhorse candidate in the Big Ten West.

Most Indiana fans were disappointed to see Ramsey leave, but you have to understand why he left. He has shown he can be a good quarterback in the Big Ten but was probably not going to get a chance to show that his senior year.

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The Hoosiers do not play Northwestern next year, so the only way they could see Ramsey is in the Big Ten title game and if that were to happen I don’t think any Hoosier fan would care.

Ramsey gave a lot for the Hoosier faithful to cheer for and should wish him nothing but the best in his new adventure with the Wildcats.