Previewing Indiana Football's Quarterback Room.

Will Ohio transfer Kurtis Rourke start this fall? Not so fast says head coach Curt Cignetti.

Indiana's Kurtis Rourke (9) passes during Indiana football spring practice at Memorial Stadium.
Indiana's Kurtis Rourke (9) passes during Indiana football spring practice at Memorial Stadium. / Rich Janzaruk/Herald-Times / USA TODAY
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Alberto Mendoza
Mandarin linebacker Jackson Copeland (7) pulls down Miami Columbus quarterback Alberto Mendoza (15) / Clayton Freeman/Florida Times-Union /

Alberto Mendoza Incoming Freshman:

Cignetti recruited Alberto Mendoza to James Madison, and he followed Cignetti to Bloomington. Mendoza is likely on the outside looking in because he doesn't arrive on campus until the summer. That puts him behind fellow 2024 recruit Tyler Cherry. It would seem more likely for Mendoza to take a redshirt this season.

There's the chance he and Tyler Cherry could be in competition for QB1 next spring.


Tayven Jackson Redshirt Sophomore:

Tayven Jackson
Indiana v Penn State / Scott Taetsch/GettyImages

The Tennessee transfer might have the best shot at taking the starting job from Rourke. Jackson did start last season, sharing time with Brendan Sorsby before an injury knocked him out of the starting lineup. Cignetti and his offensive staff want to run the quarterback and Jackson does have the wheels to run.

He sometimes struggled to throw the football, but the offense improved under Sorsby. However, if this continues through the summer and Jackson picks up the offense, he could give Rourke legitimate competition.