Big Ten football: Locals Peyton Ramsey, Tanner Morgan and Sean Clifford in QB competitions at their schools
The college football season is scheduled to begin on Aug. 24. By the time the season rolls around, there could be three local quarterbacks all starting at Big Ten schools. Or, they could all be relegated to backup roles.
Ramsey, a redshirt junior, was a starter all of last season, and four times his freshman season. Last season he went 295-for-447 passing (66%) for 2,875 yards, 19 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He also carried the ball 111 times for 354 yards and five touchdowns.
“As we approach the 2019 season, we have three quarterbacks that I believe are all capable of leading our football team,” Hoosiers head coach Tom Allen said at the conference's media day. “Peyton is a young man, the returning starter who has done a tremendous job for us. Obviously as the returning starter, he’s the guy they’ve got to beat out.”
At Minnesota, redshirt sophomore Morgan took over for Zack Annexstad midway through last season and led the Golden Gophers to a 4-2 record. In addition, he led the school to its first win at Wisconsin since 1994 and a bowl win against Georgia Tech.
He finished the season 89 of 152 passing for 1,401 yards, nine touchdowns and six interceptions. He also rushed for 51 yards and a score.
Morgan and Annexstad are expected to compete for the job for the 2019 season as well.
Redshirt sophomore Clifford is the most likely of the trio to be a starter this season. It is assumed the job is his, but Nittany Lions coach James Franklin isn't expected to name a starter anytime soon.
Athlon Sports even named Clifford as one of its 'Top 25 Breakout Quarterbacks'. In limited action last season, Clifford completed 5 of 7 passes for 195 yards and two touchdowns. He had a 95-yard touchdown pass against Kent State that was the longest pass play and play from scrimmage in program history.