Peyton Ramsey, Northwestern quarterback from Elder HS, signs with Carolina Panthers
Former Elder High School standout quarterback Peyton Ramsey, who played last season for the Northwestern Wildcats after transferring from Indiana University, signed with the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted free agent, according to a tweet from NU head coach Pat Fitzgerald.
Ramsey's teammate at NU, linebacker Paddy Fisher, also signed with the Panthers, according to Fitzgerald.
The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Ramsey declared for the draft in January after helping Northwestern to a 6-2 record in the Big Ten and Citrus Bowl win against Auburn as a grad transfer. He announced in March 2020 that he was headed to NU after helping the Hoosiers to an 8-4 record the previous season and their first post-New Year's game since 1988.
Tommy Kraemer, Ramsey's former teammate at Elder who played at Notre Dame, signed with the Detroit Lions as an undrafted free agent.
Yahoo Sports' Eric Edholm reported last week via Twitter that the Cincinnati Bengals were among teams to meet with Ramsey.
Ramsey wanted to play at Northwestern coming out of Elder High School in Cincinnati, but did not receive an offer. Given a chance to transfer as a graduate student for the 2020 season, he chose to head to Evanston despite being the eighth passer on the Wildcats' roster. The move paid off with third-team All-Big Ten accolades (172-282-61.0, 1,733 yards, 12 TDs, eight INTs passing; 84-247-2.9, three TDs rushing) and an appearance in the Big Ten Championship Game. Ramsey had relocated to Northwestern from Indiana, where he had lost the starting battle to Michael Penix Jr. in 2019. He still started seven of 11 games played that year (204-300-68.0, 2,454 yards, 13 TDs, five INTs passing; 97-252-2.6, seven TDs rushing), though, because Penix was injured. Ramsey started all 12 contests in 2018 (295-447-66.0, 2,875 yards, 19 TDs, 13 INTs; 111-354-3.2, five TDs rushing), and started four of nine games played in 2017 (134-205-65.4, 1,252 yards, 10 TDs, five INTs; 92-226-2.5, two TDs rushing). In 2016, Ramsey began his career with the Hoosiers by redshirting and earning Scout Team Player of the Year honors. Ramsey is named after Peyton Manning. His brother, Montana, is named after Joe Montana. Another brother, Drew, is named after Drew Bledsoe.
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