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Tuesday, April 10, 2018 11:30 pm

Hoosiers get ex-Arizona QB

DYLAN SINN | The Journal Gazette

Former Arizona quarterback Brandon Dawkins will play his final season with Indiana next year as a grad transfer, according to a report from ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg.

The 6-foot-3 Dawkins was the Wildcats' starting quarterback in 2016 and for the first four games of 2017 before sophomore backup Khalil Tate exploded with a huge game against Colorado and took the starting job. Dawkins threw for 2,418 yards and 15 touchdowns in three seasons at Arizona, while running for 1,582 yards and 20 touchdowns. The Oxnard, Calif. native completed 56 percent of his passes for the Wildcats.

"A big thing for them is fitting the system to their quarterback," Dawkins told ESPN about Indiana. "That's huge. If the fit isn't right, you can't just force it. Obviously, I'm going to be learning a whole new system, but they're not going to make me do things I'm not comfortable doing."

Dawkins enters a quarterback competition at Indiana that also includes freshman Peyton Ramsey and incoming incoming freshman Michael Penix Jr. The Cream and Crimson spring game is noon Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

dsinn@jg.net