Indiana football got a giant addition on Tuesday night in the form of former Arizona starting quarterback Brandon Dawkins, who joins the team as a graduate transfer. ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg reported the news Tuesday night, and head coach Tom Allen confirmed it Wednesday on a teleconference with reporters.
Dawkins will have one more year of eligibility after redshirting his true freshman year, seeing action as a redshirt freshman, starting as a redshirt sophomore and seeing action as a redshirt junior.
— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) April 11, 2018
“I didn’t see a better fit for me,” Dawkins told ESPN. ” I could have committed there two weeks ago. There were other schools, but at the end of the day, Indiana definitely showed that they’re interested and they wanted me, they made that clear and apparent. I really respect that about them. They weren’t going to dance around. They genuinely wanted me.”
At Arizona, Dawkins appeared in five games as a redshirt freshman, throwing for 338 yards and two touchdowns. As the starter in 2016, he started nine games and appeared in one more, throwing for 1,345 yards and eight scores then while starting five games in 2017, he threw for 670 yards and five touchdowns.
But he’s also a rushing threat, churning for two scores in 2015, 944 yards and 10 scores in 2016 and 258 yards and six touchdowns in 2017.
Dawkins, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound product from Oxnard, Calif., was a 3-star quarterback recruit out of high school.
In the ESPN story, he said he’s excited to jump into the quarterback competition (against Peyton Ramsey and others) and that he’s going to be pushed but he’s ready for it.