The season officially gets underway for Big Ten teams Thursday night, when Indiana kicks off against Florida International at 7:30 p.m. in Miami.
Perhaps no one is more excited than Indiana starting quarterback Richard Lagow.
— Richard Lagow (@RichardLagow) September 1, 2016
Lagow, a junior college transfer from Cisco (Texas) Community College, was officially named the Hoosiers starter last week. The announcement brought the end to a long, arduous journey for Lagow to earn the starting role at an FBS program.
The Indianapolis Star’s Zach Osterman detailed Lagow’s career in a well-written profile that you can read here.
Originally recruited to UConn, coaching changes led the native of Plano, Texas, to walk on at Oklahoma State. From there the 6-foot-6, 237-pound quarterback transferred to Cisco, where he eventually caught the eye of Indiana coach Kevin Wilson.
From the Star:
There, Lagow threw for 4,506 yards, 38 touchdowns and 17 interceptions over two seasons. Last fall, he completed 66 percent of his passes, numbers good enough to make him the No. 3 pro-style quarterback at the junior college level, according to 247Sports.
Knowing they would lose Nate Sudfeld to graduation after the season, the Hoosiers recruited Lagow hard, eventually beating out Colorado State, UNLV and Memphis. He transferred to Bloomington in January.
Lagow beat out Zander Diamont and Danny Cameron for the starting role, and he has plenty of weapons to throw to from last year’s top offense in the Big Ten in passing and total yards.
Whether Lagow can replace the production of Nate Sudfeld — now with the Washington Redskins — remains to be seen. He’ll make his first impression Thursday night at FIU Stadium in Miami.