Tom Allen says he didn’t name a starting QB for a reason, McCulley to WR – The Daily Hoosier
Will it be Connor Bazelak or Jack Tuttle under center on Sept. 2 when Indiana opens its 2022 season against Illinois?
While many think they know the answer, IU fans will likely have to wait until the week before this game to be sure.
Although Bazelak has a proven track record, Allen says he hasn’t seen enough this spring to name a starter, and he sees benefits in keeping the competition open.
“I didn’t name a starter for a reason coming from spring football, and I wanted the guys to come into the summer with great, high-level competition,” Allen told Dan Dakich in a radio interview on 107.5 The Fan this week. “Competition is what makes us all great.
“This quarterback position is a special position with the leadership role that comes with it, the day-to-day demands of this position and how you have to set the tone for the entire football team.
“No. 1, I didn’t feel like it was clear (who should be the starter), and No. 2, I love competition. When evaluating players, I want guys who are I want guys who like being put in a tough spot and they’re going to rise to the top and aren’t afraid to have talented guys in their room.
“I want these guys to have that mindset and understand that it’s about winning the locker room, so that’s a process that you go through, and I want that to happen throughout the summer and at fall camp.”
The 6-foot-3, 222-pound Bazelak arrived as a transfer from Missouri in time to train with IU this spring. In 24 career games, including 20 starts, he threw for 5,084 yards, 23 touchdowns and 17 interceptions while completing 66.4% of his passes.
The 6-foot-4, 217-pound Tuttle is back for his fourth Hoosier season. Injuries limited him to six games last year. He threw for 423 yards with two touchdowns and five interceptions.
Dexter Williams is likely the third quarterback to enter fall camp.
MCCULLEY APPEARS TOWARDS THE WIDE RECEIVER
The summer quarterback competition apparently won’t include former 4-star recruit Donaven McCulley.
In a interview on Indiana Sports Talk on 107.5 Indianapolis fan, IU football radio voice Don Fischer said McCulley was traded to wide receiver this offseason.
“They decided to make him a wide receiver,” Fischer said. “He’s really embraced that change, and I think he’s going to make a difference over time at Indiana in that wide receiver role, because he’s a big, strong physical boy.”
McCulley was expected to wear a redshirt at the start of the 2021 season, but a wave of injuries put him on duty.
He ended up starting four times and playing in seven games, and became the third true freshman quarterback in Indiana history to start a game and the sixth overall to see action. McCulley completed 35 of 85 for 475 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions, and he rushed 64 times for 135 yards with two touchdowns.
As he moves to wide receiver, a redshirt season could once again be on the table to give McCulley time to develop and learn the nuances of the position under the new wide receiver and former NFL assistant. AdamHenry.
When he’s ready, McCulley will give IU something the Hoosiers haven’t had in a while – a high, athletic target. The idea of McCulley’s 6-foot-5, 210-pound frame running around the court makes Fischer think of one of the program’s all-time great spreaders.
“I would say in some ways he’s in the same mold as James Hardy,” Fischer said.
The late 6-foot-6 Hardy finished his tenure at Bloomington as the school’s all-time leader in catches, yards and touchdowns before being drafted in the second round by the Buffalo Bills.
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