Peyton Ramsey had a storybook redshirt junior season at Indiana, coming off the bench to help guide IU to an improbable eight win season and a trip to the Gator Bowl.
But there was no fairy tale ending, as Ramsey decided to use his final season of eligibility elsewhere rather than return to the bench behind starter Michael Penix, Jr.
Ramsey transferred to Northwestern after the 2019 season, and the Wildcats officially announced the addition of the Ohio native to their roster on Tuesday. In the release from Northwestern, Ramsey thanked IU for his four seasons in Bloomington.
I would like to thank everyone at Indiana University for allowing me to live out my dream of playing college football, said Ramsey. I would especially like to thank my teammates that pushed me, encouraged me, and trusted me. Sometimes the road to realizing your dreams can take you in a different direction than you expected.
Ramsey will be an easy player for IU fans to get behind when the 2020 season kicks off. First, Indiana doesn’t face the Wildcats in 2020, so there should be no awkward moments barring a meeting at the Big Ten championship game.
But it is more than that.
The 6-foot-2 quarterback carried himself with dignity and grace throughout his career at IU. Ramsey began two out of his three seasons as a backup for IU, and was always ready when duty called.
Ramsey, who graduated in May from IU with a secondary education degree, appeared in 32 games in three seasons for the Hoosiers, making 23 starts.
During his time in Bloomington, Ramsey completed 66.5% of his career pass attempts for 6,581 yards and 42 touchdowns, while rushing for 832 yards and 14 touchdowns.
The Cincinnati, Ohio, native was named honorable mention All-Big Ten in 2019 after finishing second in the Conference for completion percentage, fourth in yards per attempt and fifth in passer rating