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Four Takeaways from IUFB’s 38-28 Win Over FIU

Hoosiers open with a win!

Indiana football kicked the year off with a 38-28 road win over FIU. There was some good, some bad, and some question marks. Here are my four main takeaways from IUFB’s openers:

1. Peyton Ramsey and Mike Penix look great

• Ramsey only made one bad pass where the slants were not spaced well at all, ultimately leading to his first interception of the season. Ramsey threw for 74% comp (20-27) and threw three great touchdowns. He looked poised and navigated in the pocket very well. However, Penix isn’t conceding the QB competition after going 8-10 passing and threw a swing pass out to Majette on a DART. The live arm that we have heard about was displayed well, even in a small sample size. I am excited about what I saw from both of them, if the line can protect whoever is in, I feel comfortable with either.

2. Donavan Hale has potential to have a breakout season.

• Everyone knows that Hale is a great receiver, but he looked like he has taken his game to another level. Hale made a great TD reception and bodied his defender a couple times throughout the night. Look for Ramsey to up his targets in the upcoming weeks, especially in the red zone.

3. The defense is young, and needs to tighten things up.

• At the end of the day, IU twitter fans seemed to be overreacting heavily to the game. Nobody seemed to understand that FIU went 8-5 the season before after losing their bowl game. If people knew this, hopefully they would understand that 28 points is not a horrible thing. There were plenty of young moments where the coverage crew looked like they were in a frenzy and scrambling. The linebackers also looked like they were filling gaps slow, but I believe both of these will improve as experience is gained.

4. Reese Taylor is very, VERY good at football.

• Reese was used at slot, lined up in the backfield, and played defensive back. Not many college players play both ways, let alone doing so in the Big Ten. His first collegiate touch went for 32 yards when he broke a couple tackles and showed a flash of the electricity that he can generate. His touches will increase as well as his snaps on offense so that teams cant cue on him whenever he comes in.

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