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Ex-Arizona QB Brandon Dawkins to transfer to Indiana

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The former Wildcat is headed to the Big Ten

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Former Arizona Wildcats quarterback Brandon Dawkins is joining the Indiana Hoosiers, according to ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg.

Dawkins, a graduate transfer, has one year of eligibility left and can play immediately.

He also visited to FAU and reportedly drew interest from other schools like Illinois, UCLA, Nebraska, but told ESPN he “didn’t see a better fit” than Indiana.

“I could have committed there two weeks ago,” he said. “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.”

Dawkins threw for 2,414 yards and rushed for 1,582 yards in 23 career games (13 starts) with the Wildcats. He ran for 20 touchdowns and threw for 15, along with 12 interceptions.

Dawkins opened the 2017 season as Arizona’s starting quarterback, but suffered an injury against Colorado in the fifth game, leading him to be replaced by Khalil Tate who exploded onto the scene.

Dawkins will have a chance to start in Bloomington as Indiana’s top returning quarterback option is Peyton Ramsey, a rising sophomore who completed 65 percent of his passes for 1,252 yards, 10 touchdowns, and five interceptions in eight games last season.

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