BLOOMINGTON — Indiana’s football coach Tom Allen meets the media before the men’s basketball game at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall against Michigan State.
While Trayce Jackson-Davis lit the hall with 31 points in the Hoosiers’ win over the Spartans, Indiana football fans are excited about the addition of Jackson-Davis’ brother Tayven, who transferred from Tennessee to potentially become Indiana’s quarterback for the 2023 season.
Jackson announced his signing last week. Indiana recruited Jackson from Center Grove and finally got his man.
“What we liked about him was his athleticism. He’s a long-distance athlete, multi-athlete, basketball, track and field, all three, and he just felt like he could create something with his legs, with his arm. He’s a great leader,” Allen said.
Jackson only played two games for the Volunteers. He completed two passes in two attempts against Akron. Though battle-hardened in Knoxville, Allen knew what he was getting into given the connections formed during Jackson’s high school recruitment.
“We have many close relationships with their staff and know them well, which allows us to get to know him even better, the behind-the-scenes leadership he has brought and the confidence and swagger he brings to a space when he comes in there,” Allen noted.
“Those are things you look for in a quarterback, the ability to throw the football and run the football had a dual effectiveness in high school and then you saw him play the time himself last year that he played in Tennessee.”
Jackson joins a quarterback room that currently has freshmen Broc Lowry and Brendan Sorsby. Dexter Williams II, who started Indiana’s last two games before suffering a devastating knee injury in the season finale against Purdue, is also back but likely won’t play in 2023.
Allen has no plans to add any more quarterbacks at this time.
“We discussed it, but that’s one of those things that’s a little difficult. Being able to get an older man to do all this sounds great, but I’m not sure how that will play out. I have no plans to do that at the moment,” said Allen, who also said there would be a re-evaluation after the Spring Ball.
With Football Signing Day around the corner on February 1, Allen provided a summary of what he thinks the Hoosiers still need to strengthen their roster.
“A little more depth on the defensive line would be a focus. Probably a boy or two in secondary school. We’ll probably get younger with this group. Potentially a wide receiver as well,” Allen said. “I would say we feel good where we are on offense. We could add an extra slot there to have some flexibility with that. Also, the tight end would give us some flexibility.”
The transfer portal adds a dimension to the whole thing.
“It’s definitely a whole new world of opportunities that we have now to choose from that we didn’t have in the past,” Allen said.