Is Richard Lagow the QB to Continue Indiana’s Bowl Game Run?
There’s a new man in charge of the Indiana Hoosiers, and with the change at the helm of the program there is also a change in the man calling the plays on offense. New head coach Tom Allen hired Mike DeBord as associate head coach and offensive coordinator. He also hired long-time friend Grant Heard as “passing game coordinator” and wide receivers coach.
DeBord had some explosive offenses over the past two seasons at Tennessee, and there may not be a lot of changes happening for this equally explosive offense. At least that is the prevailing thought of those on the outside who have gotten used to seeing big offensive numbers from the Hoosiers offense.
However, things fell off last season to the tune of a 10-point per game difference in scoring offense alone. That was a huge transition year at quarterback with JUCO transfer Richard Lagow running the ship.
Lagow is back for his final year on campus and many are wondering if he can make the jump needed to spark this offense once again. His play is going to be even more important as IU also transitions at running back following Devine Redding leaving for the NFL after his junior season.
While Tyler Natee and Mike Majette could be a good 1-2 punch in the backfield, Lagow’s work as the quarterback is going to dictate how this offense works in 2017. Let’s remember he had just 19 touchdowns to 17 interceptions last season, while completing just 57.8 percent of his passes.
Spring did little to alleviate the questions about Lagow’s ability to elevate this offense to the next level though. Chalk some of it up to learning new verbiage and some to the new group of players around him, sure. But, Lagow was having trouble getting on the same page as receivers all spring camp and he was also making the same mental mistakes that he did all of last season.
Summer workouts and fall camp are going to be vital for the Hoosiers quarterback. If he can’t elevate his game, it maybe the end to an impressive streak of back-to-back bowl games for Indiana.