IU FOOTBALL RELEASE
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana football program announced today that quarterback Brandon Dawkins will join the Hoosiers as a transfer from the University of Arizona. A 6-3, 210-pounder, Dawkins will earn his degree in journalism with a minor in communication in May. He will be eligible immediately with one year remaining.
“We are very excited to add Brandon Dawkins to our football family,” IU head coach Tom Allen said. “He brings leadership and experience to our team. Brandon is coming to Indiana to compete to be our starting quarterback.”
In 23 career games (14 starts), Dawkins has thrown for 2,414 yards, 15 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He owns 1,582 rushing yards on 232 attempts (6.8 average) with 20 TDs and a 68.8 average per game.
“I’m fired up to get out to Bloomington, join my new family and get to work,” Dawkins said. “To not be taking part in spring ball right now and going to IU and seeing the guys competing, it got me excited. I see myself doing great with this team. I’m ready to be a Hoosier and to get to work with Coach Allen, Coach DeBord and Coach Sheridan.”
Dawkins started nine times and played in 10 games in 2016, where he finished fourth in the Pac-12 with 94.4 rushing yards per game. He was the only quarterback in the conference’s top 10 and ranked fifth among all FBS quarterbacks.
The Oxnard, Calif., native’s 7.2 average (131 attempts) ranked third in the league and No. 19 overall in the FBS. Dawkins collected 10 rushing scores, three 100-yard rushing games and sat eighth in the league with 229.2 total yards per game.
In 2017, he started the first five games before he suffered an injury that limited him to two games the remainder of the season. Dawkins rushed 69 times for 459 yards (6.7 average) with eight TDs and 65.6 yards per game, and he completed 70-of-114 passes (61.4 percent) for 732 yards with five touchdowns and four interceptions.
He appeared in five games in 2015 and redshirted the 2014 campaign.
Dawkins graduated from Oaks Christian School, where he was a three-time all-conference and all-city honoree.