Indiana starting quarterback Brendan Sorsby is entering the transfer portal, he announced on social media.
The redshirt freshman battled for the starting job throughout the last offseason with fellow redshirt freshman Tayven Jackson, who transferred in from Tennessee in January. The duo split reps during the first two games of the season before Jackson was named the starter ahead of IU’s third game against Louisville.
But Jackson was pulled from the Maryland game a few weeks later, with the score out of hand, and Sorsby put himself back in contention. They once again split the reps in the next game at Michigan, after the bye week and after IU head coach Tom Allen replaced offensive coordinator Walt Bell with Rod Carey. Sorsby was named the starter after that, ahead of the Rutgers game, and he played out the second half of the season at quarterback.
Sorsby showed his youth in some moments this season, but he improved and developed along the way, and displayed real promise and poise at times. He finished the season with 135 completions in 237 attempts for 1,587 yards and 15 touchdowns with five interceptions. He was a willing rusher, often laying his body on the line for extra yardage and embracing contact — for better or for worse. He recorded 113 rush attempts for 276 yards (including sack yardage) and four touchdowns.
After IU fired Allen on Sunday, there are certainly other players following Sorsby into the transfer portal. Linebacker Myles Jackson announced his entry into the portal earlier. Those players could still return to IU, if they choose to play for Allen’s successor.