Connor Bazelak emerges as starting quarterback for Indiana football

Connor Bazelak emerges as starting quarterback for Indiana football
Connor Bazelak emerges as starting quarterback for Indiana football

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. –Connor Bazelak started at quarterback for Indiana in its season opener against Illinois on Friday.

Bazelak took snaps of starting center Zach Carpenter when the Hoosiers first entered the field, he continued to lead the first-team offense during warm-ups and when Indiana took the field for their first possession offensive, Bazelak became the starter.

During the first half against Illinois, Bazelak had 11 of 24 pass attempts for 204 yards and a touchdown. His first completion was a 40-yard gain for Cam Camper, and he connected with DJ Matthews for a 52-yard score in the second quarter.

Indiana represents a chance for a fresh start for Bazelak after three years at Missouri.

“I love it here,” Bazelak said. “The players have been awesome, super welcoming this spring and can’t say enough about Coach Allen. He is an amazing coach, man and leader and trainer [Walt] Bell was great. The hospitality alone has been great, and I think that’s fine with me.”

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Bazelak traded from Missouri to Indiana this offseason and competed at quarterback with Jack Tuttle.

In 2019, Bazelak played three games for the Tigers, including his first career start in the season finale at Arkansas when he completed 7 of 9 passes for 80 yards. Bazelak tore his ACL in the first half against Arkansas and took a redshirt year for the 2019 season.

In 2020, Bazelak was named an SEC co-freshman by the coaches after throwing for 2,366 yards, seven touchdowns and six interceptions. He completed 67.3% of passes that year and also rushed for two touchdowns.

In 2021, Bazelak has started 11 games for Mizzou, throwing over 300 yards three times. Overall, he threw for 2,548 yards, completing 246 of 377 attempts with 16 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

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