Peyton Ramsey admits he feels a bit like an older guy starting his third year as Elder quarterback.
But, opponents beware: The Indiana University commit is very versatile as a running and throwing threat on the field – as evidenced by his past production.
“I think I can beat you with my arms, my legs and my brain,” Ramsey told Cincinnati.com this morning at The Pit. “Those are three areas where quarterbacks can really hurt you. I think I possess all three of those things and that’s where I have improved.”
Ramsey, a rare three-year starting quarterback at Elder, wants to make this a memorable senior season.
“This is huge especially playing at a place like Elder where tradition is big and you come back here on Friday nights when we are old men talking about the games and stuff,” Ramsey said. “It’s special. It’s going to be a big year and I am definitely not looking past this one.”
Elder coach Doug Ramsey, Peyton’s father, says his son is stronger this season, and that bodes well for the upcoming season.
“He’s really excited no doubt about IU but he wants to win here,” Doug Ramsey said.
Peyton Ramsey threw for 2,062 yards and 13 touchdowns and rushed for 908 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior. He said he will run or throw – whatever is most effective.
Elder may not be the popular pick in the GCL South this season, but the Panthers are certainly a force to be reckoned with – with plenty of experience on both sides of the ball. Coach Doug Ramsey would prefer not to be in the spotlight anyway.
The Panthers also have key players healthy. And Elder has Tommy Kraemer, a Notre Dame commit and U.S. Army All-American. Kraemer is 6 feet 5 and 315 pounds and one of the nation’s top offensive linemen.
Senior wide receiver Nick Hall, junior wide receiver Ross Hambelton and senior running back Ja’Vahri Portis will be key.
Senior defensive lineman Joe Schroer and senior linebacker Ryan Furniss will be among the key defensive standouts.
Elder opens the season Aug. 28 against Oak Hills at The Pit (7 p.m. kickoff) and Peyton Ramsey can’t wait.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun at The Pit,” Peyton Ramsey said.