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Name: Michael Penix Jr. (+) Coming off Oct 2021 Shoulder INJ/Transfer from Indiana
College: Washington     Number: 9
Height: 6-2   Weight: 213
Position: QB  Pos2: ATH
Class/Draft Year: rJr/2024

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 Data Scout Notes: 2021: NAC...Transfer from Indiana...(+) Coming off Oct 2021 Shoulder INJ...PManning/POBrien...2020: 2ndC...OBrienSemifinalist...(+) 11-28-20 Knee INJ/Out for 2020...PMaxwell...2019: (+) Nov 2019 Shoulder INJ/Out for 2019



 Michael Penix Jr., Washington, Player News


  Penix's injury history at Indiana is behind him now, and he is clearly the man in Washington. He has the Huskies undefeated and poised to make a run at the Pac-12 title and a place in the College Football Playoff. Washington's 25-point victory over Kent State, which played Georgia tough, in Week 1 looks better. Penix also led the Huskies to dismantle Michigan State and Stanford the past two weeks. He has thrown for 1,388 yards and 12 touchdowns and has only thrown one interception all season. I am not sure why the odds are not showing him any love. - The Athletic

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  Wayne Taulapapa rushed for a career-high 120 yards and one touchdown, Washington's defense sacked Stanford quarterback Tanner McKee eight times and forced two fumbles, and the 18th-ranked Huskies beat the Cardinal 40-22 on Saturday night. Playing as a ranked team for the first time this season, Washington (4-0, 1-0) used a stingy defense and a handful of big plays on offense to win its Pac-12 opener under new coach Kalen DeBoer. Huskies quarterback Michael Penix Jr. threw for 309 yards and second-half touchdowns of 30 yards to Rome Odunze and 21 yards to Giles Jackson on a screen pass. Odunze had eight catches for 161 yards, his first career game over 100 yards receiving. But Washington's defense deserved equal recognition for the constant pressure it was able to put on McKee. The Huskies sacked him six times in the first half.

Stanford lost its eighth straight conference game dating to last season, the longest skid under coach David Shaw. The Huskies have scored at least 39 points in all four games, and this time they did it without an otherworldly performance by Penix, who still managed to top 300 yards passing for the fourth straight game. Penix was 22 of 37. Will Nixon added a 3-yard touchdown run and Peyton Henry kicked four field goals. Taulapapa was a less-heralded offseason transfer for Washington but earned the starting nod at running back for a reason. He showed flashes in the first three games but found massive gaps to run through against the Cardinal, averaging 9.2 yards per carry. Taulapapa's longest run came midway through the second quarter when he scampered down the sideline for a 34-yard touchdown two plays after a Stanford turnover. It was the first 100-yard game of Taulapapa's career, both at Virginia and Washington. - Washington/AP College Football


(DS#16 QB) rJr/2024 QB Michael Penix Jr.Washington
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  SEPT 12 PAC-12 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Michael Penix Jr., Jr., QB, Washington (Tampa, Fla.),...Penix Jr. kept his early-season roll going with a terrific game to beat No. 11 Michigan State, 39-28...Completed 24-of-40 passes for 397 yards, no interceptions and four touchdowns, while also avoiding any sacks for the third game in a row (Michigan State entered the week as the NCAA leader in sacks...Led the Huskies to touchdowns on five of their six drives...His 397 yards rank No. 8 on the UW single-game passing yards list, while his four TD passes are tied for No. 8, matching the total he put up in the season opener.

With 10 touchdown passes, he's tied for fourth in the nation, one behind the leaders...First UW player to earn Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week since RB Myles Gaskin in the final week of the 2019 season and first UW QB to do it since Jake Browning in November 2017...Penix Jr. was a 2-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week at Indiana in 2019. Also nominated: Bo Nix, QB, Oregon; Cameron Rising, QB, Utah; Chance Nolan, QB, Oregon State; Jayden de Laura, QB, Arizona; Jake Bobo, WR, UCLA; Travis Dye, RB, USC; Cameron Ward, QB, Washington State. - Pac-12 Football


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  Washington has scored on its first possession in all three of its games and on 14 of 16 first-half possessions, with 12 touchdowns. The Huskies went 77 yards in seven plays to start their 39-28 win over Michigan State. Michigan State's goal-line stand in the first quarter marked just the second time this season that a UW first-half possession didn't end with a score and the first time a first-quarter possession didn't result in a touchdown. - AP College Football

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  Washington made its season debut in The Associated Press college football on Sunday at No. 18, and Penn State and Oregon moved into the top 15 after all three had decisive nonconference victories. A weekend filled with blowouts by highly ranked teams kept the top 10 almost unchanged. No. 1 Georgia picked up six more first-place votes in the AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank. The Bulldogs are up to 59 first-place votes and 1,569 points. No. 2 Alabama received three first-place votes and No. 3 Ohio State got one. No. 4 Michigan, No. 5 Clemson, No. 6 Oklahoma and No. 7 Southern California all held their spots. The one change in the top 10 was No. 8 Kentucky flip-flopping with No. 9 Oklahoma State. Arkansas stayed at No. 10.

The top 10 teams, most playing overmatched nonconference opponents, won their games Saturday by a combined 521-120. The shuffling came in the next 10. No. 11 Tennessee moved up four spots. Penn State jumped eight to No. 14 after routing Auburn on the road. No. 15 Oregon moved up 10 spots after handily defeating BYU, which slipped seven places to No. 19. - AP College Football


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  Michael Penix Jr. threw for 397 yards and four touchdowns, and Washington emphatically stated its case as a contender in the Pac-12 with a 39-28 win over No. 11 Michigan State on Saturday night. Penix was spectacular for three quarters in a primetime national showcase that showed Kalen DeBoer's rebuild of the Huskies (3-0) is progressing faster than expected. Washington led 29-8 at halftime and 36-14 after three quarters. Having a star quarterback certainly helps. Penix completed 24 of 40 passes and just missed posting the eighth 400-yard passing game in Washington history. He was at his best in the first half, making 18 of 24 attempts for 278 yards and leading Washington to touchdowns on four of its five possessions.

It was the second-best day in Penix's career in terms of yards passing and TDs, trailing only his 491 yards and five TDs in 2020 against Ohio State while playing for Indiana. Ja'Lynn Polk had six catches for a career-high 153 yards and three TDs. Polk's 53-yard touchdown catch early in the third quarter was a resounding answer after Michigan State scored on the opening drive of the second half to pull within 29-14. Payton Thorne threw for 323 yards and three TDs, and led a pair of quick fourth-quarter scoring drives for Michigan State that caused some nerves for the Huskies. Thorne threw a 33-yard TD to Keon Coleman with 5:17 left and the 2-point conversion pulled Michigan State within 11. But the rally was too late for the Spartans (2-1), who were stymied in the run game and saw their pass defense get exposed. - Washington/AP College Football


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  Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. is a familiar name to Saturday opponent Michigan State. He transferred to Washington after playing parts of four seasons at Indiana. MSU fans will remember he put a fright in the Spartans in a 40-31 loss in 2019. He suffered two major knee injuries and doesn't run much now but is completing 69.7 percent of his passes for 682 yards with six touchdowns and one interception. In his fifth college year, he won the starting job and has looked electric at times. Penix doesn't appear as mobile as he was before the injuries - four rushes in two games - but the lefty can fling it. He threw for 286 yards when the Hoosiers pushed the Spartans in 2019. He's a different quarterback now, probably slower and wiser - Detroit News

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  Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. appears ready for next week's matchup with an old Big Ten rival after another lightning-fast start. The Huskies stayed unbeaten under new coach Kalen DeBoer with a 52-6 win over FCS opponent Portland State on Saturday. Up next is Washington's first real challenge of the season: No. 14 Michigan State next Saturday. "It's definitely a statement game," Penix said. "And, you know, we're definitely going to make sure we're going to go out there and just play how we've been playing, play free and just execute at a high level." A high level, indeed. Penix threw for 337 yards and two touchdowns, Wayne Taulapapa rushed for 94 yards and a score and the Huskies (2-0) easily took down the Vikings (0-2) before things get serious with Michigan State and Stanford due in town over the next two weeks.

Penix broke open the game with an 84-yard touchdown pass to Jalen McMillan with 9:51 left in the second quarter for a 21-0 lead. He also threw to Ja'Lynn Polk for a 12-yard score in the half. Cameron Davis scored two rushing touchdowns and Will Nixon and Denzel Boston added rushing TDs of their own as the Huskies ran for 241 yards and five touchdowns. The Huskies had 500 of their 617 yards by the end of the third quarter. With more than 1,100 yards in two weeks, the team is matching the vision that UW had when it brought in DeBoer, a two-year head coach at Fresno State, to replace Jimmy Lake. - Washington/AP College Football


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  Michael Penix Jr. threw for 345 yards and four touchdowns, and Washington opened the Kalen DeBoer era with a 45-20 win over Kent State in a season opener on Saturday night. DeBoer's debut as Washington's head coach was highlighted by an entertaining, innovative offense that Penix - also making his Huskies' debut - ran flawlessly against the overmatched Golden Flashes. Penix led Washington on scoring drives on all five first-half possessions and touchdowns on the first four as the Huskies built a 31-13 halftime lead and cruised in the opener. Only some shaky ball security kept the first half from being even more lopsided.

It was a needed debut for DeBoer, who took over at Washington following two seasons as the head coach at Fresno State. Washington's fan base was soured by last season's 4-8 record and ended with coach Jimmy Lake being fired in November and concluded with Washington State celebrating a blowout victory in the Apple Cup. But whether the Huskies are as good as they showed against the Golden Flashes won't be truly defined for another couple of weeks when No. 15 Michigan State visits on Sept. 17. Penix completed 26 of 39 passes and his yards passing were the third-most in his career that started at Indiana before transferring to Washington. It was his second game with four or more touchdown passes. - Washington/AP College Football


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  Washington is going with Michael Penix Jr. as its starting quarterback for the season opener against Kent State, coach Kalen DeBoer said Tuesday. Penix, a transfer from Indiana, had been considered the leader for most of the offseason in the competition with Dylan Morris and Sam Huard. "He's just had a really great camp and he's been consistent from the time spring ball started to where he's at now," DeBoer said. "He's done a great job earning it." Penix, who is a junior in eligibility, had an injury-filled career at Indiana before deciding to transfer after last season.

Penix knows DeBoer's system the best after having played for him in 2019 with the Hoosiers. As a freshman, Penix threw for 10 touchdowns in just six games before injuries took over. Penix has never played more than six games in a season. "I just wanted to be somewhere where I felt like I'd be comfortable and be able to become a better person and become a better player, and I felt like this was definitely a spot," Penix said. "Being under coach DeBoer once already I know some of the things that he brought to the table and the way he wants things to run and I wanted to be a part of that." - AP College Football


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  One guy has been here. Has won here. Maybe not as consistently as the fan base would have liked him to, but enough that he is a legitimate threat to start in the Huskies' opener. Another guy is the one whose left arm is thought to have been kissed by the football gods - the five-star recruit who throws a divine deep ball and is dripping with natural talent. And then there is Michael Penix Jr. - the transfer from Indiana with little luster on his résumé. He has never played more than six games in any of his four college seasons. He completed fewer than half his passes in all three of the Hoosiers' losses last year, in which he played all of five games.

But as Washington's first football game draws nearer, it is Penix who has been just consistent enough in practice, just knowledgeable enough in this system - that it should come as no surprise if he is the Huskies' starting quarterback when they open against Kent State on Sept. 3. "He's got a real strong, powerful arm," Huskies receiver Ja'Lynn Polk said of Penix. "I think a lot of people will see that real soon." This wasn't Polk predicting who will be behind center when UW's season begins. He was complimentary of fellow Husky quarterbacks Dylan Morris and Sam Huard, against whom Penix is competing. But it was clear that Polk, like others in the program, have been impressed with what they have seen from the fifth-year junior thus far. No, you won't see Penix's name on any NFL mock draft sites. He doesn't make scouts salivate or fans fawn out of pure wonder. However, there is enough of a track record to suggest that not only could Penix win this quarterback battle, but that he could provide enough production to lead UW to a successful season. - Seattle Times


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  Following the out-of-nowhere slide, Washington needed a fresh start and got one when it hired head coach Kalen DeBoer, who led Fresno State to a 9-3 record in the regular season in 2021. A veteran offensive coordinator, DeBoer is expected to re-energize a Husky attack that managed just 21.5 points per game last year - the program's worst average since 2008. Two-year starting quarterback Dylan Morris is back, but he threw 12 interceptions, the most in the Pac-12. Overall, the Huskies threw 16 interceptions. Former Indiana starter Michael Penix Jr., was brought in to compete for the job.

The best season of his career came in 2019, when DeBoer was his position coach and offensive coordinator. Around the quarterback, there is a load of talent at receiver and some intriguing possibilities at running back, where a pair of transfers - Aaron Dumas (New Mexico) and Wayne Taulapapa (Virginia) - have been added. The offensive line was a disappointment last year, but returns a lot of experience, including left tackle Jaxson Kirkland. DeBoer's offenses have averaged at least 31.8 points the last four years. In addition to coaching Penix during his breakout season, he helped Jake Haener (a former Husky) have a sensational season at Fresno State last year. - Daily Camera


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  Former Indiana quarterback Michael Penix Jr. is transferring to Washington to play for former IU offensive coordinator Kalen DeBoer, according to a post on his Instagram page Tuesday. Penix threw for 4,197 yards and 29 touchdowns in four seasons at Indiana, all of which were dramatically shortened by injury. He played a combined 20 games in those seasons and never played more than six in a year. - Indianapolis Star/News

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  Indiana quarterback Michael Penix Jr. had his first three seasons end early because of injuries. The Hoosiers remain hopeful Penix won't make it four in a row. Coach Tom Allen said Monday that the redshirt junior suffered a separated throwing shoulder during Saturday's loss at Penn State. He is out indefinitely and is being listed as week to week. Jack Tuttle, who replaced Penix for the final two games last season, is expected to take over when the Hoosiers return to action Oct. 16 against No. 11 Michigan State.

The Hoosiers (2-3, 0-2 Big Ten) have a bye this week. The injury occurred when Penn State linebacker Brandon Smith drove Penix into the ground during the third quarter. Since returning from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, which ended his 2020 season, Penix was completing just 53.7% of his throws and had thrown seven interceptions and four TD passes. He threw three interceptions in each of Indiana's first two losses, with two returned for touchdowns. - AP College Football


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  Indiana had something to prove Saturday night. The Hoosiers didn't disappoint. Michael Penix Jr. threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score and Indiana took advantage of two special teams touchdowns and a dominant defense to rout Idaho 56-14. For Indiana (1-1, 0-1 Big Ten), it was a big night. Playing in front of the biggest home crowd since Nov. 23 2019, the Hoosiers gave the near-capacity fans plenty to cheer about. Indiana has won 18 of its last 20 home openers, perhaps none more impressively than this one.

The timing couldn't have been better after last week's embarrassing loss at Iowa, either. This time, the Hoosiers cleaned up the mistakes, made all the big plays and never gave the Vandals (1-1) a chance. They took a 21-0 lead after one quarter and made it 35-0 before Idaho recorded a first down. "We were able to bounce back, address some things we needed to address and I think our guys responded in practice and the way we started," Hoosiers coach Tom Allen said. "I thought special teams was special tonight." For Idaho, it was a miserable night. - Indiana/AP College Football


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  After another arduous rehab from surgery to repair a torn ACL, the second in the span of three years, Indiana quarterback Michael Penix Jr. is once again ready to line up under center in a season opener. Penix is set to start for the No. 17 Hoosiers on Saturday at No. 18 Iowa (3:30 p.m., Big Ten Network), declaring himself 100% after three weeks of fall camp. "As far as the trust level goes, I trust my knee," Penix said. "I trust that everything is OK. The trainers have been doing a great job of getting me back on the field, and I'm 100% confident that I'm going to have a great season this year." The plan throughout the offseason was to bring Penix along at a methodical pace after suffering the season-ending injury Nov. 28 against Maryland, but he exceeded expectations through every step of his rehab process.

He began throwing routes to his receivers in July, was a camp counselor at the Manning Passing Academy that month and took part in every fall practice. IU offensive coordinator Nick Sheridan said Penix has shook some rust off since the start of fall camp after not practicing in the spring but showed no physical limitations. "From a physical standpoint, he's the same Mike Penix that we've seen here," Sheridan said. "Still has a really strong arm, still moves very well, very instinctual player. I think going against our defense is a challenge each and every day, and I think that's been great for Mike. Just getting back into the live speed of it, the quickness of our defense challenges you in your decision making, in your ball placement, all those types of things." - Herald Bulletin


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  The only question with Penix is whether or not he would start against Iowa, and according to Allen, Penix's second ACL surgery rehab is right on schedule for him to start against the Hawkeyes. Penix missed the final two games last season, but still threw for 1,645 yards passing through six games, leading the Big Ten with 274.2 yards passing per game and finishing off the season with a pass efficiency rating of 136.5. As a starter at Indiana, Penix is 10-2 and was one of the 17 finalists for the Davey O'Brien award last year and has made the 2021 watch list for the award. During his freshman year in 2019, Penix set a school record high in completion percentage of 68.8 percent, which is sixth in Big Ten history. - The Gazette

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  As Indiana junior quarterback Michael Penix Jr. enters a critical 2021 season for the Hoosiers, he took advantage of a development opportunity that could impact IU's entire offense. Penix was one of a handful of college quarterbacks who were invited and served as camp counselors last month at the Manning Passing Academy in Thibodaux, Louisiana.

Now Penix is looking to pass along lessons learned from the First Family of NFL quarterbacks. Peyton Manning, of course, remains an Indianapolis sports icon, leading the Colts to a Super Bowl win in 2007 and another Super Bowl appearance in 2010, while Eli Manning led the New York Giants to two Super Bowl wins. "The main thing that Peyton and Eli were saying, just control what you can control," Penix said. "We've got to make sure we work on everything until we can't get it wrong. That's one thing Peyton said, as well. He said whenever he used to do, like, routes and stuff with his receivers, he said they didn't run the route until they got it right. They ran it until they couldn't get it wrong, and that's something that I really took back with me." - Herald Bulletin


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  Allen said starting quarterback Michael Penix Jr. remains on track to start the season opener Sept. 4 at Iowa. Penix worked with the first-team offense Wednesday, connecting on throws to receivers Javon Swinton and Jacolby Hewitt in traffic. "The progress has been good," Allen said. "I feel like as you go through it, every fall camp is this way, it's still about timing, working with the receivers. Obviously, he's been throwing all summer, but timing when you have the whole offense there and the routes and the different things that you do and the routes on air, and the skelly and then the team periods, and then obviously we just continue to develop him in between those periods." Allen said Penix has been staying after practice to get extra work in with receivers. "More than anything what stuck out to me is his leadership growth and being able to command everything and correct and challenge and call guys out in a positive way, and they need that," Allen said. "So I think he's definitely in a good place." - Herald Bulletin

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  Quarterback Michael Penix Jr. won't take part in live periods early in training camp as he continues to recover from a torn ACL. The expectation is for Penix to be ready by the opener Sept. 4 against Iowa. Penix already has worked on timing with new receivers such as transfers D.J. Matthews (Florida State) and Camron Buckley (Texas A&M) over the summer, but establishing that timing is different when facing live defenses. "It's definitely a progression, and he's right where he needs to be, where the medical staff has put him," Indiana coach Tom Allen said. "To me that's going to be very important, for sure, to get him in those positions and get him comfortable and get him around. But he's not going to get hit until Sept. 4. That's not really different from any year. But just keep building, building until he's full bore Sept. 4." Allen said the communication with Penix will be constant during fall camp to make sure he's fully healthy. "He's a mature young man," Allen said. "He's been here. He knows his body. He's going to communicate with us in how he feels. He doesn't have to have as many (reps) as a couple of years ago because of his experience, but he's got to be sharp and crisp." - Herald Bulletin

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  Michael Penix gave the 2020 college football season one of its enduring Images - a headfirst lunge toward the end zone to beat Penn State in overtime (where'd his knee hit?). It ignited a special season in Bloomington. Now, nine months later, Indiana fans are worried about that same knee. How is Penix recovering from the ACL tear he suffered last season? Is there any additional lag in rehabilitation since he's now torn it twice? Will he be ready for the season opener at Iowa?

Speaking during Indiana's turn through Big Ten media days Friday, Penix was dead sure of two things: He got the pylon that night against the Nittany Lions, and he'll be ready for the start of the season. "I'm right where I need to be right now," he said. "100% Sept. 4 (at Iowa)." No question has lingered over the Hoosiers' inflated ambitions this offseason more than Penix's health. When fit to play, Penix is perhaps the best quarterback in the conference, certainly since Justin Fields departed for the NFL. Penix can make NFL throws at all three levels, he possesses one of the best deep balls in the FBS and across his career, he's shown the ability to be both efficient and explosive. - Indianapolis Star/News


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  Indiana quarterback Michael Penix Jr. received another preseason accolade as one of 10 players to earn preseason All-Big Ten honors on Thursday morning. A media panel selected the 10-player list, with five players from the east and west division. Penix Jr., passed for 1,645 yards with 14 TDs and 4 interceptions and scored two more rushing TDs before going down with a torn ACL on Nov. 28 against Maryland. He averaged a Big Ten-leading 274.2 yards per game (18th nationally) and recorded a 136.54 pass-efficiency rating. Penix has been ahead of schedule on his rehab and is expected to be under center for IU's season opener Sept. 4 at Iowa. - Herald Bulletin

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  Penix might be the best quarterback Ohio State faces this season. Until the eventual OSU starting QB gets some games under his belt it's wise to assume the former three-star recruit is the best field general in the Big Ten. He torched the Buckeyes last season, throwing for a career-high 491 yards and five touchdowns. Most of that came in the second half after Ohio State had already built a 35-7 lead, but it still allowed the Hoosiers to get back into the game. If Shaun Wade doesn't take an interception back for a touchdown to close out the third quarter, that 42-35 victory might've been headed to overtime. Now he's back with one of his best weapons at wide receiver - Ty Fryfogle - paired with a defense still talented enough to maximize Tom Allen's aggressive approach. He'll be the first thing Ohio State sees coming off a bye week. - Cleveland Plain Dealer

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  For as injury prone as Indiana quarterback Michael Penix Jr. has been throughout his college career, he's also proven to be a quick healer. Video surfaced last week of Penix throwing in his native Tampa, Florida, and IU coach Tom Allen said Thursday the All-Big Ten signal caller remains on track to be ready in time for IU's season opener Sept. 4 at Iowa. Penix is less than seven months removed from a torn ACL he suffered Nov. 28 against Maryland on a scramble going out of bounds at Memorial Stadium that sidelined him for the rest of the season. "We feel good about it," Allen said. "I mean, it's like anything else. You've got to stay progressing each month, watching it very carefully. He's got his doctors that had the surgery there monitoring everything very carefully, and they are very cautious -- as they should be."

Indiana offensive coordinator Nick Sheridan said the plan is for Penix to start throwing to some of his IU teammates when he returns to campus in July. "I feel good where he's at and again in July start throwing with the guys and expect him to be, you know -- he won't be hit or anything throughout fall camp, so that gives him another whole month of August as well to be able to continue to heal," Allen said. "But he'll be full bore when we get into fall camp. There won't be any restrictions on him other than just not hitting." - Herald Bulletin


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  Indiana junior quarterback Mike Penix Jr. declared himself "on schedule if not maybe a little ahead of schedule" in his rehab from his second torn ACL in the span of three years. Penix said he's not running or throwing yet, and it's unlikely he'll take part in any drills when spring practices start March 9 and run through the end of April. "I've been working extremely hard to get back," Penix said. "I've been doing everything I can to go out and just continue to help motivate the team, still be the leader, even though I can't do certain activities. But I've been doing really good progressing every week and I feel myself getting a lot stronger and feeling more comfortable in my body."

Penix stopped short of guaranteeing a return for IU's Sept. 4 opener at Iowa. "Right now, I'm just sticking with the program, more rehab stuff right now," Penix said. "On-the-field stuff will come later. I'm not really worried about that right now. Just make sure I stay focused and doing whatever the trainers are telling me, just making sure I'm staying healthy outside of the facility … making sure there are no setbacks." - Herald Bulletin


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  Penix suffered his second torn ACL in the span of three years, but Allen was optimistic about the timeline for his recovery after he underwent surgery the week before Christmas. Penix recovered quickly from his first torn ACL by living in the rehab room. He was throwing by April 2019 after sustaining the injury in October 2018. There are no guarantees as every rehabilitation is different, but it's hard to bet against Penix returning based on his work ethic. How important is Penix? Over the last two seasons, Penix is 11-2 as a starter. Other IU starting quarterbacks went 3-5 during that same span. - Herald Bulletin

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  2020 ALL-BIG TEN FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM (COACHES): QB Michael Penix Jr., Indiana,...Penix, who suffered a season-ending ACL injury against Maryland on Nov. 28, completed 124-of-220 (56.4 percent) for 1,645 yards with 14 touchdowns and four interceptions, and he rushed for a pair of TDs in 2020. Entering the Terrapins game, he led the league in passing yardage, passing yardage per game (312.2, 9th nationally), passing scores, completions, attempts, 60-yard passing plays (4, T-2nd), 50-yarders (6, T-7th), 40-yarders (tied 6, T-33rd) and 30-yarders (11, T-39th). A Davey O'Brien Award semifinalist, Penix owns a 10-2 record as a starter and is 255-of-414 (61.6, 2nd in program history) for 3,258 yards with 25 touchdowns, eight INTs and a 143.8 pass-efficiency rating in 15 games. He has 189 yards on the ground on 47 attempts (4.0 average) with four TDs. - Indiana Football

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  2020 DAVEY O'BRIEN AWARD SEMIFINALIST: Michael Penix Jr., Indiana, So.,...Penix, who suffered a season-ending ACL injury against Maryland on Nov. 28, completed 124-of-220 (56.4 percent) for 1,645 yards with 14 touchdowns and four interceptions, and he rushed for a pair of TDs in 2020. Entering the Terrapins game, he led the league in passing yardage, passing yardage per game (312.2, 9th nationally), passing scores, completions, attempts, 60-yard passing plays (4, T-2nd), 50-yarders (6, T-7th), 40-yarders (tied 6, T-33rd) and 30-yarders (11, T-39th). Penix owns a 10-2 record as a starter and is 255-of-414 (61.6, 2nd in program history) for 3,258 yards with 25 touchdowns, eight INTs and a 143.8 pass-efficiency rating in 15 games. He has 189 yards on the ground on 47 attempts (4.0 average) with four TDs. - Indiana Football

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  Indiana quarterback Michael Penix Jr. will miss the rest of this season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Coach Tom Allen made the announcement Monday. The junior was injured during the third quarter of Saturday's victory over Maryland. Jack Tuttle, a redshirt sophomore who started his career at Utah, will replace Penix. It's the third consecutive season Penix has had a season-ending injury. His freshman season also ended with a torn ACL in the same knee and Allen confirmed this injury was to the same knee. The 10th-ranked Hoosiers visit No. 18 Wisconsin on Saturday. - AP College Football

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  No. 25 Tulsa is ranked in The Associated Press college football poll for the first time in 10 years and No. 9 Indiana is set to play the first top-10 matchup in program history. The AP Top 25 was mostly stagnant Sunday after four of the top five teams did not play and only one ranked team lost this weekend. Alabama is No. 1 for the second straight week, with 60 first-place votes. No. 2 Notre Dame received one first-place vote and No. 3 Ohio State got the other. The rest of the top eight was unchanged: Clemson is No. 4, followed by Texas A&M, Florida, Cincinnati and BYU. Indiana moved up one spot to ninth - the Hoosiers' best ranking since they were fourth in the 1967 poll - heading into a matchup with Ohio State on Saturday. Tulsa moved into the rankings after beating American Athletic Conference rival SMU, knocking the Mustangs from the Top 25. - AP College Football

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  Michael Penix Jr. passed for 342 yards and three touchdowns, and No. 13 Indiana beat No. 23 Michigan 38-21 on Saturday for its first victory against the Wolverines in 33 years. With a chunk play here, a free play there and a few dinks and dunks thrown in to keep drives alive, Penix helped Indiana snap a 24-game losing streak in the series - tied for the longest active skid in the Football Bowl Subdivision. It was the Hoosiers' first win against the Wolverines since Oct. 24, 1987, just their second in 41 games and only the second in the 21 games played at Memorial Stadium. The Wolverines (1-2) still don't have a top-15 road win since beating Notre Dame in 2006. The loss to Indiana could turn up the pressure on coach Jim Harbaugh in his sixth season at Michigan. - AP College Football

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  Sophomore quarterback Michael Penix Jr. made sure there was no letdown for Indiana on Saturday at Rutgers. Penix passed for 238 yards and three touchdowns, allowing the No. 17 Hoosiers to pull away in the second half and beat the Scarlet Knights 37-21 at SHI Stadium. Coming off its 36-35 upset of then-No. 8 Penn State last week, Indiana (2-0) found itself in sole possession of first place in the Big Ten East before Penn State's kickoff against Ohio State later Saturday night. IU also is off to a 2-0 start in Big Ten play for the first time since 1991. "To start the season 2-0 is huge for our program," Indiana coach Tom Allen said. Penix, who started the game 3-of-10, completed 14 of his final 16 attempts. He connected with tight end Peyton Hendershot on a pair of second-half touchdowns and found senior receiver Whop Philyor five times for 137 yards. "Those two guys found a way to get open today," Penix said. "They made spectacular catches. They were consistent. And that's just all it was, simple execution." - Herald Bulletin

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  The secondary as a unit performed best, but it's hard to overlook Penix. He accounted for four touchdowns, misfired on just one pass in the second half and, by the end of the game, looked like he was beginning to hit full stride. No player or coach lost more to the disrupted offseason than the time Penix and Sheridan didn't get to spend building their rapport as quarterback and play caller. Allen did what he could to structure his preseason in a way that mitigated some of that, but it was never going to make up for all lost time. Some of that would have to happen in games, and we've seen the growing pains over the last two weeks. Saturday, we also saw the potential. Penix's second half was outstanding. - Indianapolis Star/News

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  Michael Penix Jr. threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score as No. 17 Indiana beat mistake-prone Rutgers 37-21 on Saturday in a game that almost included a crazy TD. Penix had touchdown tosses of 15, 2 and 1 yard. He also scored on a quarterback sneak as the Hoosiers (2-0, 2-0 Big Ten) followed up their stunning win over then-No. 8 Penn State last week. The wacky play came with less than two minutes to go when Rutgers seemed to score on a 55-yard play that involved at least seven laterals. After a review, however, it was ruled that receiver Shameen Jones' pitch was an illegal forward pass, spoiling a wild celebration for the Scarlet Knights.

Ty Fryfogel caught the 15-yard TD pass just 1:43 after Penix scored, giving the Hoosier a 20-7 halftime lead. Tight end Peyton Hendershot caught the short TD flips in the second half and Charles Campbell added three field goals. Noah Vedral threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Bo Melton and Kay'Ron Adams scored on a 37-yard run for Rutgers (1-1, 1-1). The game was Greg Schiano's at home since starting his second stint as coach with a win at Michigan State last week. Vedral also threw three interceptions. - Indiana/AP College Football


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  Michael Penix Jr. and Tom Allen have received their mentions, but not enough credit. Penix was lousy for most of the game - well, he was - but when it mattered most he was sensational. At one point late in the fourth quarter, Penix was 12-for-29 for 111 yards. But then he caught fire, completing his last seven passes, including a back-shoulder dart to Whop Philyor for the touchdown in overtime.

Penix also was super with his legs. After driving the Hoosiers 75 yards late in regulation, he scored on a 1-yard sneak with 27 seconds left and then scored on the two-point conversion - juking the Penn State blitz and running into the end zone - to tie the score at 28. Then he hit Philyor for the TD and scored the two-point conversion in overtime, racing Brisker to the pylon, diving for it, stretching his arm. Slow-motion replays show every bit of the 6-3, 218 Penix hovering inches above the ground, parallel to the turf, defying Jaquan Brisker and Isaac Newton to plunk the ball onto the pylon for the win. - Indianapolis Star/News


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  Flushed to his stronger side, Michael Penix sprinted toward history. Rarely can a college football player know in the moment that he is living his legacy, acting out what might well be the signature moment of his career. Even more rarely does IU football defeat a top-10 team. At 7:35 p.m. Saturday, it had been 33 years since that happened. By 7:45, it hadn't been five minutes. Penix's full-stretch lunge on a gutsy 2-point conversion call made the pylon, handing Indiana a 36-35 win against No. 7 Penn State to open the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. Officials immediately signaled Penix in, then reviewed replay footage for nearly five minutes before deciding the call on the field had to stand. A few millimeters of air wrapped around 100 years of misfortune handed IU a generational victory. "All I saw," Penix said later, "was opportunity." The moment capped a manic game, Penn State held the ball more than twice as long as Indiana, outgained the Hoosiers 488-211, turned the ball over three times to IU's two and led, trailed, then led what looked like for good until the simplest trick gave IU one last chance. - Indianapolis Star/News

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  Indiana jumped into The Associated Press college football poll Sunday after pulling off the weekend's most dramatic upset and Ohio State moved up to No. 3 following a dominant season debut. Clemson remained a rock-solid No. 1 and Alabama was No. 2. The Tigers received 52 first-place votes and the Crimson Tide got the remaining 10. Ohio State leaped two spots after easily dispatching Nebraska as the Big Ten Conference kicked off its pandemic-delayed and abbreviated season. No. 4 Notre Dame and No. 5 Georgia each slipped a spot behind the Buckeyes. Indiana pulled off a stunner in overtime to jump into the rankings, beating then-No. 8 Penn State to earn the program's first victory against a team ranked in the AP top 10 since 1987. The Hoosiers snapped a 25-year absence from the poll last season but stayed there only one week. Indiana has its best ranking since 1993, when it also reached No. 17. With Rutgers coming up next week, the Hoosiers might see a longer stay in the poll than last year. Then again, the Scarlet Knights won their opener, too. Penn State slipped 10 spots to No. 18 after losing to the Hoosiers for just the second time in 24 meetings since joining the Big Ten. - AP College Football

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  Michael Penix forced overtime with a 2-point conversion run with 22 seconds left, then scored on a diving 2-point conversion to give Indiana a season-opening 36-35 upset victory over No. 8 Penn State - ending the Big Ten's longest streak of consecutive losses to Top 10 teams at 42. The winning play went to a replay review before the officials announced the initial call stood. Indiana beat the Nittany Lions for the second time in 24 matchups, and beat a Top 10 foe for the first time since a 31-10 victory at Ohio State on Oct. 10, 1987. And it took every trick in the book to get it done. "All I'd seen was an opportunity, an opportunity to go out and show the world what the Indiana Hoosiers are all about," Penix said. "They were playing man, so we've got to score to win the game and I wasn't going to let my team down, so I went out and gave it my all."

After Indiana failed to gain a first down after Sean Clifford threw a go-ahead 60-yard touchdown pass to Jahan Dotson with 2:30 left, coach Tom Allen instructed his defense to let Penn State score. Devyn Ford obliged with a 14-yard run with 1:42 to go. Penix then took the Hoosiers down the field, scored on a 1-yard TD run with 22 seconds to go, added the 2-point conversion and eventually wound up in overtime after Jordan Stout's 57-yard field goal came up short with 3 seconds left in regulation." Penn State made it 35-28 when Clifford hooked up with Parker Washington in overtime, but Whop Philyor caught a 9-yard TD pass for the Hoosiers and Penix won it when he dove for the goal line and the ball hit the pylon. - Indiana/AP College Football


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  Allen said he has confidence redshirt sophomore quarterback Michael Penix Jr. will respond well in his first career start against the Nittany Lions. The goal for Penix is to hold up for the full season after missing six games with myriad injuries last season. Penix didn't play for the Hoosiers in three of the four losses against ranked teams, missing games against Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State. "He's played some big games for us for sure," Allen said. "Not as many as he will before it's all said and done, but he has a natural poise to him that is extremely evident when you put him in these environments, and it never seems to be too big for him, so I suspect he'll rise up and play at a high level on Saturday. That's my expectation for him. I know that's his expectation for himself." The last time IU opened against a Big Ten opponent was in 2017, Allen's first official game as the Hoosiers head coach (he was the interim coach in the bowl game the season before). The Hoosiers suffered a 49-21 loss to No. 2 Ohio State, but IU gave the Buckeyes some jitters early, leading 14-13 at halftime. - Herald Bulletin

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  Sheridan said Penix's football IQ has made it a smooth transition so far. "Michael is obviously a very talented player," Sheridan said. "I think one of Michael's biggest strengths as a player is the game is slow for Mike. He makes quick decisions. He's able to see the field. It doesn't take him long to grasp concepts, and I credit his upbringing, the people that have helped him along the way, you know, coaches, trainers, parents. He just always has seen the game very naturally." The new dynamic in the Sheridan-Penix relationship will come with play calling and execution when IU's season starts Oct. 23 or 24 against No. 10 Penn State. As a graduate assistant coach at Tennessee, Sheridan learned the importance of a quarterback understanding intention when an offensive coordinator calls plays.

"It's different in college football than the NFL," Sheridan said. "Like, in the NFL, the head coach gets to tell the quarterback in a Walkie Talkie, throw it to the flat, or throw it away, click. We don't get to do that in college football, so it's important that that communication is at an extremely high level throughout the week, throughout your prep, so that when you call a play the quarterback knows what you are thinking whether it be taking a shot, whether it be get an easy completion or whether it be you know, check the ball (down)." Penix is looking to build upon a season in which he passed for 1,394 yards with 10 TDs and four interceptions in six games. - Herald Bulletin


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  Penix has all of the tools to become an elite college quarterback, he just hasn't been able to stay healthy early in his career. The 6-foot-3, 218-pounder was limited to just three games as a true freshman in 2018 and six games in 2019. But in those six games last season, Penix was impressive. He set the program single-season record for completion percentage (68.8) while throwing for 1,394 yards and 10 touchdowns to four interceptions. While the Hoosiers won't draw up many designed runs for Penix, he can still make plays with his feet and is and accurate thrower on the move. He rushed for 118 yards and two scores last season. - Ann Arbor News

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  2020 PRESEASON MAXWELL AWARD WATCH LIST: QB Michael Penix, Indiana,...Penix set the program single-season completion percentage mark (68.8), which also ranks sixth in Big Ten history, in 2019. He completed 110-of-160 for 1,394 yards with 10 touchdowns and four interceptions, and he posted a 157.56 pass-efficiency rating. The two-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week rushed for 118 yards on 22 attempts (5.4 average) with two TDs. Penix averaged 232.3 passing yards and 252.2 total yards per game in six games. He suffered a season-ending injury (right sternoclavicular joint) in the Northwestern win on Nov. 2. - Indiana Football

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  Indiana football coach Tom Allen isn't shying away from expectations. The Hoosiers return 17 starters from a team that finished 8-5, their best season since 1993, and have assembled a talented roster with three straight top-50 national recruiting classes. "There's no question we have a lot of players back on this football team from last year that have played football at a high level," Allen said. Managing those expectations will be one of the keys to IU's success going into this season. The Hoosiers only got in four spring practices due to the coronavirus pandemic, and the talent on the roster remains young and in need of reps.

But IU has plenty to build around, led by rising sophomore cornerback Tiawan Mullen on defense and preseason All-Big Ten senior wide receiver Whop Philyor on offense. Redshirt sophomore quarterback Michael Penix Jr. needs to prove he can stay healthy for a full season and has added 15 pounds of muscle during the offseason in an attempt to better take the pounding applied by Big Ten defenses. Penix can stretch a defense - he connected with Nick Westbrook on a 75-yard touchdown pass in last season's opener against Ball State - and finished the year passing for 1,394 yards and 10 TDs in six games. - Herald Bulletin


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  After tearing his ACL during his true-freshman season, Penix was named Indiana's starter heading into 2019. But after just six starts in which he displayed tantalizing arm talent, Penix suffered a season-ending injury to his right sternoclavicular joint leading to yet another offseason of recovery. But what his quarterback coaches in Florida saw in a high school version of Penix continues to be his driving force to return from more adversity. "He knows what he wants," C.J. Bennett said. "And he's definitely hungry for some more success." The Stable QB Academy helps train high school recruits to specialize in specific skills needed for the next level. The Bennetts start their search for talent in the Tampa area as young as fifth grade, and The Stable remains a place for college quarterbacks to improve in the offseason.

"Our main job is to prepare them and put them in as many game-like situations, game-like drills," C.J. Bennett said. "Whether it's off-balance stuff, being on time, being comfortable in the pocket, uncomfortable scenarios, our goal is to make the drills and everything we do as game-like as possible. "So when the bullets are flying on Saturdays and things are going crazy, (Penix) has the mechanics and that foundation to always look back on." Penix's work has shown in various aspects, whether that be through his ball flight or just by the eye test. Penix is stronger and making strides toward not just being Indiana's top option at quarterback, but also the team's most consistent option. "Mike Penix has a rocket for an arm," Indiana cornerback Tiawan Mullen said. "Mike is a great leader, he's a great quarterback. He throws much stronger having gained 15, 20 pounds over the spring. So, Mike can do it all. I feel like he is going to take us far this season." - Indianapolis Star/News


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  Indiana redshirt sophomore quarterback Michael Penix Jr. was ready for an important spring, one that would continue to establish him as the unquestioned leader of IU's offense. The goal for Penix when IU football resumes will be to show he can last a full season. That's why he put on more than 15 pounds of muscle on his 6-foot-3 frame. At 218 pounds, Penix feels more confident handling the hits that come in playing a full Big Ten conference season. Last season, Penix played at between 200 and 205 pounds. "We talked about 220, so I hit that pretty quick," Penix said. "But just wherever is comfortable and whatever is going to help the team, and as long as I still feel like I can move, I feel good." Last year at this time, Penix was recovering from a torn ACL and was part of a three-way quarterback competition with incumbent starter Peyton Ramsey and Utah transfer Jack Tuttle. Penix won the quarterback competition out of fall camp and in six starts last season showed he was more than capable of sparking the offense.

Twice last season, Penix was named Big Ten freshman of the week, when he passed for 326 yards in IU's season opener at Ball State and when he completed 20 straight passes and passed for 286 yards at Michigan State. Overall, Penix completed 110 of 160 attempts for 1,394 yards with 10 touchdowns and four interceptions, while adding 118 yards rushing on 5.4 yards per carry and two rushing TDs. The 68.8 percent completion mark set an IU record and ranked sixth in Big Ten history. But Penix dealt with various injuries during the course of the season that was cut short Nov. 2 when he suffered a broken joint in his collarbone against Northwestern. - Herald Bulletin


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  Indiana offensive coordinator Nick Sheridan has noticed improved leadership traits with quarterback Michael Penix Jr. this offseason. "He's a little bit more vocal," Sheridan said. "I think he's just more comfortable. You see his personality come out a little bit more in all phases. He's able to crack jokes with the guys and cut it up that way, so I think you just see who he truly is will come out a little more as he becomes more comfortable. The guys respect him, so it's been a positive." - Herald Bulletin

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  Sophomore quarterback Michael Penix Jr. said he's maintained his weight at 220 pounds while rehabbing a season-ending injury last November to repair a broken joint in his collarbone. He began throwing in mid-January and is full go for spring drills. "It was a quick process," Penix said. "It wasn't bad. I knew how bad I wanted to play, and I knew how bad I just wanted to be in this position. I never blinked, like Coach Allen said. I never blinked at all, and I was always focused on getting back and making sure that I could do whatever I can to make sure I don't have to go through that again." - Herald Bulletin

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  Indiana quarterback Michael Penix Jr. will miss the rest of the season with an injured right shoulder. Penix hurt the joint between the collarbone and sternum during the first half of Saturday's victory over Northwestern. It's the same injury Kansas City Chiefs star Tyreek Hill sustained earlier this season. With Penix headed to surgery Monday, Peyton Ramsey reclaims the starting job he held the last two seasons before losing the job to Penix in August. Indiana is 6-1 this season in games where Ramsey has seen action. He has three starts and has finished four other games, helping the Hoosiers (7-2, 4-2 Big Ten) post their highest victory total since 2007. Indiana has a bye this weekend. Coach Tom Allen says the team expects Penix, a redshirt freshman, to return strong next season. - AP College Football

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  Reakwon Jones raced 17 yards with a Rutgers fumble to score 10 seconds into the game and Indiana set a one-sided tone in an embarrassingly easy 35-0 Big Ten Homecoming romp over the hapless Scarlet Knights on Saturday. The touchdown was the fastest in Memorial Stadium's 60-year history. The Hoosiers scored three touchdowns in the opening 6:52, starting on the first play of the game. Indiana's Demarcus Elliott drilled Rutgers quarterback Johnny Langan to force the fumble, which Jones scooped for the go-ahead score. It was the first of four Indiana sacks in the first half.

After a Rutgers three-and-out, Indiana (4-2, 1-2 Big Ten) needed just 47 seconds and two plays to cover 70 yards as Michael Penix Jr. completed a 56-yard pass to Whop Philyor and then a 14-yard TD pass to Peyton Hendershot. After another Rutgers three-and-out, Indiana took a bit more time, needing five plays to cover 59 yards in 2:43 with Nick Westbrook scoring on a 19-yard Penix pass. Rutgers (1-5, 0-4) has been outscored 165-7 in conference play, including 117-0 on the road this season and now has lost 16 straight Big 10 Conference games. No Big Ten team has been shut out more since 2000 than Rutgers (10), and the Scarlet Knights didn't join the conference until 2014. - Indiana/AP College Football


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  SEPT 30/WEEK 5 BIG TEN FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: Michael Penix Jr., Indiana, QB, Tampa, Fla./Tampa Bay Tech...Finished 33-of-42 passing for 286 yards with a career-best three passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown at Michigan State...Completed a school-record 20-straight passes, the second-most consecutive completions in Big Ten history behind Chuck Long's 22-straight in 1984...His 33 completions were a career-high and share seventh on the program's single-game list...Earns his second career Freshman of the Week award...Last Indiana Freshman of the Week: Michael Penix Jr. (Sept. 2, 2019). - Big Ten Football

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