Penix, Justus earn Big Ten honors

Indiana senior kicker Logan Justus and redshirt freshman quarterback Michael Penix Jr. were the recipient of Big Ten player of the week honors Monday morning.

Justus was named Special Teams Player of the Week for the second time in his career, while Penix earned Freshman of the Week accolades following his first-career start.

Justus was 4-of-4 on field goal attempts in the Hoosiers’ 34-24 win over Ball State, including career-long makes of 48, 49, and 50 yards. That tied a program record for field goals in a game.
Penix, the first IU freshman to start a season opener at quarterback since Antwaan Randle El in 1998, produced 326 passing yards as well as another 67 yards on the ground. That’s second only to Randle El, who produced a record 467 total yards in his debut versus Western Michigan. 


  1. Good for him. Like MP demeanor in interview. Answered questions. Interviews well and is pleasant and respectful talking to interviewers. Likable. Currently, MP is a little starry eyed and will do well against Eastern Illinois. Against OSU and big ten his football IQ will be tested big time. His smartness, IQ, thinking quickly at line of scrimmage and on his feet to execute while/avoiding injury will be a testament to his effectiveness and durability.

  2. Any time an IU player, especially a quarterback, is compared to Randle El, he had a really good day. IMO, Antwaan Randle El was the best football player to ever put on an IU uniform. Let’s hope Penix is as tough and resilient as Randle El was.

  3. Justus will be on or near top of list if he continues at this level. As important Justus could become a very much needed weapon that could produce a couple win difference for the season if the defense can get to the point of stopping somebody before they score.

  4. It is good to see both players honored for their play against BSU. I hope it turns out this isn’t the only game IU players earn B1G honors this year. I think Penix will improve each game and be in the talk for B1G honors due to our receivers and backs improving as games go by.

    I really think the missed tackles and dropped passes were due to being over hyped trying to play hard so we will see in the coming games. I even think our DC will improve as the season goes along as it seemed like he worked too hard to have the perfect group of players on the field for the down and distance. Some times you have to go with your best players and let them play with just a few personnel changes now and then.

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