Penix wins second POTW honor

Indiana quarterback Michael Penix Jr. earned Big Ten freshman of the week honors for his performance at Michigan State.

Penix was 33-of-42 for 286 yards and a career-high three passing touchdowns in a 40-31 loss to the No. 25 Spartans. He completed a school-record 20-straight passes, which is the second-longest streak in Big Ten history behind Iowa’s Chuck Long (22 in 1984).

Penix also had one rushing touchdown, the first of his career.

It’s the redshirt freshman’s second such honor this season, having won the award for his debut performance against Ball State. He played just under a half versus Eastern Illinois and sat out the Hoosiers’ previous two contests with an undisclosed injury.

Michigan State came into the game allowing 11 points per contest.


  1. Good for MP. Impressive character since arriving at IU.
    1. Arrived early.
    2. Waited for his opportunity without (known) complaining.
    3. Injuries and works hard along with staff to rehab.
    4. Wins 2019 qb job.
    5. Positive leadership attitude.
    6. High performance
    7. Similarities in leadership as lower key Randel El.

    1. Good post. I am not sure what “lower key” Randel El might mean. Penix certainly has far superior QB skills than Randel El.

  2. Randel El talked faster with high excitable emotion. Penix explains things in a more measured less hyper way. Both, El and Penix did and do really good positive interviews that display qb leadership a team wants and needs.

  3. t, good post and I think Penix is just in the beginning of showing us what a special QB he is. If he can come close to replicating his performance against MSU over the next four games he will be a special player for IU. I hope he continues because he will help recruit players for IU as they see his talent.

  4. Agree 100% V.
    It would be really good for recruiting with caveat of winning some games. It seems once a player/QB earns TA trust, TA and seems to be loyal to that player with player’s best interest and team’s best interest at the center and balance of both…with best interest of team priority number one. IN MP case OC/DeBoer is included as well as TA.

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