Former Indiana cornerback Derrick Jackson isn’t down and out about the season-ending injury to quarterback Michael Penix, Jr. Far from it.

Saying “I love you, son,” Jackson posted a pep talk for quarterback Jack Tuttle, who likely will take over for the injured Penix. Jackson was a teammate of Tuttle’s father, Jay, who was a kicker at Indiana from 1986-88.

Indiana is now 5-1 on the year and No. 11 in the latest AP Top 25 Poll.

“I know you’re going to a hostile environment at Camp Randall and this is a big game for you. You feel like you’ve got the world on your shoulders but I want you to know son that Hoosier nation is behind,” Jackson said to the sophomore quarterback, who is poised to make his first collegiate start on Saturday at No. 19 Wisconsin (2-1).

“I want you to know Jack Tuttle: We’re confident in you son. It’s unfortunate what happened to Mike Penix Jr. but guees what? Next man up, best man up. Honestly, Jack Tuttle, you’re the man son.”

Penix left Saturday’s 27-11 win against Maryland in the third quarter after suffering an ACL tear following a long run that carried him out of bounds. Tuttle came in and was 5-of-5 for 31 yards in seeing the Hoosiers out for the win.

It is certainly a tough time for Indiana to lose their starting quarterback but Tuttle is no slouch. A transfer from Utah, he is a former four-star quarterback recruit and was one of the best pro-style quarterbacks in the nation according to

“Go get’em Jack Tuttle. Love you. Go Hoosiers,” Jackson said to close out his fiery speech.