Indiana head coach Tom Allen confirms Michael Penix Jr. suffered ACL injury, will miss remainder of 2020 season
There were no ifs, ands or buts from Tom Allen on Monday as the Indiana head coach confirmed that Michael Penix is out for the season. Allen’s comments about Penix affirming a report from earlier in the day that the Hoosiers starting quarterback was out the “rest of the season.”
Allen said that the injury, previously disclosed only as a lower right leg injury, is a torn ACL according to Allen. The loss of their star quarterback is a big blow to Indiana and their hopes of making the Big Ten Championship Game.
"Update on Michael Penix Jr. He has torn his ACL and will be out for the season."
— Indiana Football (@IndianaFootball) November 30, 2020
Penix was injured in the third quarter of Indiana’s 27-11 win against Maryland on Saturday. Running out of bounds, he pulled up short and them tumbled to the ground with what was at the time an undisclosed injury. In his place, sophomore transfer quarterback Jack Tuttle came in to see out the remainder of the game.
Penix was 6-of-19 for 84 yards against Maryland. It was a surprisingly lackluster performance for a quarterback who has been among the best in the Big Ten this season.
For Indiana, 5-1 and ranked No. 10 in this past Sunday’s AP Top 25 Poll, Penix had been a vital part of the offense. So far this season he had 1,645 passing yards with 14 touchdowns and four interceptions in six starts for Indiana. In his second year as a starter, Penix took a step forward in his accuracy and decision making in leading Indiana in their rise up the polls in recent weeks.
The Hoosiers only loss of their season came two weeks ago at No. 3 Ohio State. In that game, Penix had five passing touchdowns and outshined Ohio State’s Justin Fields, a Heisman candidate.
The report came out on Monday morning from Bruce Feldman that Penix was likely done for the year.
#IU QB Michael Penix Jr is expected to miss the rest of the season because of the lower leg injury he suffered on Saturday, per source.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) November 30, 2020
In Tuttle, a transfer from Utah and a former four-star recruit in high school, the Hoosiers certainly have no slouch. Tuttle was 5-for-5 for 31 yards in coming in for Penix on Saturday. Saturday at No. 18 Wisconsin is likely to be his first collegiate start should Allen given him the nod.