Hopes were high for Indiana entering the 2021 season, but it’s not gone the way the Hoosiers planned and if they hope to salvage any type of success this season, head coach Tom Allen is going to need a healthy Michael Penix, Jr. at quarterback.

The Hoosiers are 2-3, with all three losses coming at the hands of Top-10 teams, including a pir from the B1G. The upcoming schedule doesn’t get any easier, with No. 10 Michigan State on the slate next, followed by No. 6 Ohio State and No. 8 Michigan, with somewhat of a break in between the Buckeyes and the Wolverines, with a trip to College Park to take on Maryland.

Penix was injured during the Hoosiers 24-0 loss to Penn State on Oct. 2, suffering a separation to the AC joint in his left shoulder. After the third period injury, he did not return. With the Hoosiers having a bye week, Penix, Jr. has been receiving treatment, and Allen is not willing to give too much in the way of details about his quarterback’s status.

Allen called Penix, Jr. ‘s availability due to the injury as “week-to-week” each Saturday. He added, “you’ll find out a kickoff.”