Indiana starting quarterback Michael Penix (Michael Penix Jr.) will be absent for the remainder of the season after suffering an ACL tear in Saturday’s victory over Maryland.
On Monday, coach Tom Allen confirmed the injury, which is the same as Penix’s injury to the ligament as the 2018 freshman. He ended the red shirt battle this season. Penix was injured when he crossed the boundary on Maryland’s 5-yard line with 4:36 left in the third quarter. Hoosiers, ranked 12th, won the game 27-11.
Jack Tuttle, transferred from Utah, replaces Penix against Maryland and will start when Indiana visits Wisconsin this week in 16th place. Tuttle completed all five pass attempts in the game against Maryland, totaling 31
Penix has 1,645 passing yards and 14 touchdowns this season, including 4 interceptions and two touchdowns. His 2-point conversion promoted Indiana State to Penn State in overtime in the preseason. He passed a career-high 491 yards and five touchdown passes on November 21. 42-35 lost to the fourth state of Ohio. Penikes missed all three seasons in Indiana due to injury because he suffered a clavicle injury in November last year and required surgery.
Allen said: “For all of us, it’s a tough situation; for Michael, it’s heartbreaking.” “It’s hard, it’s hard. It really makes him feel himself and everything he does.” Work hard to get him back into the game.”
Allen was with Penix before learning injury diagnosis and tried to prepare the quarterback for the next thing.
Allen said: “It attacks your own core, and how you will be sure to deal with what seems unfair, and why there is no really good answer. This is the situation. You will basically fall on your beliefs, You will fall on your beliefs, you will fall on all the people who care about you the most, and then you can fight, fight, and not flinch.
“Michael has set some long-term long-term goals, and it will take great courage to overcome this challenge.”
Indiana ranks second in the top ten Eastern Districts after Eastern Ohio. However, if Ohio State University cancels another game, it will not qualify for the Big Ten Championship unless the average number of games drops below six. Indiana has reached the six-game threshold required to play the Champions League.
Allen said: “For me, this is a 1% chance for each group, each position group, and each stage of the game.” “Our national defense has played an amazing role this year. This needs to be improved.”
Tuttle is a native of San Marcos, California. He is a well-known recruit from Utah who did not see the field in 2018 before the transfer.
Allen said: “I know he didn’t play a lot here on the day of the game, but he has a strong arm, and he has excellent football intuition and football IQ, and he is very smart.” “But I think he has the greatest quality. It’s his professional ethics.”