Some of the country’s top college quarterbacks are spending the weekend down in Louisiana and IU signal caller Michael Penix, Jr. is among them.
Penix is one of several quarterbacks selected to serve as a counselor for this year’s Manning Passing Academy. The four-day event, which began on Thursday and runs through Sunday, is held at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana. It serves as one of the country’s premier football camps.
The Manning Passing Academy prides itself on helping high school quarterbacks, running backs, receivers and tight ends realize their full potential on and off the football field. Now, Penix is among the select few chosen to serve as mentors and aid in that process.
Below you can watch Penix discuss his experience at the camp, and further below you can watch him make a throw that earns the approval of Peyton Manning.
— Indiana Football (@IndianaFootball) July 18, 2021
That's our QUARTERBACK.
…and that voice of approval you hear is that of HOF'er Peyton Manning here at the Manning Passing Academy pic.twitter.com/mTRltaToaK
— Rhett Lewis (@RhettNFL) July 16, 2021
Indiana expects Penix to play on Sept. 4 against Iowa as he completes his recovery from surgery on his right knee.
Penix earned second team All-Big Ten accolades after leading the Hoosiers to 5-1 mark in 2020 prior to the injury.
Indiana’s lone loss with Penix running the offense might have been the redshirt sophomore’s best day as a Hoosier. The Tampa product threw for 491 yards against Ohio State, which ranks as the second best single day performance in school history.
On the season Penix completed 124-of-220 (56.4 percent) of his throws for 1,645 yards and 14 touchdowns. He was intercepted 4 times.
Penix also ran the ball 18 times for 25 yards including negative sack yardage. He scored 2 times on the ground, and it was a play where Penix nearly scored with his feet that ended his 2020 campaign.
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