Michael Penix vs. Eastern Illinois. Photo by Mike Schumann, The Daily Hoosier

IU Football: Michael Penix Wins Big Ten Freshman of the Week for Second Time

So far Indiana redshirt freshman quarterback Michael Penix is two-for-two.

If the Tampa, Florida product starts and finishes a game, the awards follow.

The Big Ten Conference has named Penix the league’s freshman of the week after his standout performance at Michigan State on Saturday.

Penix also won the award after his play in week one against Ball State.  The 6-foot-3 left hander has only appeared in one other game this year for Indiana (3-2).  Penix left IU’s week two contest against Eastern Illinois before halftime with an injury and missed the next two games before returning on Saturday against the Spartans.

Below is the full release from IU Athletics:


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana redshirt freshman quarterback Michael Penix Jr. earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors for the second time in five weeks, the conference announced Monday morning.

In his first-career road start at No. 25 Michigan State, Penix finished 33-of-42 (78.6 percent) for 286 yards with a career-best three passing touchdowns and one rushing TD, the first of his career.

The Tampa native completed a school-record 20-straight passes, the second-longest streak in Big Ten history behind Chuck Long’s 22-consecutive completions in 1984.

Penix led the IU offense to season-highs against the Spartans defense in points (31), total yardage (356) and passing yardage.

Overall, the left-hander is 71-of-102 (69.6) for 809 yards (269.7 per game) with six scores and two interceptions in three games. He also owns 75 rushing yards and the touchdown.

The Hoosiers (3-2) are off this week and return to the field on Saturday, Oct. 12, for a Homecoming matchup against Rutgers. Kickoff is set for noon EDT.


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