For three years Michael Penix, Jr. and Jack Tuttle competed for the starting quarterback job at Indiana.
On Monday evening, they’ll be on opposing sidelines for the college football national championship game.
“It’s crazy. That’s just how things work sometimes. It’s a small world,” Penix told the media this week.
“But I’m super blessed. I know those guys over there. They’re super excited for the opportunity, as well. Tuttle, he was always a great person, great player to me, and we’ve had mutual respect throughout the years. We still were keeping in contact, wishing each other luck all the time. So I’m super excited for him.”
Penix and Tuttle are just two of several former Indiana players and staff members who will take part in Monday’s game (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN).
Here’s the complete summary.
Jack Tuttle was at Indiana from 2019-22, appearing in 15 games with five starts at quarterback. He completed a total of 104-of-182 pass attempts for 901 yards with five touchdowns and six interceptions.
Michigan tight end A.J. Barner spent three seasons at Indiana and was a team captain. He had 22 catches for 249 yards and a score this season for the Wolverines.
Michigan running backs coach Mike Hart spent four years coaching running backs at Indiana University (2017-20). He was elevated to associate head coach for the Hoosiers in 2020 after serving as an assistant coach during the 2018 and 2019 seasons.
Michael Penix spent the 2018 through 2021 seasons as a quarterback at Indiana, where he played in a total of 20 games over four seasons. He was a team captain in 2020 and 2021 and went 12-5 as a starting QB. Over four years, he completed 342-of-576 passes for 4,197 yards, 29 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. He also rushed for six TDs.
Washington head coach Kalen DeBoer was on staff at IU in 2019 as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He helped to guide the Hoosiers to an 8-5 record and a berth in the Gator Bowl. The Hoosiers’ eight victories in 2019 matched their highest wins total in 26 seasons, and IU ranked No. 3 in the Big Ten in total offense.
Nick Sheridan reunited with Husky head coach Kalen DeBoer when he joined the 2022 staff as Washington’s tight ends coach. Sheridan, who was offensive coordinator at Indiana for two seasons prior to coming to UW, worked as tight ends coach under DeBoer at Indiana in 2019.
Washington co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach William Inge, who worked alongside DeBoer during the 2019 season at Indiana, when DeBoer was the Hoosiers’ offensive coordinator, was also the Hoosiers’ special teams coordinator for two seasons prior to coaching their linebackers the previous five seasons.
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