The Michael Penix era is here. Today, Tom Allen announced that the redshirt freshman will lead the Indiana offense in 2019.
Allen: "It was a very difficult decision in regards to the competition involved with the young men, Jake Tuttle, Peyton's an awesome kid, one of the finest young men I've ever been around. So much respect for him." #iufb— Zach Osterman (@ZachOsterman) August 26, 2019
Allen: "Now, we're all behind Mike as our starting quarterback and he's ready to" lead this football team." #iufb— Zach Osterman (@ZachOsterman) August 26, 2019
He replaces Peyton Ramsey, who threw for 2,875 yards, 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions last season in his first full season as a starter.
Penix, by comparison, appeared in just three games before suffering a season-ending torn ACL. In those three games, he completed 21 of 34 passes for 219 yards and a touchdown. He also tallied seven carries on the ground for 45 yards.
The Penix experience was limited last season but he showed flashes of his huge arm and speed. Those flashes were enough to send #IUFB Twitter into a frenzy of excitement, clamoring for Penix to start.
Now, those people got their wish. Let’s see if they were right.