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Justus, Penix receive B1G honors

Both were key players in IU’s week one victory over Ball State

NCAA Football: Indiana at Ball State
Michael Penix Jr. (9) runs the ball in the second half of the game against the Ball State Cardinals at Lucas Oil Stadium
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On Monday the Big Ten released its weekly awards and a pair of Hoosiers were included. After the week one win over Ball State in Indianapolis, Logan Justus was named the B1G Special Teams Player of the Week and Michael Penix Jr. was named the B1G Freshman of the Week.

Justus was a key player in the win. He had possibly the biggest performance of his career, hitting all four of his field goal attempts as well as both of his PATs. Not only that, he set a new career-long for field goal hits not once, not twice, but three times in the game. He connected from 48, 49 and 50 yards to answer any questions about whether or not he could be trusted from distance.

In his first start as a Hoosier, Penix showed exactly why fans have been so excited about him. On his second drive he connected with Nick Westbrook on an absolute bomb for a 75-yard touchdown. The freshman would end the game having completed 24 of 40 passes for 326 yards as well as a touchdown, though he could’ve had two or three if not for some crucial drops, as well as two interceptions. He also finished the game as IU’s leading rusher, carrying the ball seven times for 67 yards.

This is the second time that Justus has been named B1G Special Teams Player of the Week. He previously took home the honor against Maryland last season after kicking what eventually became the game-winning field goal. This is the first time Penix has received a weekly honor from the conference.