Indiana’s worst fears were confirmed on Monday. Quarterback Michael Penix Jr. will miss the rest of the season after tearing his ACL during Saturday’s win over Maryland.
It’s the third consecutive year that Penix’s season has ended due to injury — and the second time the redshirt sophomore has dealt with an ACL tear in his right knee since arriving on IU’s campus. Penix’s 2018 freshman season — one where he was likely to redshirt, anyway — ended after three appearances when he went down against Penn State.
In 2019, he suffered a shoulder injury that cut his season short after six games. On Saturday, Penix went down to the turf after a run out of bounds late in the third quarter. He finishes the season 124-for-220 for 1,645 yards, with 14 touchdowns, and four interceptions in six games.
With Penix done, Indiana will elevate redshirt sophomore Jack Tuttle, a former Elite 11 quarterback and the No. 5 pro-style passer in the 2018 recruiting class, to the starting role. We wrote about Tuttle after Saturday’s game, and also during the preseason.