Indiana QB Michael Penix Jr. out for season with torn ACL

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INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana’s record-breaking football season has taken a major hit.

Hoosiers head coach Tom Allen on a Zoom call with media confirmed quarterback Michael Penix Jr. is out for the season with a torn ACL.

Penix suffered the injury Saturday, when IU hosted Maryland in Bloomington, in the third quarter following a 21-yard run. Allen said it is the same ACL Penix tore in 2018 against Penn State. It is the third season-ending injury for Penix, who also had a shoulder problem in 2019.

FOX Sports and The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman was the first to report the news.

Over six games this season, Penix threw for more than 1,600 yards and 14 touchdowns against four interceptions. He also ran for two scores.

Indiana beat Penn State for the second time in school history, and beat Michigan for the first time in 33 years to earn a ‘Top Ten” ranking in the AP Poll. It is the Hoosiers’ highest ranking since 1969.

On Saturday, red-shirt sophomore quarterback Jack Tuttle replaced Penix against Maryland and completed all five of his passes.

Last season, Tuttle played 5 games and was 6-of-11 for 34 yards. He also rushed nine times for 20 yards.

Allen praised Tuttle’s work ethic and arm talent, as he is expected to step up for Penix.

“It’s a chance for a younger guy whose been given his first opportunity,” Allen said. “When Jack and I talked, that’s why he came here. The work ethic that Jack has is tremendous. That gives his teammates a lot of confidence.”

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