Indiana beginning quarterback Michael Penix Jr. will miss the remainder of the season after struggling a torn ACL in Saturday’s win towards Maryland.
Coach Tom Allen on Monday confirmed the damage, which is to the identical ligament Penix tore as a real freshman in 2018. He ended up redshirting the season. Penix suffered the damage whereas scrambling out of bounds on the Maryland 5-yard line with 4:36 left within the third quarter. The Twelfth-ranked Hoosiers gained the sport 27-11.
Jack Tuttle, a switch from Utah, changed Penix towards Maryland and can begin this week when Indiana visits No. 16 Wisconsin. Tuttle accomplished all 5 of his go makes an attempt for 31 yards towards Maryland and drew reward from Allen for staying ready.
Penix had 1,645 passing yards and 14 touchdowns with 4 interceptions this season and likewise rushed for 2 touchdowns. His 2-point conversion lifted Indiana over Penn State in extra time of the season opener, and he handed for a career-high 491 yards and 5 touchdowns Nov. 21 in Indiana’s 42-35 loss to No. 4 Ohio State. Accidents have minimize brief all three of Penix’s seasons at Indiana, as he suffered a clavicle damage final November that required surgical procedure.
“It is a powerful state of affairs for all of us; coronary heart breaks for Michael,” Allen stated. “It is simply powerful, it is exhausting. Actually really feel for him and all he is labored to get again and the best way he was enjoying.”
Allen hung out with Penix earlier than studying of the damage prognosis and tried to organize the quarterback for what may come subsequent.
“It assaults the core of who you’re,” Allen stated, “and the way you are going to reply absolutely to issues that occur that do not appear honest, and when there isn’t any actually good reply for why. That is the case right here. You mainly fall again on what you consider in, you fall again in your religion, you fall again on all of the folks that care essentially the most about you. And also you battle. You struggle. You do not again down.
“Michael’s obtained some big-time long-term objectives, and it should take large grit to struggle via this.”
Indiana sits in second place within the Large Ten East Division behind Ohio State. But when Ohio State has another sport canceled, it will not qualify for the Large Ten championship sport until the typical variety of video games performed drops beneath six. Indiana already has reached the six-game threshold required to play within the title sport.
“To me, it is about each group elevating 1%, each place group, each section of the sport,” Allen stated. “Our protection has performed phenomenal this 12 months. That must be elevated.”
Tuttle, a local of San Marcos, California, was a adorned recruit for Utah, the place he didn’t see the sector in 2018 earlier than transferring.
“I do know he hasn’t performed lots right here on sport day, however he has a big-time arm and he is obtained large soccer instincts and soccer IQ, and is extraordinarily vivid,” Allen stated. “However I believe his biggest high quality is his work ethic.”