Indiana quarterback Michael Penix Jr. ended his first three seasons early due to injuries. Hoosiers hopes Penix doesn’t make it four in a row.
Coach Tom Allen said Monday that the redshirt Jr. suffered a different throwing shoulder during Saturday’s loss at Penn State. He is out indefinitely and is being listed week after week.
Jack Tuttle, who replaced Penix for the final two games of last season, is expected to return to action when the Hoosiers return to action on October 16 against No. 11 Michigan State. The Hoosiers (2-3, 0-2 Big Ten) got a bye this week.
“I don’t know if you can rule that out at this point,” Allen said on whether the penises would need surgery. “There are some unknowns with the rehab procedure, with surgery certainly not being felt necessary at this time. Also, we don’t know all of those answers at this time.”
The injury occurred when Penn State linebacker Brandon Smith fielded the Pennix during the third quarter.
After returning from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee that ended his 2020 season, Penix was completing just 53.7% of his throws and had thrown seven interceptions and four TD passes. He threw three interceptions in each of Indiana’s first two losses, with two returning for touchdowns.
Although he showed improvement in a win in Western Kentucky, he had more trouble against Penn State. He went 10 for 22 with 118 yards and an interception before leaving on Saturday as Indiana ended its first shutout since 2000.
“The (overall) performance was unacceptable, not up to our standard and we have to fix that,” Allen said. “It’s execution, it’s pretending, it’s finding ways out of a bad call and getting into a better call. At the end of the day, it’s my responsibility. So we have to make sure that’s the way we did.” Saturday night performed that never happen again.”
Tuttle 6 out of 12 gone With 77 yards and also threw an interception.
This is not the first time Tuttle has held the position. He closed the win over Maryland last season and went 1-1 after becoming a starter, losing to Ole Miss in the Outback Bowl, while playing most of the game with a different throwing shoulder.
“I mentioned in the preseason that we felt like we had two starting quarterbacks and in this team,” Allen said. “He is highly respected by his teammates and he brings an energy too. I thought he gave us a spark on Saturday as well. I have a lot of trust in him and he has a great quality of always being ready to play, Whether it’s not a snap, a snap or 80 snaps.”
Allen also hopes that the bye will help Indiana make some important defensive starts, including cornerbacks Tiwan Mullen and Reese Taylor and safety starting Raheem Layne, also from injuries.
Comments: Indiana’s running back depth is taking another hit after backup Tim Baldwin decided to enter the transfer portal. Allen said that Baldwin is no longer with the team. Baldwin is the second running back to opt for a transfer this season. James, another backup, decided to play at Purdue in August.
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