Former Big Ten Star Named Starting QB In The PAC-12

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Michael Penix Jr. is, once again, a starting college quarterback.

Washington Huskies head coach Kalen DeBoer announced Tuesday afternoon the former Indiana star has won the starting QB job in Seattle.

Kalen DeBoer is in his first year as the head coach of the Huskies, and he needs to make a bang to get the fanbase excited after a horrific 4-8 2021 season.

Naming Michael Penix Jr. QB1 for the Huskies is a great way to get fans fired up.

Michael Penix Jr. wins Washington QB battle. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

When Penix was healthy during his time with Indiana, he was an absolute stud for Tom Allen and the Hoosiers. Even though Indiana never had a ton of talent surrounding him in Bloomington, he still became a huge problem for B1G defenses.

The former Tennessee commit threw for 4,197 yards and 29 touchdowns in a total of 20 games. He also rushed for another six touchdowns in those 20 games.

Washington names Michael Penix Jr. starting quarterback. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

However, Penix has struggled mightily at times to stay healthy. He has suffered multiple ACL injuries and it’s not really clear if he’ll ever be able to get back to the high level fans saw in 2020.

How will Michael Penix do in 2022? (Photo by Randy Litzinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Can he be the guy that lights a fire under Washington in 2022? Time will tell, but if he’s able to get back to his old ways, the Huskies will have a serious weapon.

Written by David Hookstead

David Hookstead is a reporter for OutKick covering a variety of topics with a focus on football and culture.

He also hosts of the podcast American Joyride that is accessible on Outkick where he interviews American heroes and outlines their unique stories. Before joining OutKick, Hookstead worked for the Daily Caller for seven years covering similar topics.

Hookstead is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.

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