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Washington names Michael Penix Jr. starting QB

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Oct 2, 2021; University Park, Pennsylvania, USA; Indiana Hoosiers quarterback Michael Penix Jr. (9) drops back to throw a pass against the Penn State Nittany Lions during the first quarter at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports

Indiana transfer Michael Penix Jr. has won the quarterback competition at Washington.

Huskies coach Kalen DeBoer announced Tuesday that Penix will be under center for the Sept. 3 season opener in Seattle against Kent State.

The 6-foot-3, 213-pound Penix had been battling sophomore Dylan Morris and redshirt freshman Sam Huard for the QB1 role.

Penix appeared in 20 games over four seasons with the Hoosiers from 2018-21. He was a team captain in 2020 and 2021 and compiled as 12-5 record as a starter, earning second-team All-Big Ten honors in the pandemic-shortened 2020 campaign.

He completed 59.4 percent of his passes for 4,197 yards, 29 touchdowns and 15 interceptions, also rushing for 165 yards and six scores.

DeBoer, who is in his first season with the Huskies after two seasons as the head coach at Fresno State, was Penix’s offensive coordinator and position coach at Indiana in 2019.

–Field Level Media