Michael Penix Jr., who joined Washington from Indiana, has been named the Huskies’ starting quarterback, coach Kalen DeBoer said Tuesday.
Penix won the job over sophomore Dylan Morris and redshirt freshman Sam Huard.
DeBoer, who joined Washington after two seasons at Fresno State, has known Penix since 2019 when DeBoer was offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in Indiana. Nick Sheridan, current Washington tight ends coach who has been the Hoosiers’ offensive coordinator for the past two seasons, also coached Penix.
“Michael had a great camp,” DeBoer told ESPN Monday before announcing his decision. “Penix knows the offense well. It was good. He’s had a full off-season to really train and get stronger and make sure he can have a good, healthy season.”
Penix played four seasons in Indiana before entering the transfer portal on December 5. He was the Hoosiers’ starter for three seasons but struggled to stay on the field and suffered season-ending injuries every year, including cruciate ligament injuries in 2018 and 2020.
Penix played five games in 2021 before rupturing an AC joint in his throwing shoulder. He finished the season with 939 passing yards, 4 touchdowns and 7 interceptions.
Morris started last season when the Huskies went 4-8. He threw for 2,458 yards, 14 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 11 games.
Washington opens the season on September 3 against Kent State.
DeBoer said his more spread-based offense has improved over the past week and a half.
“It starts up front with the offensive line,” DeBoer said. “I think it really came together and that helps our quarterback play — have a little more time in the bag — and the running game continues to improve. They’ve gotten used to more spread sets and a little more space.” I’ve gotten used to it.”
ESPN’s Paolo Uggetti and Heather Dinich contributed to this report.
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