Redshirt freshman quarterback Michael Penix and fifth year kicker Logan Justus both received Big Ten football weekly honors for their outstanding performances in week one against the Ball State Cardinals. Both of the recognized players were key components in a victory that truly required all three sides of the ball to work in collaboration.
QB Michael Penix Jr., Big Ten Freshman of the Week
In his first ever collegiate start, Michael Penix became just the second quarterback in Indiana history to throw for over 300 yards in their starting debut. The other player you ask? Legendary Hoosier Antwaan Randle El.
Through the game Michael Penix Jr. tallied a total of 326 passing yards, completing 24 of 40 throws. He had a 75-yard touchdown to Nick Westbrook, but also had two interceptions in the game. In the ground game, Penix added another 67 yards in seven carries, adding up to 393 total offense yardage.
K Logan Justus, Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week
With a perfect four-for-four performance, Logan Justus earned another Big Ten Special Teams weekly honor. The last time he won the award was against Maryland in 2018, where he kicked two field goals and four extra points.
Justus broke his career high distance on three occasions against Ball State. The friendly kicking conditions of Lucas Oil allowed Justus to knock down a 48-yard attempt to start the game, which was a career distance for Logan Justus. After a 30-yard make in the second quarter, he broke his career high twice more with a 49-yard field goal and a 50-yard field goal.
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