Indiana could be without its starting quarterback for Saturday's game against Ohio State.
Michael Penix Jr., who started the Hoosiers' first two games of the season at quarterback, is a game-time decision for Saturday's game due to an undisclosed injury, Indiana coach Tom Allen said Thursday.
Tom Allen says Mike Penix is going through some things health-wise. He wouldnt provide specific details, but he said Penix will be a gametime decision for the Ohio State game, and he doesnt expect anything to be long-term. #iufb— Taylor Lehman (@TaylorRLehman) September 12, 2019
Follow-up details:— Zach Osterman (@ZachOsterman) September 12, 2019
>> Allen said the injury was not suffered against Eastern Illinois. Described it as something not feeling right.
>> Allen would not elaborate on nature of the injury, nor factors for go/no-go Saturday.
>> He was adamant this should not be long term. #iufb
Peyton Ramsey, who started all 12 of Indiana's games last season, would likely start in Penix's place if Penix is unable to play.
A left-handed dual-threat quarterback who was expected to make the Hoosiers' offense more challenging for Ohio State to defend, Penix completed 38 of 60 passing attempts for 523 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions and ran nine times for 79 yards in Indiana's first two games of the year against Ball State and Eastern Illinois.
Ramsey completed 26 of 49 passing attempts for 322 yards and three touchdowns against Ohio State last season, and completed 13 of 14 passes for 226 yards and two touchdowns after replacing Penix in last week's game against Eastern Illinois, but he might not pose as much of a threat to an improved Buckeye defense this year as Penix has the potential to with his arm and legs.