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Michael Penix Jr. on cusp of record season for Washington

SEATTLE (AP) With all the player movement through the transfer portal during the offseason, Michael Penix Jr.’s arrival at Washington was rather unheralded.

Entering the final weekend of the regular season, Penix has made as strong a case as anyone for Pac-12 offensive player of the year honors.

Penix can put an exclamation point on his stellar season Saturday when the 12th-ranked Huskies face Washington State in the Apple Cup. His season has been a display of dizzying numbers, stunning throws and big victories, none of which was expected to this level before the season.

”My season wouldn’t be possible without this team,” Penix said. ”I don’t really talk about just myself in general. It’s always about this team, because team success would definitely put light on individual success.”

There’s been plenty of individual and team success for Penix and the Huskies, who can finish with 10 wins in the regular season by beating the Cougars and have an outside chance – albeit unlikely – of still making the Pac-12 championship game.

”At the end of the day, no matter what you do as an individual, if your team isn’t winning it’s no good,” Penix said. ”Everybody in college, we’re all playing for the next level. We’re playing with our teams, trying to help our team win football games, but at the next level, especially at the quarterback position, those guys want to see winners. If you’re not a winner, it don’t matter what your individual stats are, really.”

But to go along with the nine wins for Washington are a host of impressive numbers for Penix.

The top passer, not just in the Pac-12 but in the country? It’s not Caleb Williams at USC. It’s not Bo Nix at Oregon. It’s not Jayden de Laura at Arizona.

Penix is averaging 356.5 yards per game passing, a staggering number considering there were flashes of this kind of production…

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Publish date : 2022-11-22 22:49:28

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