Update 11:08 a.m. ET Penix not in uniform today. Jack Tuttle will be the starter for the Hoosiers.
Indiana QB Michael Penix Jr. (left shoulder) is not in uniform for warmups. Wearing his jersey with no pads and sweatsuit pants and a winter hat.— Chris Solari (@chrissolari) October 16, 2021
Update 10:50 a.m. ET
Checking in from Memorial Stadium. It’s Homecoming, and the Brass Spittoon game against top-10 Michigan State.— Matt Cohen (@Matt_Cohen_) October 16, 2021
Two QBs are on the field for early warm ups: Jack Tuttle and Donaven McCulley. Not seeing Mike Penix yet, he has seemed to be doubtful to play. #iufb pic.twitter.com/n4tNVrnmYC
Update 10:33 a.m. ET 247Sports is reporting it will be Tuttle over Penix today.
Indiana is expected to start Jack Tuttle at quarterback for the first time this year following a shoulder injury to Michael Penix in the second half of that loss at Penn State.
Update 10:15 a.m. ET If we’re reading the tea leaves via beat reporters and social media buzz, it would seem that Penix won’t go and Jack Tuttle will get the start for the Hoosiers today. But we’ll be watching warmups to see who gets reps with the first team ahead of this start.
It’s been a struggle this year for the Indiana Hoosiers following one of the best seasons in team history in 2020. And things don’t get any easier for the 2-3 team as they host the No. 10 Michigan State Spartans on Saturday at Memorial Stadium on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. ET.
Starting quarterback Michael Penix Jr. suffered an AC joint separation in his throwing shoulder against the Penn State Nittany Lions on October 2nd, and is questionable for this game. Head coach Tom Allen said the team wouldn’t provide any updates on his status or progress in practice to the media this week as well. “You’ll find out at kickoff,” Allen said with a smile during his news conference on Monday.
If Penix can’t go, backup Jack Tuttle will find work once again. Tuttle has played in 11 total games at Indiana, including three this season. He was 6-12 for 77 yards with an interception in relief against Penn State in the 24-0 loss, his first extended action this season with the game in doubt.
The Spartans are 4.5-point favorites at DraftKings Sportsbook with the over/under set at 48.5. The game can be seen on FS1.