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Arizona State Coaches Have High Praise For Michael Penix Jr.

Michael Penix Jr. is on an incredible Heisman campaign right now. He is currently second in the country in passing yards with 2301 and fourth in the country with 20 touchdowns. Not to mention, Washington is undefeated, and Penix just threw for 302 yards and four touchdowns in the win against formerly undefeated #8 Oregon.

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Arizona State faces Michael Penix Jr. this weekend in Washington. The QB is considered a first-round talent, and yes, he will have Heisman votes at the end of the year.

Kenny Dillingham had high praise for the quarterback in his press conference.

“Contain is the correct word,” Dillingham said. “His release is incredible. His ability to get the ball out to somewhere he isn’t looking is extraordinary. He’s got a strong arm, quick release, and he doesn’t get sacked. This is a guy who is so comfortable in their system, and he’s a vet, and he’s a freakish talent. He’s really good.”

Very high praise from Dillingham.

Defensive coordinator Brian Ward, who faced Penix at Washington State last year, also discussed Penix’s efficiency.

“Even at the end of the year last year, I was most impressed by him.” Ward said, “He’s a guy that reads a guy playing off. He’s going to take the check down. If he sees the corner being nosy, he will take the shot. He trusts his reads and is very well-coached. It’s a byproduct of consistent coaching, which leads to his development, and then he has the right people around him to be able to execute. They just don’t make mistakes offensively. He very rarely misses a read, and he knows where his receiver is going to be on every snap.

It wasn’t just the coaches who noticed Penix’s greatness. Starting cornerback Jordan Clark knows how good Penix is.

“Penix can throw the ball a mile.” Clark said, “Like, there isn’t a throw he can’t make. He’s an absurdly talented guy with his arm. Preparing for him is really understanding what they want to do on offense. And not blowing a coverage. If you blow a coverage, he will find you, and he will make you pay, which is why they score so many points.”


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