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Michael Penix Jr. Named Heisman Trophy Finalist

Dec 4, 2023

Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. has been named one of four finalists for the Heisman Trophy, the award presented annually to college football's most outstanding player. He will join LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels, Ohio State wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. and Oregon quarterback Bo Nix in New York City for the Heisman Trophy ceremony on Saturday evening.
 
Penix Jr. joins Steve Emtman as the only Huskies to be named a finalist. Emtman finished fourth in 1991. Last season, he finished eighth in the Heisman voting – the highest finish for a Husky since Jake Browning placed sixth in 2016.
 
This season, Penix Jr. has led the Huskies to a 13-0 record, a Pac-12 Championship and a berth in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Allstate Sugar Bowl as the second-overall seed.
 
The Tampa, Fla. fifth-year senior is 24-2 as the starting QB on Montlake. Penix Jr. is No. 1 in the nation in passing yards (4,218) and passing yards per game (324.5). He is No. 3 nationally with 33 passing touchdowns and sixth overall in total offense (323.1).
 
In two seasons at UW, Penix Jr. has written his name into the record book. He is fourth in career passing yards (8,859), third in 200-yard passing performances (25) and touchdown passes (64). The two-time senior captain holds five of the Top 10 single-game passing yard performances including the program record of 516 yards against Arizona in 2022.
 
As an offense, Washington ranks first in passing offense (343.8), eighth in first down offense (307), 10th in scoring offense (37.7), ninth in fourth down conversion percentage (73.3%), 11th in third down conversion percentage (48.3%) and 12th in total offense (469.1).
 
In addition to being named a Heisman Trophy finalist, Penix Jr. is also a finalist for the Manning Award, Walter Camp Player of the Year, the Davey O'Brien Award and the Maxwell Award.
 
The Heisman Trophy winner will be announced on Saturday (Dec. 9) at a ceremony in New York City and televised on ESPN at 5 p.m. PT.