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2023 Heisman Trophy Finalist: Washington’s Michael Penix Jr.

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Washington Huskies quarterback Michael Penix Jr. is a finalist for the prestigious Heisman Trophy award. He will be on hand on Saturday at the Lincoln Center when the award is announced in New York City.

The other finalists include LSU Tigers quarterback Jayden Daniels, Oregon Ducks quarterback Bo Nix, and Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr.

Washington Huskies quarterback Michael Penix Jr. tries to avoid a tackle from Oregon Ducks defensive player Jamal Hill during the fourth quarter during the Pac-12 Championship
Michael Penix Jr. tries to avoid a tackle from Oregon Ducks defensive player Jamal Hill during the fourth quarter during the Pac-12 Championship (Photo by Ian Maule/Getty Images)

Penix Jr. will finish in the Top 10 for the second consecutive season. He finished eighth last season.

He will be the second Huskies player to finish within the Top 4 of the Heisman Trophy rankings. In 1991, defensive lineman Steve Emtman finished fourth with 357 total points.

On the season, Penix Jr. went 307 of 466 for 4,218 yards. He also has 33 touchdown passes and nine interceptions.

He also guided his Huskies team to an undefeated season. And as of Sunday, the team will play in the College Football Playoff on January 1st against the Texas Longhorns in one semifinal game.

His best performance came in a September win over the Michigan State Spartans. He went 27 of 35 for a season high 473 yards and four touchdowns.

However, over the final three weeks of the season, he has had just one 300-yardage game. That’s when he had 319 passing yards in the Pac-12 Championship game in a win over the Ducks on December 1st in Las Vegas.

Penix Jr. had a season-low 162 yards in a win over the Oregon State Beavers in November. He went 13 of 28 for 162 yards with two touchdowns in the contest.

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Anthony Caruso III
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Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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