Michael Penix Jr. has every Washington teammate’s name stitched on the inside lining of his purple suit at Saturday night’s Heisman Trophy ceremony. Coaches, too.

If the UW quarterback wins the most prestigious individual award in college sports, his team won’t be far from his mind.

“One of the biggest things about the suit was I wanted it to be something that was special to me and highlight others as well. I was able to have teammates and coaches’ names on this side of it to highlight those guys,” Penix said at a pre-ceremony press conference. “Without them, I wouldn’t be here.”

Penix was named the recipient of the 2023 Maxwell Award on Friday night as the nation’s most outstanding player. He was also selected as the first-team quarterback on the Walter Camp All-America team.

He has been backed by adidas and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith as a deserving Heisman Trophy winner. LSU’s Jayden Daniels is the favorite to win the award, but Penix made a major push with his performance in winning the Pac-12 Championship Game.

UW’s star quarterback leads the nation in passing, with 4,218 yards and 33 touchdowns. His Huskies are 13-0, Pac-12 champs, and College Football Playoff participants. Coach Kalen DeBoer has said Penix does what none of the other finalists have done — he has paired production with leadership and actual on-field results.

“You have the guy that doesn’t just put up all these crazy stats, but a guy that leads your football team,” DeBoer said of Penix. “The statistics are one thing. The wins are another. The leadership. He’s just a class act through and through.”

The Heisman Trophy ceremony begins at 5 p.m. PT on ESPN.