Washington officially announces transfer additions of Michael Penix Jr., Jordan Perryman
Transfer quarterbacks are all the rage this winter, particularly in the Pac-12, and the Huskies certainly landed one of the bigger names in the portal with the addition of Michael Penix Jr.
The former Indiana quarterback committed to Washington over a week ago. The program officially announced his addition on Thursday, as well as the addition of former UC Davis corner Jordan Perryman.
“We are excited about Jordan and Michael joining our football family!” said UW head coach Kalen DeBoer in a release. “They are both proven leaders and high character young men who are greats fits for our program. I know they are looking forward to being on campus soon and getting to know the rest of our team!”
It’s a reunion for Penix and DeBoer. Before the new Washington coach turned around Fresno State, he was the offensive coordinator at Indiana, working with Penix in 2019. The Tampa native earned All-Big Ten Second Team honors in 2020 after leading the Hoosiers to a 6-2 record and the Outback Bowl. Indiana opened that season 4-0 with wins over ranked opponents in Penn State and Michigan. Penix threw for 1,645 yards and 14 touchdowns in six games before suffering a season-ending injury.
In 2021, he started the first five games of the year but struggled until a shoulder injury put him back on the shelf. Penix threw three interceptions in a season-opening loss to Iowa and finished with seven picks against just four touchdowns in his five games. As a redshirt freshman in 2019 (with DeBoer), the 6-foot-3, 218-pound quarterback started six games, completing 110-of-160 attempts for 1,394 yards, 10 scores, and four interceptions.
Perryman, a grad transfer from Hanford, California, earned first-team All-Big Sky honors following the 2021 football season, when he helped lead UC Davis to an 8-4 overall record and the first round of the NCAA Division I-FCS Championships. He finished the 2021 season with 63 tackles, 12 pass break-ups, two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and one interception.
He was also All-Big Sky and a Phil Steele third-team All-American during the COVID-shortned 2020 season. In 2019, Perryman started all but one game, registering 41 total tackles and an interception. As a redshirt freshman in 2018, he played in 13 games, notching 20 tackles and two picks as Davis went 10-3 and reached the FCS quarterfinals.
Both are immediately eligible to play. Penix has two years of eligibility remaining. Perryman will be one-and-done.