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Big 10 Freshman QB Out For The Season With Torn ACL

Indiana Hoosiers cheerleaders perform during the game against the Michigan Wolverines at Memorial Stadium.

BLOOMINGTON, IN - OCTOBER 14: Indiana Hoosiers cheerleaders perform during the game against the Michigan Wolverines at Memorial Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Indiana has a lot of work ahead of them if they have any hopes of participating a bowl game this year. But their long-term plans may have taken a major hit this weekend.

On Monday, Indiana head coach Tom Allen announced that true freshman QB Michael Penix suffered a torn ACL and would miss the rest of the season.

In Saturday's game against Penn State, Allen decided to split snaps between Penix and starting QB Peyton Ramsey.

Allen lamented the injury and expressed hope that Penix would make a full recovery.

Whether the injury has any lasting damage on Penix beyond 2018 remains to be seen.

With Penix out, the Hoosiers will need to rely more heavily on Ramsey or give reps to one of their other QB prospects. Redshirt freshman Johnny Pabst is a possible candidate.

247Sports rated Penix as a three-star recruit coming out of Tampa Bay Tech high school in Florida.

The Hoosiers next game will be on Friday against Minnesota. At 4-3, Indiana needs two more wins to obtain bowl eligibility for the first time since 2016.