USC football: Ranking Caleb Williams among every starting quarterback in the Pac-12

Evan Desai
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No. 10 starting quarterback in the Pac-12: Michael Penix Jr.--Washington Huskies

Michael Penix Jr. is another QB who transferred from the Big Ten and into the Pac-12 this offseason. Penix hails from Indiana, and will be the starting signal-caller for Washington this upcoming season. The Huskies likely are attracted to the athleticism he has as a potential dual-threat guy.

The problem is, he hasn't really put that talent on full display yet. Penix has just 165 rushing yards in his career, and six touchdowns. He averages only 2.6 yards per carry. So, while he has speed, he hasn't quite put it to full use just yet. Why is that such a problem? Because his arm hasn't been there either.

In his four years as a college QB, Penix has completed just 59.4% of his throws. He only averages 7.3 yards per attempt and 7.1 adjusted yards per attempt.

Having an awful year last year, he completed only 53.7% of his passes, averaged 5.8 passing yards per attempt, 4.3 adjusted passing yards per attempt, and tossed four touchdowns to seven interceptions.

He's coming off of an awful year, and he only stayed upright for five games. Only playing in 20 games in his collegiate career, durability will be a big point of emphasis for him here in 2022.