TAMPA – Michael Penix Jr. is adjusting to new life at Tampa Bay Tech and the Titans must be happy about having the rising junior on their side. The 6’3″, 180-pound 2018 prospect enters his second season as a starter after transferring from Pasco High.
Penix Jr. spent two seasons on Pasco varsity totaling 1,291 passing yards, 14 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He had 117 rushing yards and six touchdowns on the ground as the starter this past season. He also had two punts for 92 yards. Pretty crafty.
After moving to Tampa Bay Tech with his family to be in “a better environment”, he says he learned a lot but wants to continue to learn because he knows you should never stop. Up 20 lbs. from last season, Penix Jr. is aiming to reach the 190-195 pound range by August.
TBT may have lost to Armwood 28-6 in the spring jamboree at Plant City on May 20, but Penix Jr. says it felt good to work together as a team.
He completed 11 of 23 passes for 129 yards (per coaches review) and knows the team has plenty to work on, but is excited for the regular season to start.
Last season at Pasco, he showed how good he really could be with three games with four total touchdowns (Gulf, Wesley Chapel and Springstead).
Penix Jr. says he gained confidence in last year’s spring game against Wiregrass Ranch.
“I ended up with five touchdowns and almost 300 yards in that game. I felt really good about it. That was my very first game starting varsity.”
His flashes of skill and progression up to this point have helped him earn four offers already from Florida Atlantic, South Florida, Toledo and Arizona.
He also has interest from Florida, Florida State, Arkansas, Tennessee and Purdue. This summer, Penix Jr. is planning trips to schools, but wasn’t sure the exact plan just yet.
As for his biggest strengths, he says that is his ability to read defenses and to be agile. He wants to work at his craft and believes there’s always room to improve.
His last known 40-yard dash time was 4.6 seconds. He says scrambling isn’t a big part of his game, but he isn’t afraid to use it when he needs to.
Penix Jr. started his football life at age 5 playing running back. He made the switch to quarterback four years later.
“It’s way different. You have to know a lot more,” he said about the quarterback position. “I like being back there and I know I have to make the right decisions.”
Although, Penix Jr. has only played for head coach Jayson Roberts for a couple months he’s a guy he really appreciates. Roberts owns a 36-22 record over five seasons which includes three region appearances. Last season, the Titans went 7-5 before falling to Plant City in the 7A region semifinal.
“I love coach Roberts. He’s a great coach and treats me well. He makes sure I have everything I need to be a successful quarterback at Tampa Bay Tech.”
His parents serve as his biggest role models in life.
“They are always there for me whenever I need them. I know that if I need anything they’ll be able to help provide it the best they can. They always push me to make sure I do what I need to do.”
In terms of his ultimate goal, Penix Jr. said he wants to make it to the NFL and be one of the greatest. He also stressed the importance of giving back and helping others in need.
Penix Jr. is highly intelligent and a very poised guy on and off the field. There’s no doubt that he’s in for a huge season as a rising junior.
Michael Penix Jr. is well on his way. He’ll be earning more offers as he impresses with each and every snap. He’s a fun player to watch.
Favorite players to watch – Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater
Playlist before games – R. Kelly “I’m the Greatest”
Fun fact about you that nobody knows – “I like to dance. Not too many people know that, but I dance a lot. I like to do the dance called Hit Dem Folks.”
Game film: Penix’s Hudl tape
Photo credit: Big County Preps
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