Penix returning to Washington for 6th collegiate season in 2023

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Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. announced Sunday that he will return in 2023 for his sixth collegiate season rather than enter the NFL draft.

"I want to thank this coaching staff for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to be out here to play at the University of Washington in the greatest setting of college football," said Penix. "After long talks with family, coaches, and other trusted support, I had to make one of the hardest decisions of my life for what I feel is best for my future.

"And with that being said, as I look back on this special season we had, I realized there were so many great moments and things to celebrate, but I know for sure there is so much more out there for this team and the job is still not finished. I can't wait to be back playing in Husky Stadium for the 2023 season."

Penix transferred to the Huskies ahead of the 2022 campaign after spending his first four years with Indiana.

The 22-year-old produced a breakout season while leading Washington to a 10-2 record and a spot in the Alamo Bowl against Texas. He threw for a CFB-high 4,354 yards and 29 touchdowns against seven interceptions while adding four scores on the ground.

Penix was speculated as a potential high Day 2 pick if he declared for the 2023 draft, but it appears he'll bank on building on his success and boosting his NFL stock even further next season.

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