’25 QB registered a QB Rating of 140.46 for 2023
This guy has it all as a QB prospect in Kentucky’s 2025 graduating class. Luke Pennington is manning the controls for one of 1A’s premier programs. Pennington has the smarts, composure, frame, and skill-set. He even has the pedigree, as his dad (Chad) was a star for Marshall’s Thundering Herd and was drafted in the first round of the NFL draft and played for many years for the Jets and Dolphins (NY and Miami). Luke Pennington threw for 50-TDs in ’23 against not a single INT and logged a QB rating of 140.46. That is just mind boggling.HB Lyon, Scouting Director, KPGFootball
Lexington, KY: There is something to be said about pedigree regarding football and performance. It can doubly be said around the Pennington household.
Luke’s older brother Cole, is playing QB at Marshall University presently after having prepped at Sayre School playing for Daddy Pennington (Chad). Chad Pennington is a former NFL QB, for 11-seasons, primarily with the New York Jets.
He was a first-round selection, out of Marshall, and the only player to win NFL Comeback Player of the Year twice. The elder Pennington is the only QB, not named “Brady,” to lead his team to an AFC East title between ’02 and ’19.
When he retired, Chad Pennington was the career completion percentage leader at 66%, now second behind Drew Brees. Both of Coach Pennington’s sons can spin a football.
We have before written about Cole. This is Luke’s turn in the limelight.
This year for the Spartans, Luke completed 171 of his 252-passing attempts (68% completion percentage and a QBR of 140.46). Pennington threw for 2,555-yards and 50-TDs versus not a single thrown INT all year long.
That just blows our mind. Pennington lead his team to a 12-1 mark, rushed for a TD, and even intercepted a pass during a brief stint playing some defense.
We interviewed Hall of Fame former head football coach, Dan Goble, about Pennington and his 50 to zero, TD to INT ratio. “It blows my mind, truthfully,” Goble told KPGFootball. “Filling the air with that many footballs, one would have thought a ball might have been deflected or something. Throwing 50 TDs in a single season is noteworthy enough; but doing it without suffering a single pick is amazing. I am struggling to wrap my mind around it.”
This guy made the 840WHAS & KPGFootball Small School All-State Football Team. QB was a tough position to impress in the Small School (1A, 2A, 3A) division in ’23.
Brady Atwell, at Owensboro Catholic (2A), threw 68-TDs and for 4,700-yards while rushing for another 700-yards with 16 TDs rushing while Cole Hodge, Christian Academy-Louisville (CAL, 3A), threw for over 4,000-yards and 55-TDs against only 7-picks and gained over 600-yards and 10-TDs rushing.
That is mighty fast company to keep. Still, a completion rate of 68%, a QBR over 140, and a TD to INT ratio of 50:0 is as impressive as anything done by the other two.
Luke Pennington still has a year to play. If this guy continues down the “Pennington way” he has, thus far, traveled; we may well be talking about ’24’s “Mr. KY Football.”
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