LeBron James went straight to the NBA out of high school, but the Akron, Ohio native has always rooted hard for his Ohio State Buckeyes,
But on Saturday night, the four-time NBA champion took the time to give a shout-out on Twitter to Indiana's football team and their standout quarterback, Michael Penix Jr. The Hoosiers played James' Buckeyes tough, mounting a furious rally before falling short, 42-35. It was Indiana's first loss of the season.
James said: "IU got a great team, QB got amazing touch, playmakers on the outside, defensive 4 is tough! They’re going to be scary good very soon! Look out! Salute. Nevertheless #GoBucks"
It was nice national recognition for the Hoosiers because James has 48.3 million Twitter followers, and his tweet was liked more than 27,000 people in the first few hours.
Penix was that QB with amazing tough, throwing for 491 yards and five touchdowns in the loss to No. 3 Ohio State. The biggest playmaker was wide receiver Ty Fryfogle, who had seven catches for 213 yards and three touchdowns.
James said Indiana was "going to be scary good very soon!'' and he's not wrong. The Hoosiers had won their first four games, and they were the first Big Ten team to play Ohio State close in nearly two years. Before Saturday, Ohio State had won 18 straight Big Ten games by double-digits.
Several people with Indiana sports ties responded to James' tweet, including the official Indiana football account, Indiana basketball player Khristian Lander, and more.
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