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#4 Tommy Armstrong Jr.
Position: Quarterback
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 220
Year: Redshirt Freshman
Hometown: Cibolo, Texas
High School: Steele
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Honors & Awards
» Honorable-Mention Big Ten All-Freshman Team (BTN, 2013)

» Big Ten Freshman of the Week (vs. Michigan, 2013)
» Longest Pass in Nebraska History and NCAA Bowl History (99 yards vs. Georgia)
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall, 2012)

2014 Outlook
Tommy Armstrong Jr. was one of three quarterbacks to play a key role for the Huskers in 2013. Armstrong played in nine games as a redshirt freshman and made eight starts following an early-season injury to four-year starter Taylor Martinez.

With both Martinez and fellow 2013 senior Ron Kellogg III having graduated, Armstrong is the frontrunner to hold down the starting job this fall. Armstrong proved last season he was up to the challenge, posting a 7-1 record as the starter after being thrust into the role.

The 6-1, 220-pound Armstrong flashed his ability as both a passer and runner during his time under center in 2013. Armstrong finished the 2013 season with 966 yards passing and nine touchdowns through the air, while rushing for 202 yards and two scores. Armstrong completed 51.9 percent of his passes last fall and worked during the offseason to increase his efficiency in the passing game.

2013 (Redshirt Freshman)
Armstrong began the season as the co-No. 2 quarterback behind Taylor Martinez, but became the Huskers’ starter during the second half of the season. Armstrong saw limited action against Southern Miss in his only playing time in the first three games.

With Martinez sidelined, Armstrong made his first career start against South Dakota State and completed 12-of-15 passes for 169 yards and a touchdown, and rushed five times for 38 yards. He guided Nebraska to touchdowns on each of the first three drives he led. Armstrong completed 8-of-13 passes for 135 yards and two touchdowns against Illinois, and also rushed for 18 yards.

Armstrong split time with Kellogg in a win at Purdue and scored his first career rushing touchdown a three-yard first-quarter run. He also passed for 43 yards. Armstrong did not play at Minnesota, then made his fourth start vs. Northwestern. He rushed 17 times for a career-high 69 yards, including a five-yard TD on the game’s opening drive. He also completed 15-of-29 passes for a career-high 173 yards and a touchdown.

Armstrong showed his poise in leading the Huskers to a 17-13 win at Michigan, snapping the Wolverines’ 19-game home winning streak. Armstrong threw for 139 yards, including a game-winning touchdown to Ameer Abdullah with 2:03 left. Armstrong was 5-for-7 for 59 yards passing and added seven yards rushing on the game-winning drive.

He suffered his only loss as a starter against Michigan State, when he threw for 143 yards and two touchdown passes, a 32-yard strike to Sam Burtch and a 38-yard pass to Kenny Bell. Armstrong started at Penn State, but played only three series before leaving with an ankle injury. The injury kept him out of the Iowa contest.

Armstrong earned the start in the Gator Bowl against Georgia and led NU to a 24-19 win. He threw for 163 yards, including a pair of scoring strikes to Quincy Enunwa. Armstrong threw a school-record 99-yard touchdown in the third quarter to give NU a 24-12 lead. Armstrong also rushed for 26 yards, including a season-long 24-yard run.

2012 (Freshman)
Armstrong Jr. red
shirted his first season at Nebraska.

Before Nebraska (Cibolo Steele HS)
Armstrong was considered one of the nation’s top dual-threat quarterbacks after leading Cibolo Steele High School to the Class 5A state championship game each of his final two seasons. Armstrong led Steele to 15 straight victories in 2011, before a loss in the state championship game. He produced huge numbers both as a runner and a passer as a senior, running for 1,281 yards and 16 touchdowns, while passing for 1,945 yards and 29 touchdowns against just two interceptions. He completed nearly 59 percent of his passes.

Armstrong threw for 279 yards and three touchdowns in the state quarterfinals, while also rushing for a touchdown. In a semifinal win, Armstrong had 139 rushing yards and four touchdowns, while passing for another score. Armstrong was named to the San Antonio Express News All-Area team as an all-purpose player and was the District 25-5A Offensive MVP.

Armstrong also earned first-team all-district honors as a junior, when he led Cibolo Steele to a 14-2 record and a Class 5A Division II state championship. Armstrong ran for more than 500 yards and eight touchdowns, while completing better than 51 percent of his passes for 1,343 yards and 19 touchdowns with just two interceptions.

Armstrong was regarded as the No. 5 quarterback in the country and 18th-best overall prospect in the state of Texas by Scout.com, while Rivals.com ranked him among the top 50 players in Texas and one of the nation’s top 10 dual-threat signal callers. Armstrong played in the Offense-Defense Bowl in Arlington, Texas, following his senior season. He only visited Nebraska, but had offers from coast to coast, including Georgia Tech, Oregon, Kansas, Missouri, Mississippi State, Southern Miss, TCU and UCLA.

Personal

Tommy is the son of Tommy Armstrong Sr., and he was born on Nov. 8, 1993. He has been active in NU outreach activities, including the Husker Heroes program, Husker Hotline, numerous hospital and community center visits, as well as at Randolph and Clinton Elementary schools and Lefler Middle School. He is majoring in communication studies.

Armstrong Jr.'s Career Stats (Passing)

Year

G

Cmp.

Att.

Int.

Pct.

Yds.

Y/A

Y/G

LP

TD

Eff.R.

2012         Redshirt            
2013 9/8 68 131 8 51.9 966 7.4 107.3 99 vs. Georgia 9 124.31
Totals 9/8 68 131
8 51.9 966 7.4 107.3 99 vs. Georgia 9 124.31


Armstrong Jr.'s Career Stats (Rushing)

Year

G/S

Att.

Net

Y/A

Y/G

Long

TDs

2012       Redshirt      
2013 9/8 67 202 3.0 22.4 24 vs. Georgia
2

Totals

9/8

67

202

3.0 

22.4

24 vs Georgia

2

Single-Game Highs
» Pass Attempts -
29 vs. Northwestern (2013)
» Pass Completions -
 15 vs. Northwestern (2013)
» Passing Yards -
 173 vs. Northwestern (2013)
» Long Pass - 99 vs. Georgia, 2014 Gator Bowl*

» Passing Touchdowns -
2 vs. Illinois (2013), vs. Michigan State (2013), vs. Georgia (2014 Gator Bowl)
» Rushes -
17 vs. Northwestern (2013)
» Rushing Yards -
69 vs. Northwestern (2013)
» Long Rush - 24 vs. Northwestern (2013)

» Rushing Touchdowns -
1 at Purdue (2013), vs. Northwestern (2013)
» Total Offense Yards -
242 vs. Northwestern (2013)
*-school record