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)
» Nebraska Sophomore Record Holder - Passing Yards, Passing TDs, Total Offense
» Nebraska Bowl Game Record Holder - Passing Yards, Passing TDs, Pass Completions,
Pass Attempts, Total Offense (2014 Holiday Bowl vs. USC)
Quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. has directed the Nebraska offense each of the past two seasons. The Texas native has started 21 games the past two seasons and heads into spring practice as the leading candidate to secure the starting role in Coach Mike Riley’s first season. Armstrong could join an elite group of quarterbacks who have been three-year starters in the Nebraska program.
The 6-1, 220-pound Armstrong has excelled based on his dual-threat abilities and his command and leadership for the Husker offense. Armstrong finished his sophomore season among the Big Ten leaders in total offense and capped his sophomore season with career bests in passing yards and total offense in the Holiday Bowl against USC.
As a sophomore, Armstrong posted the third-best total offense season in school history with 3,400 yards, while his 2,695 passing yards ranked as the most by an NU sophomore and the fourth-most overall in school history. Armstrong also rushed for 705 yards and accounted for 28 total touchdowns. Armstrong’s 261.5 total offensive yards per game ranked second in the Big Ten, while his 207.3 passing yards per contest were fifth.
Armstrong took over the starting role midway through the 2013 season and compiled a 7-1 record as the starter as a redshirt freshman.
With two seasons remaining Armstrong is already climbing the Husker career charts. His 3,661 career passing yards rank seventh in school history, while his 4,568 yards of total offense leaves him just 212 yards outside the career top 10.
Armstrong started all 13 games and finished with 3,400 yards of total offense. Armstrong threw for 22 touchdowns, including seven in the season’s final two games. He threw for better than 200 yards eight times in 2014, and had at least one touchdown pass in 11 of 13 games.
Armstrong’s ability as a runner helped the Huskers rank 17th nationally in rushing offense. He finished the season with 705 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns, while avearging 4.9 yards per carry. Armstrong topped 50 rushing yards seven times, including a career-high 131 rushing yards against McNeese State.
Armstrong opened the year with three consecutive 300-yard total offensive games. He threw for 271 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 62 yards and a touchdown against Florida Atlantic, helping Nebraska set a Big Ten modern-era record for total offense. A week later, Armstrong had 131 rushing yards against McNeese State on just 11 carries. He had runs of 42, 24 and 34 yards against the Cowboys. He also threw for 242 yards and two touchdowns, including a 58-yard touchdown pass to Ameer Abdullah in the waning seconds to secure the victory.
In the road opener at Fresno State, Armstrong completed 12-of-21 passes for 260 yards and three touchdowns, including a 70-yard scoring strike to Jordan Westerkamp on the game’s third play. He also rushed for 65 yards, and became the first Nebraska quarterback since 2008 to top 300 yards of total offense in three straight games. Armstrong engineered a dominant second-half offensive effort in a 41-31 win over Miami. He rushed for 96 yards on 13 carries, while adding 113 passing yards.
Armstrong threw for 166 yards and a 73-yard touchdown in a win over Illinois, while adding 66 rushing yards. Armstrong threw for a then-career-high 273 yards and nearly engineered a fourth-quarter comeback in a 27-22 loss at Michigan State.
Armstrong accounted for 276 yards of total offense at Northwestern, including 221 passing yards. He also caught a 16-yard touchdown pass from De’Mornay Pierson-El on a second-quarter reserve pass, becoming the first NU quarterback to catch a touchdown pass since 2008.
Armstrong was efficient in wins over Rutgers and Purdue, posting 182 and 188 total offensive yards, respectively, to guide comfortable Husker wins. He had a touchdown pass and a touchdown run in a setback at Wisconsin.
Armstrong posted 268 yards of total offense in a 28-24 loss to Minnesota, including 223 passing yards on a 12-of-19 effort. In the regular-season finale at Iowa, Armstrong’s leadership and poise helped Nebraska tie the largest road comeback in school history as the Huskers overcame a 24-7 second-half deficit to win 37-34 in overtime.
Armstrong threw for a career-high four touchdown passes in the game, including a pair of second-half touchdowns to put NU in position to reach overtime. Armstrong then connected with Kenny Bell on a game-winning nine-yard touchdown pass in overtime.
Armstrong directed an explosive Nebraska offense in the Holiday Bowl. The Huskers produced 525 total yards in a 45-42 loss, with Armstrong posting career highs in passing yards (381), completions (32) and attempts (51). Those totals were also Nebraska bowl records. Armstrong also rushed for 41 yards to account for a career-high and Nebraska bowl record 422 yards of total offense. Armstrong threw for three touchdowns in the game, and ran for a fourth-quarter score, before the Husker rally fell just short.
2013 (Redshirt Freshman)
Armstrong was one of three quarterbacks to play a key role for the Huskers in 2013. He 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 started eight games and finished with 966 yards passing and nine touchdowns, while rushing for 202 yards and two touchdowns.
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. 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 of 2013 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.
Armstrong redshirted in his first season in the program in 2012.
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.
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)
» Pass Attempts - 51 vs. USC (2014 Holiday Bowl)
» Pass Completions - 32 vs. USC (2014 Holiday Bowl)
» Passing Yards - 381 vs. USC (2014 Holiday Bowl)
» Long Pass - 99 vs. Georgia, (2014 Gator Bowl)*
» Passing Touchdowns - 4 at Iowa (2014)
» Rushes - 20 at Wisconsin (2014)
» Rushing Yards - 131 vs. McNeese State (2014)
» Long Rush - 42 vs. McNeese State (2014)
» Rushing Touchdowns - 1 (eight times)
» Total Offense Yards - 422 vs. USC (2014 Holiday Bowl)