From now until the start of fall camp, The World-Herald will be counting down the top 50 players you need to know heading into the 2016 Husker football season.

Tommy Armstrong

6-1 | 220 | Senior | Quarterback

When he’s at his best — juking defenders with option fakes or firing perfectly placed long balls — Armstrong is capable of carrying a team such as Nebraska to the Big Ten title game. Problem is, Armstrong hasn’t been able to escape the costly mistake. He’s started 33 games at Nebraska — and he’s thrown 36 interceptions. His career completion percentage: 54 percent. But that is why he’s been so determined during the offseason. Armstrong’s watched all of the game tape he can get, trying his best to ingrain the playbook and prepare himself for the looks he’ll see from defenses. Identifying the high-percentage throws is the goal. That’s not easy when defenders are collapsing the pocket and you only have a couple seconds to decipher a coverage’s deceptions. But it is Armstrong’s goal: to be a better decision-maker.

So many of the other pieces are already in place. He’s a dynamic leader with a likable personality. He’s led comebacks in the Big House and knocked off a College Football Playoff team — he’s not easily rattled. He believes in himself and trusts his teammates. He wants to win. Badly. But so far, despite having a chance at a few NU career passing records, Armstrong’s career has been largely defined by its up-and-down nature. The highs — and the lows. He’d like to end it on an upswing.

Previous entries: Honorable mentionsNo. 50 Tyrin FergusonNo. 49 Tre BryantNo. 48 Christian Gaylord, No. 47 Trey FosterNo. 46 Three-Headed FullbackNo. 45 Michael DeckerNo. 44 Corey WhitakerNo. 43 Peyton NewellNo. 42 Luke GiffordNo. 41 DaiShon Neal 

No. 40 Eric LeeNo. 39 Avery AndersonNo. 38 Carlos DavisNo. 37 Ryker FyfeNo. 36 Sam CottonNo. 35 Kieron WilliamsNo. 34 Alex DavisNo. 33 Chris WeberNo. 32 Mikale WilbonNo. 31 Mick Stoltenberg

No. 30 Antonio ReedNo. 29 Drew BrownNo. 28 Marcus NewbyNo. 27 Ross DzurisNo. 26 Khalil DavisNo. 25 Tanner FarmerNo. 24 Lamar JacksonNo. 23 David KnevelNo. 22 Alonzo MooreNo. 21 Aaron Williams

No. 20 Jerald FosterNo. 19 Terrell NewbyNo. 18 Sam FoltzNo. 17 Dedrick YoungNo. 16 Brandon ReillyNo. 15 De’Mornay Pierson-ElNo. 14 Stanley MorganNo. 13 Chris JonesNo. 12 Michael Rose-IveyNo. 11 Dylan Utter

No. 10 Brandon ReillyNo. 9 Devine OzigboNo. 8 Kevin MauriceNo. 7 Freedom AkinmoladunNo. 6 Cethan CarterNo. 5 Nick GatesNo. 4 Joshua KaluNo. 3 Jordan Westerkamp, No. 2 Nate Gerry

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