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.
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 mentions, No. 50 Tyrin Ferguson, No. 49 Tre Bryant, No. 48 Christian Gaylord, No. 47 Trey Foster, No. 46 Three-Headed Fullback, No. 45 Michael Decker, No. 44 Corey Whitaker, No. 43 Peyton Newell, No. 42 Luke Gifford, No. 41 DaiShon Neal
No. 40 Eric Lee, No. 39 Avery Anderson, No. 38 Carlos Davis, No. 37 Ryker Fyfe, No. 36 Sam Cotton, No. 35 Kieron Williams, No. 34 Alex Davis, No. 33 Chris Weber, No. 32 Mikale Wilbon, No. 31 Mick Stoltenberg
No. 30 Antonio Reed, No. 29 Drew Brown, No. 28 Marcus Newby, No. 27 Ross Dzuris, No. 26 Khalil Davis, No. 25 Tanner Farmer, No. 24 Lamar Jackson, No. 23 David Knevel, No. 22 Alonzo Moore, No. 21 Aaron Williams
No. 20 Jerald Foster, No. 19 Terrell Newby, No. 18 Sam Foltz, No. 17 Dedrick Young, No. 16 Brandon Reilly, No. 15 De’Mornay Pierson-El, No. 14 Stanley Morgan, No. 13 Chris Jones, No. 12 Michael Rose-Ivey, No. 11 Dylan Utter