Once spring practice starts, you’ll see plenty of Tommy Armstrong and Patrick O’Brien together as the Nebraska quarterbacks go to work on the football field. Some of their time together already has started in winter conditioning.

And with four years behind him and his senior year ahead, Armstrong realizes he can be somebody who helps O’Brien get off on the right foot at NU.

“I can mentor him a little bit on off-the-field experiences, what to expect,” Armstrong said Thursday night. “And on the field, it’s kind of the same situation.”

Armstrong and O’Brien were together briefly during the Big Red Bash, signing autographs for Husker fans and taking some pictures at the Devaney Center.

Armstrong is a two-year starter, but just now beginning his second trip through the Mike Riley and Danny Langsdorf system. O’Brien is the highly ranked Californian who signed early with the Huskers and enrolled last month, joining the mix with Ryker Fyfe, AJ Bush and Zack Darlington.

“This is my second year in the playbook, but I’m learning a lot more in-depth with certain things now, not just the plays,” Armstrong said. “I think it’s going to help me a lot, but I can also help him out. I’m looking forward to it.”

Although they’ve just started to get to know each other, Armstrong said he likes what he has seen of O’Brien so far.

“He’s a great kid,” Armstrong said. “Got a lot to learn, but I think he’s going to be a great player here. It’s just a lot of learning process for him, like it is for any freshman coming in. You got to take the time to learn as much as you can, and I think he’s willing to do that. And he’s going to push this team to be a winning team in the future.”

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