Honors & Awards
- Honorable-Mention Big Ten All-Freshman Team (BTN)
- Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2012)
- Big Ten Freshman of the week (at Michigan, 2013)
Redshirt freshman quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. was one of three quarterbacks to play a key role for the Huskers in the 2013 season. Armstrong played in eight games this season with seven starts following an injury to senior starter Taylor Martinez.
Despite his youth, Armstrong was up to the challenge, as Nebraska posted a 6-1 record with Armstrong as the starting signal caller. The 6-1, 220-pound Armstrong flashed his ability as both a passer and runner during his time under center. Armstrong finished the regular season with 803 yards passing and seven touchdowns through the air, while rushing for 176 yards and two touchdowns.
Armstrong suffered an ankle injury against Penn State and missed the final three quarters of that game, and the regular-season finale against Iowa. Armstrong is expected to be available for Nebraska in the Gator Bowl matchup with Georgia. Armstrong will head into spring practice as the front-runner to lead the Nebraska offense in 2014.
2013 (Redshirt Freshman)
Wyoming: Didn’t play in the season opener. Southern Miss: Saw action off the bench... didn’t attempt a pass, but did run four times for 23 yards. UCLA: Did not play against the Bruins. SDSU: Made his first career start... completed 12-of-15 passes for 169 yards and one touchdown... also rushed five times for 38 yards... guided Nebraska to touchdowns on each of the first three drives he led, including a 66-yard TD drive on just four plays to open the game. Illinois: Started his second straight game for the injured Taylor Martinez... completed 8-of-13 passes for 135 yards and two touchdowns... also rushed for 18 yards... guided Nebraska to touchdowns on each of his first three drives. Purdue: Had a three-yard rushing touchdown in the first quarter, his first career rushing touchdown... was the first by a Nebraska quarterback this season... was 6-of-18 through the air for 43 yards... also threw three interceptions, his first interceptions of the season. Minnesota: Didn’t play against the Gophers. Northwestern: Made his fourth career start... rushed 17 times for 69 yards, including a five-yard touchdown run to open the scoring... rushing attempts and yardage were both career highs... completed 15-of-29 passes for 173 yards and one touchdown in the game, including completing nine of his first 10 pass attempts... his 173 passing yards were a career best, bettering his 169 passing yards against South Dakota State. Michigan: Led the Huskers to a 17-13 win at Michigan... snapped Michigan’s 19-game home winning streak... was 11-for-19 for 139 yards and one touchdown... also ran 12 times for 13 yards... was 5-for-7 for 59 yards passing and added seven yards rushing on the game-winning drive... accounted for 66 total yards on the drive and threw the winning touchdown pass to Ameer Abdullah with 2:03 left. Michigan State: Lost his first game as Nebraska’s starting quarterback after starting 5-0... was 9-of-21 for 143 yards and a season-high tying two touchdowns, including a 32-yard strike to Sam Burtch and a season-long 38-yard pass to Kenny Bell... also ran five times for nine yards. Penn State: Started at Penn State, but only played three series before leaving the game with an ankle injury. Iowa: Didn’t play against Iowa due to injury.
Redshirt freshman Tommy Armstrong Jr. enters the 2013 season in hopes of earning the backup quarterback spot behind three-year starter and returning All-Big Ten selection Taylor Martinez. The 6-1, 220-pound Armstrong fits the dual-threat mold of Martinez and past NU quarterbacks, and Armstrong’s future in the NU program appears to be very bright.
Armstrong was impressive in practice last season before being sidelined by a minor knee surgery midway through the fall. He was at full speed for winter conditioning and spring ball and capped the spring with an impressive showing in the Red-White game, passing for 102 yards and a touchdown.
Armstrong is also off to a strong start in the classroom in Lincoln, being named to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall of 2012.
Armstrong Jr. redshirted his first season at Nebraska.
Before Nebraska (Cibolo Steele HS)
Armstrong Jr. was the only scholarship quarterback in Nebraska’s 2012 freshman class and was considered one of the nation’s top dual-threat quarterbacks. The 6-1, 215-pound Armstrong led 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. Armstrong produced huge numbers both as a runner and a passer as a senior. He finished with 1,281 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns, while passing for 1,945 yards and 29 touchdowns against just two interceptions, completing nearly 59 percent of his passes. Armstrong showed his all-around ability during Steele’s run to the state title game. In the quarterfinals, he threw for 279 yards and three touchdowns, while also rushing for a touchdown. A week later in a semifinal victory, Armstrong had 139 rushing yards and four touchdowns, while passing for another score. In 2011, Armstrong was named to the San Antonio Express News All-Area team as an all-purpose player and he 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. In 2010, 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. Armstrong is one of two Texans in the Huskers’ 2012 class and gives NU at least one Lone Star State representative in its signing class for the 12th straight year. He only visited Nebraska, but had offers from coast to coast, including Georgia Tech, Oregon, Kansas, Missouri, Mississippi State, Southern Miss, TCU and UCLA.
Armstrong Jr. is the son of Tommy Armstong Sr., and he was born on Nov. 8, 1993.
» Pass Attempts - 15 vs. SDSU (2013)
» Pass Completions - 12 vs. SDSU (2013)
» Passing Yards - 169 vs. SDSU (2013)
» Passing Touchdowns - 1 vs. SDSU (2013)
» Rushes - 5 vs. SDSU (2013)
» Rushing Yards - 38 vs. SDSU (2013)
» Rushing Touchdowns - None
» Total Offense Yards - 207 vs. SDSU (2013)