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Tommy Armstrong Jr.
Player Profile:
Tommy Armstrong Jr. 804988
Position: Quarterback
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 220
Year: Senior
Hometown: Cibolo, Texas
High School: Steele
Major: Communication Studies


Honors & Awards
» Davey O'Brien Award Watch List (2016)
» Maxwell Award Watch List (2016)
» Team Captain (2015)
» Foster Farms Bowl Offensive MVP (2015 vs. UCLA)
» Rose Bowl Big Ten Player of the Week (Fresno State, 2016)
» Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week (vs. Southern Miss, vs. Michigan State, 2015, at Northwestern, 2016)
» Maxwell Award Watch List (2015)
» Manning Award Watch List (2015)
» Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Watch List (2015)
» 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 Junior Record for Passing Yards in a Season
» 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)
» 2016 Tom Novak Trophy
» Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2016)
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2016)

Armstrong's Nebraska Rankings
» Career Passing Yards, 1st (8,871 yards)
» Career Pass Completions, 1st (625 completions)
» Career Touchdown Passes, 1st (67 touchdowns)
» Career Total Offense, 1st (10,690 yards)
» Career 250-Yard Passing Games, 1st (14 games)
» Career 300-Yard Total Offense Games, 1st (11 games)
» Season Passing Yards, 3rd/5th (3,030 yards in 2015, 2,695 yards in 2014)
» Season Passing Touchdowns, 4th (22 TDs in both 2014 and 2015)
» Season Passing Completions, 5th (222 completions, 2015)
» Season Total Offense, 3rd/4th (3,430 yards in 2015, 3,400 yards in 2014)
» Season 300-Yard Passing Games, 2nd (4, 2015)
» Season 250-Yard Passing Games, 1st-tied (8, 2015)
» Season 300-Yard Total Offense Games, 1st-tied (6, 2015)

Armstrong's Rankings Among Active FBS Players (Rankings Heading in 2016)
» Career Passing Yards, 7th (6,691 yards)
» Career Passing Touchdowns, 4th (53 touchdowns)
» Career Touchdowns Responsible For, tie-2nd (69 touchdowns)
» Career Total Offense, 6th (7,998 yards)

2016 Season Notes
» Made his 44th career start at Iowa, the most ever by a Nebraska quarterback. Accounted for 138 total yards at Iowa, increased his career total offensive yardage to 10,690 moving him up two spots to seventh on the Big Ten career total offense list. Had one touchdown at Iowa, increasing his career total to 91, the most in Nebraska history.
» Threw two touchdown passes against Minnesota and rushed for a 13-yard TD in the fourth quarter.
» Completed 19-of-27 passes against Minnesota, good for a 70.4 percent completion rate. The 70.4 completion percentage was the best of Armstrong’s career when attempting at least 20 passes. His previous best was a 21-of-30 effort (70.0 percent) last season against South Alabama.
» Threw for 200 yards against Oregon, increased his career passing total to 7,376 yards, setting a Nebraska record for career passing yards. The previous record was 7,258 yards by Taylor Martinez. Enters the bowl game with 8,871 career passing yards.
» Owns the career school record of 625 completions, breaking Tayor Martinez’s previous Nebraska record of 575.
» Had 303 yards of total offense against Purdue, his school record 13th career game with at least 300 yards of total offense.

2016 Outlook
Quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. has engineered the Nebraska offense for each of the past three seasons with 33 career starts. The Texas native heads into 2016 hoping to join past Husker quarterbacks Tommie Frazier, Eric Crouch and Taylor Martinez as signal callers who have started games in four consecutive seasons at Nebraska.

The 6-1, 220-pound Armstrong brings a versatile threat to the quarterback position. He has regularly shown the ability to hurt defenses with both his strong right arm and his running ability. In his first season in Mike Riley’s offensive system in 2015, Armstrong ranked second in the Big Ten in passing and total offense.

Armstrong is part of a strong nucleus of returning skill position players in 2016, giving Nebraska confidence it can make a big leap in offensive efficiency this season. Individually, Armstrong will be focused on increasing his completion percentage this fall, while taking better care of the football.

Armstrong amassed more than 3,400 yards of total offense for a second consecutive season in 2015 and threw for more than 250 yards in eight of 12 starts. He also accounted for 29 touchdowns - 22 passing TDs and seven on the ground.

Armstrong is poised to threaten several NU career records. Armstrong is within striking distance of the career total offense record. He is among the nation’s active career leaders in passing yards, passing touchdowns, total offense and total touchdowns.

Armstrong is scheduled to complete his degree in communication studies in December of 2016.

2015 (Junior)
Armstrong started 12 games while missing the Purdue game with a foot injury. He completed 222-of-402 passes for 3,030 yards and 22 touchdowns, throwing for at least 250 yards eight times. In the running game, Armstrong had 98 carries for 400 yards and ran for seven touchdowns. His 3,430 yards of total offense ranked as the third-highest total in school history.

Armstrong also ranked highly in the conference and national statistical rankings. Armstrong’s 252.5 passing yards per game were second in the Big Ten, and his 285.8 yards of total offense per game was second in the conference and 24th in the nation. Armstrong’s 22 touchdown passes ranked third among Big Ten quarterbacks, and he guided Nebraska to top three conference rankings in passing, scoring and total offense.

Armstrong threw for at least two touchdowns in all four non-conference games. He opened the year by completing 24-of-41 passes for 319 yards and three touchdowns against BYU. A week later he hit on 21-of-30 passes for 270 yards and two scores in an easy victory over South Alabama.

Armstrong led a frenetic comeback at Miami, throwing for 309 yards and four touchdowns, while also rushing for 49 yards on 11 carries. Armstrong guided the Huskers to three fourth-quarter touchdown drives to force overtime, throwing for 184 yards and three scores in the fourth quarter alone.

Against Southern Miss, Armstrong produced a career-high 431 yards of total offense, the fifth-highest total in school history. He threw for 368 yards and two scores and rushed seven times for 63 yards and a touchdown. Armstrong’s performance earned him Big Ten Offensive Player-of-the-Week honors.

Armstrong had one of his most efficient outings at Minnesota. He completed 18-of-26 passes for 261 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing eight times for 38 yards in a 48-25 win. Armstrong accounted for three touchdowns against Northwestern, passing for 291 yards and a score, while rushing for a pair of TDs.

After sitting out at Purdue, Armstrong engineered a stirring upset of Michigan State. He threw for 320 yards and two touchdowns in the game, including a game-winning 30-yard touchdown to Brandon Reilly with 17 seconds remaining. Armstrong threw for 140 yards in the fourth quarter alone as NU rallied from a 12-point deficit.  Armstrong also rushed for a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns.

Armstrong completed three touchdown passes in a victory at Rutgers, then threw for 296 yards and rushed for 46 more in the regular-season finale against Iowa. Armstrong capped his junior season by earning Offensive MVP honors in a Foster Farms Bowl win over UCLA. Armstrong rushed for 76 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries, helping Nebraska to a season-high 326 rushing yards. He also completed 12-of-19 passes for 174 yards. .

2014 (Sophomore)
Armstrong started all 13 games and finished with 3,400 yards of total offense. He threw for 22 touchdowns, including seven in the season’s final two games. He threw for more than 200 yards eight times in 2014, and had at least one touchdown pass in 11 of 13 games. Armstrong had 705 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns, while averaging 4.9 yards per carry. He 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 offense games. He threw for 271 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 62 yards and a touchdown against Florida Atlantic, helping NU set a Big Ten modern-era record for total offense with 784 yards. Armstrong posted the 131 rushing yards against McNeese State on just 11 carries, with 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. 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 rushed for 96 yards and added 113 passing yards in a 41-31 win over Miami. He threw for 166 yards with 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 caught a 16-yard touchdown pass from De’Mornay Pierson-El on a reserve pass, becoming the first NU quarterback to catch a touchdown pass since 2008.

Armstrong posted 268 yards of total offense against Minnesota, including 223 passing yards. In the regular-season finale at Iowa, Armstrong’s leadership and poise helped NU 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 touchdowns at Iowa, including two second-half touchdowns to put NU in position to reach overtime. Armstrong then connected with Kenny Bell on a game-winning nine-yard TD pass in overtime.

Armstrong directed Nebraska to 525 total yards against USC in the Holiday Bowl. He posted career highs in passing yards (381), completions (32) and attempts (51), all Nebraska bowl records. Armstrong also rushed for 41 yards to account for a career-high and NU bowl-record 422 yards of total offense. He threw for three touchdowns and ran for a fourth-quarter score before the Husker rally fell just short.

2013 (Redshirt Freshman)
Armstrong took over the starting role midway through the season and compiled a 7-1 record as the starter. He was one of three quarterbacks to play a key role for NU in 2013, beginning the season as the co-No. 2 quarterback behind Taylor Martinez. Armstrong finished with 966 yards passing and nine touchdowns, while rushing for 202 yards and two scores.

Armstrong made his first career start against South Dakota State and completed 12-of-15 passes for 169 yards and a touchdown. He guided Nebraska to touchdowns on each of the first three drives he led.

Armstrong split time with Ron Kellogg at Purdue and scored his first career rushing touchdown, a three-yard run. Armstrong rushed 17 times for a season-high 69 yards against Northwestern, including a five-yard touchdown. He also completed 15-of-29 passes for a season-high 173 yards and a touchdown.

Armstrong showed his poise in leading NU 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 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. Armstrong was injured early at Penn State and also missed the Iowa contest with an injury.

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 to Enunwa in the third quarter to give NU a 24-12 lead.

2012 (Redshirt)
Armstrong redshirted in his first season in the program in 2012.

Before Nebraska (Steele HS)
Armstrong was 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 rushed 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 passing for1,343 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 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 volunteered his time with Uplifting Athletes, the Omaha Police Department, South Omaha at Risk Youth, Husker Heroes program and numerous hospital and community center visits.

Armstrong Jr.'s Career Stats (Passing)













2012         Redshirt            
2013 9/8 68 131 8 51.9 966 7.4 107.3 99 vs. Georgia 9 124.31
2014 13/13 184 345 12 53.3 2,695 7.8 207.3 73 vs. Illinois 22 133.04
2015 12/12 222 402 16 55.2 3,030 7.5 252.5 55 at Illinois 22 128.64
Totals 34/33 474 878
36 54.0 6,691 7.6 196.8 99 vs. Georgia 53 129.72

Armstrong Jr.'s Career Stats (Rushing)









2012       Redshirt      
2013 9/8 67 202 3.0 22.4 24 vs. Georgia
2014 13/13 145 705 4.9 54.2 42 vs. McNeese State 6







32 at Illinois








42 vs. McNeese State


Single-Game Highs
» 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), at Miami (2015)
» Rushes -
20 at Wisconsin (2014)
» Rushing Yards -
131 vs. McNeese State (2014)
» Long Rush - 42 vs. McNeese State (2014)

» Rushing Touchdowns -
2 vs. Michigan State (2015)
» Total Offense Yards -
431 vs. Southern Miss (2015)
*-school record
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