Nebraska Football
Weekly Press Conference
Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 (Memorial Stadium)
Pre-Northwestern

Redshirt Freshman Quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr.

On how tough it was to sit on Saturday
“It was pretty tough. But I trust our coaches and that they made the best decision and just stick with them. Follow the plan.”

On if he expected to play at Minnesota
“It wasn’t really told to me that I wasn’t going to get in. I was just told to be ready and stay warm and be ready at any time. My number wasn’t called, but at the same time you just got to trust in the coaches and trust in their decisions.”

On if he mentally prepares to be the starter against Northwestern
“Yeah, I do that every week. I just have to do my best and prepare the right way and if my number is called this week, then I’ll be prepared to answer.”

On his assessment of why the offense struggled as much as it did
“We just couldn’t capitalize. We had a couple good drives here and there and it was just we couldn’t execute on the right times. We had the opportunity and last game our offense just wasn’t clicking and we got a couple good drives here and there but at the same time we just need to capitalize. Everyone says our defense does this and this. At the same time, we just can’t put our defense in tough situations.”

On where he needs to take his next step in his development as a quarterback
“I honestly don’t think I need to prove anything. I think I just need to focus on being a leader and going out there and doing what I like doing, which is having fun and being able to lead these guys and execute the right way and put our players in the right position to succeed. If I have to go out there this week and take on Northwestern, I just have to put my team in a position to succeed.”

On practicing in pads on Sunday taking him by surprise
“Not really. It didn’t take us by surprise. Whatever our coach wants us to do, that’s what we have to do. We just have to be ready. It got our attention.”

On stepping it up the last month against quality opponents
“This is my first time I’ve actually been in a tough situation in the Big Ten. Coach has always told us it’s going to be tough and all the teams are good. My whole plan is to be that leader and put my teammates in a good position to win.”

On needing a leader with all the injuries
“We need a huge leader, but at the same time we all need to be leaders. We all got to do our own jobs and if we do that things will come out the right way. We need young guys to step up and capitalize and make big plays. We need everyone to step up the next five weeks.”