Tommy Armstrong Jr. is heading into his third season with the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Armstrong put together a very solid season last year, but is ready to take a big leap forward this season and begin to show his full potential.
Bleacher Report named him as their 250th best player in the country for the upcoming season, but he wants to prove that he belongs higher on that list.
During the 2014 season with the Cornhuskers, Armstrong threw for 2,695 yards, 22 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He also ran for 705 yards and six touchdowns on the season.
There aren’t many quarterbacks across the nation that possess the ability to impact a football game more than the Nebraska quarterback. Armstrong is the definition of a playmaker, which is exactly what the Cornhuskers will need to see from him consistently this season.
If they want to contend in a stacked Big Ten conference, they need their quarterback to take a big leap from last season.
First of all, Armstrong has to figure out the turnover issues that he has had. His 12 interceptions weren’t terrible last season, but learning to read coverages a bit better would have saved him four or five of those turnovers.
Cutting back on the interception number by four or five could translate into another win or two this season.
Becoming more of a leader for the Cornhuskers is another area that Armstrong needs to take a step forward in. Every young quarterback could use work on their leadership. Armstrong showed signs of being a leader last year, but he needs to take more control of his offense.
Outside of those two areas, Armstrong is a fairly solid all-around quarterback. He needed to work a bit on his arm accuracy, but there is no questioning the arm strength that he showed last season.
Looking ahead at the upcoming season, there is nothing holding Armstrong back from being one of the nation’s top quarterbacks. Nebraska has put a very solid team around him and he has had a full offseason to prepare himself to take on a bigger role for his team. Armstrong has displayed an excellent work ethic throughout his career, which should give Nebraska and their fans confidence that he will come back as a much improved player this season.
It will be interesting to see how Nebraska hangs with the rest of the Big Ten. A lot of their success or lack thereof will come from the performances that Armstrong puts up from week to week.
Expect to see the talented quarterback come through with a monstrous season, and prove that he is one of the top quarterbacks in the nation. They are going to give him opportunities to make plays through the air and with his legs, which will help him dominate defenses and lead his team to a solid season once again.
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