Tommy Armstrong’s play thus far this season has been deserving of national attention. Now, he is starting to get it.
The Nebraska quarterback was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week on Monday after throwing for 246 yards and a touchdown and running for a career-high 132 yards in the Huskers’ 24-13 win against Northwestern.
But it doesn’t stop there. ESPN’s Holly Rowe even wondered why Armstrong isn’t being talked about more as Nebraska is 4-0 and currently No. 15 in both the Coaches and AP Polls.
I wonder why more folks aren't talking about @HuskerFBNation QB Tommy Armstrong Jr.
Last game career high 132 yds rush, 246 yds pass & 4-0
— Holly Rowe (@sportsiren) September 26, 2016
Big Ten Network’s Tom Dienhart went a step further, “BUYING” into the notion that Armstrong is, right now, the Big Ten Offensive MVP. Dienhart spoke highly of Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett, who has the Buckeyes offense rolling at 3-0. But Dienhart then extolled Armstrong’s early accomplishments:
He is No. 3 in efficiency with a 56.6 percent completion percentage for 931 yards with eight touchdowns and one pick, to go along with 281 yards rushing and four scores. That’s 303 yards of offense per game (No. 3 in total offense in the league). No QB means as much to his team as Armstrong.
The question about Armstrong has never been about his ability. It’s all about the consistency and turnovers.
He threw 12 interceptions in 2014 and then that number jumped to 16 a season ago. This season Armstrong is at eight touchdowns with only one interception. He’s also more than halfway to his 2015 season total of seven rushing touchdowns.
Huskers fans won’t forget about this one against Oregon:
Top QB in #B1G West?
— Nebraska On BTN (@NebraskaOnBTN) September 19, 2016
It’s still relatively early this season, but Armstrong is gaining momentum when it comes to grabbing awards attention. To keep that going, he and Nebraska will have to beat Illinois this Saturday.