NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong said on Wednesday he’s about 80-percent healthy, though he’s not sure he’ll play on Friday in the Music City Bowl.
The senior quarterback’s been dealing with a hamstring injury for more than a month now.
But even though he’ll miss his final collegiate game, he hasn’t given up the dream of playing post-college, even if it meant not playing quarterback.
Armstrong said he’d be up to playing wide receiver if he had to.
Offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf thinks that could work.
“I think he’ll have to just get back to getting healthy and taking that month of January and rehab and get back to 100 percent so he can test well, that will be big for him,” Langsdorf said.
Armstrong only caught one pass in his career, but did run for 1,819 yards and 23 touchdowns. He averaged 4.3 yards per carry over four years.
Armstrong would follow in the footsteps of a few other Nebraska quarterbacks trying to make it in the NFL as a non-quarterbacks, most notably 2001 Heisman Trophy Winner Eric Crouch.
Langsdorf’s spent four years coaching in the NFL, most recently in 2014 as the quarterbacks coach for the New York Giants.
He said Armstrong’s workouts will be important to show he can do more than just sling the ball around.
“I think that his athletic ability, he’s got a possibility of doing that,” Langsdorf said about Armstrong playing receiver. “Sometimes that transition takes a little bit of time. His ability, especially running around, I think he has a chance to be playing something else.”