Tommy Armstrong Jr. has fought through a lot of bumps, bruises, twists and sprains throughout his college career. His hamstring injury, however, is one he’s just not going to be able to overcome.
The face of Nebraska’s offense hasn’t practiced and won’t see the field in the Music City Bowl on Dec. 30 because of the injury, missing the final game of his career. Armstrong took time to talk about being a spectator over the past few weeks for Nebraska with HuskerOnline.com.
It’s difficult. Me and Jordan (Westerkamp) always sit in our room and just say how bad we want to be out here. At the end of the day it’s what’s good for you. It’s about your health. There are only certain things a certain person can do. You can’t be Superman and do things like you did back in Week 1 or Week 2.
Armstrong has played in 45 games in his career, throwing for 8,871 yards, 67 TDs and 44 INTS. He’s been knocked for his consistency and decision-making throughout his career but has never been challenged for his starting spot.
Backup Ryker Fyfe is expected to start against Tennessee, despite undergoing wrist surgery earlier this year. Though it’s unlikely that Armstrong sees the field, he’s hoping he can at least suit up and serve as an emergency option if necessary:
I’ve been doing some work these past couple of weeks and maybe I could be an emergency guy. I might just be an emergency guy for Zack and Ryker, but right now we are still figuring that out
Armstrong will join fellow senior Jordan Westerkamp on the sideline, who will also miss the game because of an injury. Senior safety Nate Gerry will miss the Music City Bowl because of ineligibility.
With so many key weapons out, it’s certainly a disappointing way to end what was a pretty good season in Lincoln, with the Huskers ending the year with a 9-3 record.