The Nebraska Cornhuskers enter their bye week at 5-0 and atop the Big Ten West. But senior quarterback Tommy Armstrong has a sprained ankle and wore a walking boot during practice on Wednesday, although head coach Mike Riley deems it a non-issue.
Armstrong has been the Huskers’ starting quarterback for what seem like the entire decade. He’s made 39 starts in his three and a half years with Nebraska, having thrown 62 touchdowns and 38 interceptions in that time span. His 58.9 percent completion percentage through the first five games of this season would be the highest of his career. In addition to that, he’s tossed nine touchdowns and thrown just two interceptions, a ratio he has never come close to finishing the year with. He’s also rushed for 20 on the ground in his career, including five already this season in just five games.
Once a four-star recruit out of Schertz, Texas, Armstrong joined the Huskers at an opportune time for his career, winning the starting quarterback job midway through his freshman campaign. While the injury will presumably not hold him out of the next game, should it act up during the contest, senior Ryker Fyfe would be the man to take over under center.
The Huskers got their first signature win of the year against Oregon back on Sep. 17. They have three more up-hill battles to climb before they can book their ticket to the Big Ten Championship Game: road visits to Wisconsin, Ohio State and Iowa. They next take to the field on Oct. 15 against Indiana.