The Nebraska Cornhuskers will continue to start Tommy Armstrong, Jr. at quarterback when they travel to take on the Penn State Nittany Lions on Saturday.
“We still believe in Tommy and still think he’s going to be a really good football player for us,” Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini told the Associated Press. “He’s young. He’s a freshman. He’s not going to be perfect. He was disappointed yesterday, but that experience will make him better down the line.”
Armstrong has played in six of the last seven games, filling in for an injured Taylor Martinez. On the season, the 6’1, 220 lb. redshirt freshman out of Cibolo, Texas, is 61-of-115 for 802 yards with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. He’s rushed for 175 yards and two touchdowns on 56 attempts.
Clearly, he’s struggled and the team has, as well.
During the Cornhuskers ’41-28 loss to the Michigan State Spartans, Armstrong completed just nine-of-21 passes for 143 yards and turned the ball over three times.
“Mistakes killed us, and most of that was on me,” Armstrong said. “I’ve got to fix that. Most people say that it’s part of being a freshman. At the same time, I just think I’ve got to hold onto the football. Being a player is being a player. It’s not about what grade you’re in.”
The Cornhuskers and Nittany Lions will kickoff at 3:30 pm EST and the game is on the Big 10 Network.