Armstrong Still Making an Impact

Ray Ray Armstrong had a very strong start to 2012 and Al Golden has talked a lot about that. His strong play has continued of late.

Ray Ray Armstrong was one of the most heavily recruited players on Miami's entire roster right now. He hasn't exactly lived up to those expectations through his first three seasons. Now a senior, Armstrong has really started turning the corner. Al Golden has seen his strong play this spring continue.

"He's doing good," Golden said. "I think he's doing a good job, had a good offseason program. There's more competition there. I think he's focusing on the things he has to do better."

Despite the strong spring play so far, Armstrong does still need to improve in some areas of his game.

"We're looking for consistency there and then don't press, let the system take you to the play," Golden said. "When you have plays, capitalize on them. Clearly he's learning better and he's moving better so I'm encouraged by that."

One of the reasons for his improved play has been the competition he's been getting from players behind him on the depth chart at safety.

"I'm encouraged by the depth we have at that position," Golden said. "All of a sudden the competition at safety and linebacker went from being tenuous to very comparable. You can sense that guys know they are interchangeable and that helps the team."

So what does Golden want to see him his senior safety in the final couple weeks of spring ball?

"He's gotta settle down and not press, let the plays come to him and stay with the techniques and stay in assignment," he said.

A.J. Highsmith has a slight edge over Vaughn Telemaque right now at the other safety spot for the Hurricanes.


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