Armour Has Bright Future

Carlos Armour is a 6-foot-3 cornerback from Memphis. He played primarily on special teams last year as a freshman and has shown great promise on the practice field. Unfortunately for Armour he suffered a setback this spring.

Carlos Armour tore his ACL during practice on March 22. The injury occurred when Armour was making a break on a ballcarrier.

"As soon as I broke to position myself to make the tackle I just heard a pop," Armour recalled.

The worst fear for any athlete is an injury especially one of serious nature.

"It was scary because at the time I felt I was elevating my game," Armour said. "Then at that moment I thought I was out for another year."

He was beginning to make plays while running with the second unit. He possesses good size and speed with a toughness that coaches like. With his size he is able to play physical at the line while running downfield step for step with a fast receiver. His confidence was high and was beginning to emerge as a player.

Armour will undergo surgery on Monday, April 11. He wants to get started with the rehab process as soon as possible.

"Hopefully I will be back out there--probably mid-season we are looking at."

Armour had a message to Miami fans and supporters.

"I am going to tough it out," Armour said. "I can't rush it. Hopefully I will be back this year, but if not, then I will just redshirt. I will continue to grow, learn, and get stronger. I will come back with the same focus and the instensity."

Last year as a freshman Armour had his redshirt pulled in the eighth game of the season against Clemson. He primarily played on special teams, but it was a good learning experience.

"Getting out there on special teams for the first team was overwhelming," Armour said. "I got to see the speed of the game up close. The plays are coming real fast and you have to adjust to it."

He considered last year a "good start" to his collegiate career. Carlos and Rashuan Jones (Lake City, Fla.) came in together and have developed a close bond. Both players are cornerbacks with good size. The "twin towers" had a productive season on scout team before playing late in the year.

"We both came in a little bit behind," Armour said. "We had to play catch-up and do our thing on scout team. We both took it upon ourselves to get better on scout team. We wanted to lock down our guys and not let them catch a pass.

Armour arrived to Coral Gables from Memphis, Tenn. where he played his high school ball at Melrose--a perennial powerhouse. South Florida is known for having great high school football programs and Armour has been able to attend games here since his arrival. He has noticed something that seperates high school football in South Florida apart from his hometown.

"The biggest difference isn't speed--everybody has speed," Armour said. "Everybody could come out and do what the coaches ask them to do, but not everyone does that back home. That is what sets an athlete apart from another athlete. It is mental thing."

In 2004 the Melrose Golden Wildcats had five players sign Division I letter of intent. Armour had the closest relationship with Joseph Doss, a running back at Memphis, who finished second on the team in rushing with 183 yards. He was the primary backup to DeAngelo Williams, who finsished second in the country in rushing.

"Whatever he tried to do, I tried to do better," Armour said. "We just pushing each other and it was good competition. We made each other better."

After a productive career at Melrose and his first season at Miami, Armour came into spring practices this year with the mentally to learn. He wanted to contribute to the team more. Unfortunately he suffered a setback, but maintains a positive attitude despite the unfortunate cirumstances.

"The ball doesn't bounce the right way all of the time," Armour said. "The injury has set me back, but I can't rush it to get back out here. I just have to take it one day at a time. Hopefully when I get back, I'll be ready to contribute."

"I just have to stay focused."

Christopher Stock is a Senior Writer & Assistant Editor for CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at stock@canestime.com

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