Armour Earns Starting Position

Junior cornerback Carlos Armour has been earning steady playing time this season in the rotation at cornerback. On Tuesday, the depth chart for the game against FIU was released, and Armour was listed as a starter for the first time in his career.

Carlos Armour, the oft-injured junior cornerback, has been enjoying his first healthy season in two years. As a freshman, he received playing time during the middle of the season and was poised to compete for the starting job as a sophomore. Unfortunately, back-to-back season ending injuries ended his second and third years prematurely. Armour spoke after practice on Tuesday about getting the opportunity to start against FIU.

"It feels good to go out and for them to have that trust in me," Armour said. "For me to go out there and perform to the best of my ability, it's just the opportunity that I've been waiting for. I know I have the capabilities to get it done, I just have to go out and stay focused in what I'm doing, believe in my coaches, and trust in my technique."

Armour got considerable playing time last week against Oklahoma, and spoke about how the coaches and players have tried to correct the problems that OU exploited.

" [We need] more communication, more hand signals, more urgency to line up, more play calling, more talking and communication," Armour said.

"It (the OU game) was frustrating, but we're all about bouncing back. We're always going to be flying around. We have that high intensity, we're going to come out with a great attitude, and we're going to play hard each play."

Most players were relatively quiet when asked about the OU game, and Armour was no exception. However, he had a lot to say about their upcoming game against Florida International.

"We have an opportunity to come out, smash them in the mouth, make a statement, make in impact, rack up points, and stop the nonbelievers," Armour said. "We have the offense to do it, we have the defense to shut them down, we just have to go out there and make the fans believers. That's what we're trying to get done."

While FIU has not had significant success thus far this season, their offense has some big targets. Armour spoke about how he thought about matching up with them.

"As far as matchups, I don't look at things like size, speed, or quickness," he said. "Those things are good to figure out what you're going against in an opponent, but we are sticking to our game plan, we're trusting our coaches and doing what they're saying, we're sticking to our technique, and that's how we're going to get the job done."

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