Armstrong still in a QB battle

The nation's No. 5 quarterback in the 2012 recruiting class is battling it out for reps with the Nebraska second team. But how long will it last?

Lincoln, NE - Who said their wouldn't be drama at the Nebraska quarterback position this fall?

While junior third-year starter Taylor Martinez might have a lock on the top spot, three players are battling it out for No. 2 reps heading into the Huskers' first game week – including true freshman Tommy Armstrong.

On Thursday, Nebraska offensive coordinator Tim Beck said the coaching staff is not at a point yet to decide on the second team guy. It's BRR's belief all indications are a decision will be made before Southern Miss. It's likely Armstrong, who was the nation's No. 5 quarterback coming out of high school, will know if he's redshirting by sometime next week.

"I think you've got to make a decision that you're going to play him or you don't," Beck told reporter. "There are not enough reps, anyway, to get a backup ready, because your starter has to get the majority of them.

"To have a guy kind of half in, I don't think you can do that. He's got to be a guy that you say you're going to go with him if something happens, and get him ready."

Armstrong threw for 1,945 yards and 29 touchdowns against just two interceptions in 2011, leading his Cibolo Steele Knights to a Texas 5A state-title appearance.

Josh Harvey has covered college football and recruiting for Fox Sports & Scout.com since 2008. He is now the Publisher of Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics.
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