LINCOLN, Neb. - Nebraska redshirt freshman quarterback Tommy Armstrong could find himself back in the same position he started this season on Saturday – Taylor Martinez's backup.
The undefeated starter says it won't change his preparation.
"Either way I am going to prepare like I am going to play if my number is called. At the same time like I said before, Taylor has earned that right to practice and play. I am going to take my role however it is," said Armstrong. "I was at the situation at the beginning of the year. At the same time though he is experienced and has earned the right to come back and take that role on. Yeah I am the future being the quarterback here for a couple of years, but at the same time you just have to understand that this guy has been here for four or five years and he has done a lot."
Armstrong struggled in his last appearance, going 6-of-18 for only 43 yards against Purdue. His quarterback rating was meager 20.1.
"It was pretty tough. We prepared for a bunch of things and then they came out and did the opposite of what we prepared for," said Armstrong. "It is pretty hard when you go out there preparing for something and they do the opposite. We just had to respond the right way.
"Then we had a couple of plays that I shouldn't have made those mistakes, and I need to respond to adversity. I put most of the pressure on myself and Coach (Tim) Beck always told me not to do that. He told me after the game we got the win, and no matter how you did we still all went out there and capitalized on some things and you did some things bad here and you did some good things."
Martinez is probable for the weekend, after practicing the last three days. If he can't go, he will be in the same role he has been in for the last few weeks – a mentor to Armstrong and Ron Kellogg III.
"He is always with us. No matter if he is in the meeting room or he is out there with us on the sideline," said Armstrong. "He tells us that we should focus more on something or we made a bad read here and we need to do this or that, but him being a five-year veteran really helps me. He has been under this system for two years and he has had two playbooks in four years. It helps a lot knowing he wants to help us."