Armstrong says outside noise doesn't matter

Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong is preparing as the starter this week and shutting out the noise in the process.

LINCOLN, Neb. - Despite seeing his quarterback struggle over the last few weeks, Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini says Tommy Armstrong is the guy and will start against Minnesota on Saturday.

Armstrong has been the topic of many discussions on message boards, social media, and Nebraska radio stations this week. While many fans aren’t calling for Armstrong to be benched, they would like to see sophomore Ryker Fyfe or redshirt freshman Johnny Stanton receive some meaningful snaps against Minnesota.

"You got to have a thick skin," Armstrong said. "Honestly, you just have to make sure everything bounces off of you. Don't take anything in except for what your coaches tell you, your teammates tell you. Stay off social media and just make sure you're taking care of yourself, worrying about yourself, and worrying about your team. Because at the end of the day that's all that matters."

The former Texas prep is 15-3 as the Huskers starting quarterback. This season, the sophomore has thrown for 1,889 yards with 14 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He’s also gained close to 600 yards on the ground in ten games.

With the noise getting louder as everyday passes without a bounce-back performance, Big Red Report asked Armstrong if he realized how loud it can really get in Lincoln when he signed on with the Huskers a few years ago.

“I realized it - you have to have tough skin when it comes to stuff,” said Armstrong. “People want to say stuff and believe they know everything about football. They think they know what’s going on inside this building. At the end of the day, only us as a team knows exactly what’s going on. Knows what happened on this play or that play. It’s easy to sit from the outside or your living room watching on TV and judge a situation by what you saw. At the end of the day, it’s about our coaches and players and how we observe it. What we did wrong and how we can fix things.”

Armstrong continued…

“What people say about the university, our players, myself, our coaches, it doesn’t matter. Our family belongs in this building,” said Armstrong. “We are the only ones sitting up here, coming in during the summer at 5:30 a.m. and not leaving until 7 p.m. – working our tails off everyday in the weight room and watching film, doing what we do to prepare for the season. That’s all that matters, our team and coaches. Nobody can say anything about that because at the end of the day they aren’t doing what we are doing.”

Armstrong feels he has the full support of his teammates going into Minnesota.

“When things are going bad, I’m the guy that is supposed to step up and make plays, putting my teammates in the right situation,” said Armstrong. “Honestly I felt like I didn’t do that the right way when it came to certain things. This week is a great week to prepare the right way.”

Senior receiver Kenny Bell was asked how he felt Armstrong was dealing with the week.

“Tommy is a stud,” said Bell. “He’s a resilient guy, he’s tough, he will be just fine. You have to take your licks at some point and he’s taking them. It’s just going to make him that much better down the road.”

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