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Nebraska's Tommy Armstrong progressing well

Nebraska head coach Mike Riley was asked about his starting quarterback Tommy Armstrong during his Big Ten Media Days side session.

CHICAGO, Ill - Speaking at Big Ten Media Days, Nebraska head coach Mike Riley said junior quarterback Tommy Armstrong progression at the quarterback spot was evident in the spring and the junior is a great leader. 

Likely Nebraska's started heading into the season, Armstrong's skill-set isn't that of a traditional Mike Riley quarterback. 

Related: Armstrong named to Manning Award Watch List 

"It's made us in a lot of ways kind of get out of our own box and look at what's good for the players because what you want to do all the time is not necessarily what's going to be best to do for your team," said Riley. "And so discovering it and selecting that, like I said, is a big, big issue in how this is going to look in this season."

Armstrong has started 21 times in his career and racked up 3,400 total yards last year on the ground and through the air. A former four-star prospect out of Texas, Armstrong set sophomore records for passing yards, passing touchdowns and total offense in 2014.

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