LINCOLN, Neb. - For Nebraska to contend for a Big Ten title conference appearance in 2015, starting quarterback Tommy Armstrong will need to improve on his completion rate from a year ago. Throwing 53 percent in the Huskers new offense won't get it done.
As far as his running ability, the new coaching staff is likely leaving it alone - it's just fine.
With 400 onlookers and the media present, Armstrong had a solid scrimmage on Saturday night, with multiple touchdowns through the air. His biggest play came on a TD run. A long one - really long.
"If what we could do as a goal is to utilize Tommy, and those things like that, that he can do and has done, and then just get the exact right stuff in the passing game that we can do effectively that complements that stuff, that's where we have to head. "Because then I think we can be pretty exciting," said head coach Mike Riley after practice.
"We have to utilize him doing that, because he looked really good on that play. He's a good athlete. He's a good football player. He loves to compete. So we've got, as you can see, to be a lot more consistent in what we want to do passing the ball. But the elements are there. So we'll just keep going."