Taylor Martinez has been a fixture at quarterback for The Nebraska Cornhuskers for the last four seasons. The last time he was not in the starting lineup was against Colorado back in 2010. If he is unable to start due to a turf toe injury against South Dakota State either Ron Kellogg III or Tommy Armstrong Jr. will get the call. Here are five reasons Tommy Armstrong should start if Martinez sits out against the Jackrabbits.
1) Tommy Armstrong Is The Future: While nothing can be guaranteed, Armstrong is the likely candidate to take over for Martinez in 2014. Why not let Armstrong give the coaching staff and fans an opportunity to see what he is capable of doing. Who knows, maybe he will be good enough to make an impact this year.
2) Armstrong Is A True Duel Threat: One of the issues that the offense has faced is that Taylor Martinez has not been himself when it comes to running the football. Being a duel threat at quarterback is an important piece in the success of Nebraska’s offense. Armstrong would bring that duel threat aspect to the game that would make this offense much more formidable.
3) He Is The Best Option For Success: Not to take anything away from Ron Kellogg, but Armstrong has a higher skill set. No, Armstrong does not have the same knowledge of the offense, but the kid has an “it” factor that Kellogg just can’t match. Armstrong puts Nebraska in a better position to win, and winning is all that matters.
4) It Could Be The Spark This Offense Needs: The Huskers offense is stagnant. Tommy Armstrong could give it the shot in the arm that helps bring this unit back to life.
5) This Is The Perfect Situation For His First Career Start: Sure, starting his first game against Florida Atlantic next season would be a good way to ease Armstrong in to his new role. Maybe starting this week would be a better way to go. South Dakota State might not be a juggernaut, but there will be pressure on Nebraska to play well. It will give Armstrong a little taste of the expectations he will face next season.