Sophomore quarterback Tommy Armstrong has been impressing the NU coaching staff as the season draws near. According to offensive coordinator Tim Beck, Armstrong, who started eight games last season, had a great week of practice last week, and brought it with him Monday on the practice field.
“He seemed to really step his game up, much more crisp in the passing game, much more decisive in the running game, read and option games.” Beck said. “I saw a little extra gear in him (Armstrong), separating himself a little bit.”
The competition is still hot for the back-up quarterback position Beck said noting that all three quarterbacks bring something special to the field.
“We are still evaluating that right now. I am really still evaluating all of them at this point,” he said. “Tommy has been doing some really good things, Ryker and Johnny both had a good day today. They all possess some things that make them pretty good players.”
Beck said he has seen some progress with NU’s overall offense but would like to see the team continue to progress going through the final week of fall camp.
“I am pleased. There is progress, and I think that is all you can ask at this point,” Beck said. “Too many drops today, but we threw the ball on time and our guys are doing some good things. Again, I like where we are at and where we are going.”
An offensive lineman that has been catching the eyes of the coaching staff has been junior offensive tackle Matt Finnin of Crete, Ill. Standing in at a towering 6-foor-7, Beck hopes Finnin can play a key role in the right side of the offensive line in 2014.
“Matt has really kicked it into gear (this past week). I have been really pleased with his camp. He has been doing some really good things, and I think he will be able to help us this year.”