A pair of Nebraska players were honored on Monday for their outstanding efforts in the Huskers’ 17-13 victory at Michigan on Saturday.
Sophomore defensive end Randy Gregory was named co-Defensive Player of the Week, sharing the honor with Wisconsin linebacker Chris Borland. Redshirt freshman quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. earned Freshman-of-the-Week honors.
The 6-6, 255-pound Gregory dominated the line of scrimmage against the Wolverines. Gregory recorded four total tackles, including three sacks for 14 yards in losses, including a sack on Michigan’s final offensive possession. Gregory also added a pair of quarterback hurries in the contest.
Gregory’s play paced an outstanding effort by the Blackshirts. Nebraska held Michigan to -21 rushing yards and recorded a season-high seven sacks in the contest. Gregory leads the Big Ten Conference in sacks with 7.5 on the season, including seven sacks in conference games. Nebraska ranks fourth nationally with 3.3 sacks per contest.
Armstrong was honored for leading Nebraska’s victory at Michigan. Armstrong completed 11-of-19 passes in the game, including the game-winning five-yard touchdown pass to Ameer Abdullah with 2:03 to play. Armstrong was at his best on the Huskers’ clinching drive, completing 5-of-7 passes for 59 yards on the drive, while also rushing for seven yards.
Armstrong improved to 5-0 as Nebraska’s starting quarterback, matching Taylor Martinez for the best start to a career by a freshman quarterback.
Armstrong’s honor marked the second straight week Nebraska has won the freshman honor after Jordan Westerkamp was honored for his performance against Northwestern. NU has four total winners this season after Ameer Abdullah was the Offensive Player of the Week for his rushing effort against Wisconsin.